Giving Back Nationally
RAMP's vision is to significantly improve the well-being of children and families across rural Appalachia.
RAMP's mission is to connect resources, invest in communities, and empower children and families to lift themselves out of poverty, beginning in Martin County, Kentucky.
Southern Valley helps by partnering with the Southeast Produce Council to donate food to RAMP. The Southeast Produce Council holds a fall and spring food drive, feeds over 500 families, provides money for school snacks, donated refrigerated storage units, bought a six pallet truck, donates produce annually, and builds relationships with RAMP founders and workers.
Philabundance was created in 1984 with the simple belief that no man, woman or child should go hungry. Their growth and eventual integration with the Philadelphia Food Bank in 2005 has made them the region’s largest hunger relief organization. They are able to address hunger through direct service programs and a network of 500 member agencies, as well as contribute to a broad spectrum of social services through food cupboards, emergency kitchens, shelters, daycare and senior centers and beyond.
Southern Valley helps by donating produce, building relationships with Philabundance, and also by monetary donations.
In 2013, Southern Valley donated an estimated 3,000,000 lbs of produce to food banks across the country at cost of production.
Giving Back Locally
Make-A-Wish is a non-profit organization founded in 1995 that grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories. 80% of wishes are granted from donations and the Georgia chapter alone grants 550+ wishes a year.
Southern Valley helps by donating money annually as well as having some of the staff trained as Make-A-Wish Volunteers. At age 10, Courtney Hamilton was diagnosed with Leukemia. She underwent 3 years of therapy and is thankful to say that by the age of 13 her cancer was considered to be fully in remission. However, as you can imagine, the experience stuck with her. Today, she makes it a personal goal to give back to other kids who are suffering with cancer through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Serenity House provides a 24 hour helpline, emergency shelter for victims and their children, legal advocacy, and more for victims and children of domestic violence. They provide victims of family violence with a place of safety, help and guidance in the transition to self-sufficiency, and provide counseling and support for women, children, and families who are victims of family violence and in need of service, but not shelter. They also educate the public about family violence and resources available, and provide education for the prevention of family violence in the community.
Southern Valley donates annually, usually averaging $4,000 worth of produce each year.