The Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island (WAHHI) celebrated its 60th anniversary Feb. 17 with a Zoom event and announcement of the selection of seven $1,500 Community Grants to deserving nonprofit organizations.

Since its founding in 1961, WAHHI has donated thousands of dollars to projects that benefit local charitable organizations to support specific program needs that align with WAHHI’s mission: To facilitate communication among women, to encourage projects that benefit the community and to promote the natural and cultural beauty of the Lowcountry.

Through the WAHHI Charitable Fund administered by The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, WAHHI awarded the following grants for 2021:

• The Heritage Library, for a new video library sharing the rich history of the community.

• Sea Turtle Patrol, to purchase signs reminding beachgoers of town ordinances that protect the sea turtles.

• The Children’s Center, to support low-income infant and toddler programs. 

• Pregnancy Center & Clinic of the Lowcountry, for classes offered to pregnant uninsured and underserved women.

• Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island, flu shots for minority women and children. 

• Sandalwood Community Food Pantry, supporting UBER transportation vouchers for low-income, single moms for four months.

• Family Promise of Beaufort County, supporting registration and childcare for four children for two weeks allowing parents to seek employment.

Founded in 1961, the Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island is an influential group of almost 800 women who are active in civic, cultural and philanthropic activities in the Bluffton and the Hilton Head community.

For more information regarding membership, please contact Linda Jackson at membership@wahhi.org