8 Fantastic Southern Delaware Charities That Need, And Deserve, Our Support

Here at the Whayland Co., we not only consider ourselves a proud locally owned and operated Sussex County business, but we also like to think that we’re an integral part of the communities where we live and work.

We encourage all of our employees to become involved in local issues and support local charitable organizations, and there are certainly many worthwhile groups right here in southern Delaware that do fantastic things for those in need.

So today, we’d like to tell you a little bit about eight of our favorites. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list by any means, but it is some of the charitable organizations that we feel are worthy of your attention and support.

If you want to get behind a good cause, and keep your money in our local communities, these eight organizations are a great place to start.

So here we go…

A.C.E. Peer Resource Center (Seaford and Georgetown). Founder Jim Martin is tireless in his efforts to help the area’s homeless population, and he now has two locations. At each one, those in need can stop in for a meal, a shower, to search for jobs or just to get some much-needed support, assistance and/or advice from others who empathize with their situation.

A.C.E. facilities are located in downtown Seaford and on Route 113 in Georgetown. Call 302-628-3016 to find out how you can assist this fantastic Sussex County charitable organization.

Clothing Our Kids (Millsboro). Based in Millsboro, Clothing Our Kids works with all 33 Sussex County elementary schools to ensure that at-risk school children in the area have adequate clothing and shoes.

In 2016, the organization distributed more than 16,000 items to more than 3,500 local elementary school students.

To learn more, or to donate to this worthwhile local cause, visit www.clothingourkids.org.

Good Ole’ Boy Foundation (Laurel). A perfect example of “people helping people,” this local non-profit is based in Laurel and aims to assist local residents who are a bit down on their luck.

The foundation bills itself as a “conduit between the generosity of individuals within the community and the families who need a helping hand.” It holds a major fundraiser, the “Sweethearts Ball,” every winter, with proceeds used to further their charitable goals in the community.

To learn more, visit www.goodoleboyfoundation.com.

Home of the Brave (Milford). Geared toward former members of the U.S. military, Home of the Brave provides temporary housing, food, stability, guidance and support to those who need it most.

The “Home” also assists with employment, provides counseling services and assists with health care, transportation and other issues for veterans in need.

Learn more at www.homeofthebravefdn.org.

Jusst Sooup Ministries (Cool Spring). You might remember the Dunnings from an episode of “Extreme Makeover” a few years back, and Dale Dunning is still delivering as many delicious meals to her “soupers” as she always has.

Based out of her ranch in Cool Spring, on Route 9, Dale Dunning and her family feed hundreds of hungry Sussex Countians every week. It’s a fantastic ministry and one we’re excited to support and recommend here at Whayland.

To learn more about the Dunnings and their soup ministry, visit www.jusstsooup.org.

Justin’s Beach House (Ocean View). Now here’s a perfect example of how you can turn an extreme negative into an extreme positive.

Named after Justin Jennings, who died at the young age of 19, Justin’s Beach House is a respite home for cancer victims and their families. It offers a free place to stay at the beach, away from doctors and hospitals, where memories can be made that will last a lifetime.

It’s a fantastic local charity, and one we hope you’ll consider supporting. Learn more at www.justinjennings.org.

Sussex County SPCA (Georgetown). There are lots of pets out there out there that are looking for their “forever home,” and this is a perfect charity for all the animal lovers out there to get behind.

This selection on our list is a bit unique, as you can support this charity in more ways than one. The SPCA is always in need of extra funds and will certainly accept and appreciate your donation, but you can also support the SPCA by adopting an animal.

Learn more about both options at www.delspca.org.

Sussex County Habitat for Humanity (Georgetown). As builders ourselves, this is definitely one of our favorites. This fantastic local charity has built more than 100 homes for needy local residents since its founding, and is constantly growing to serve more and more members of the community.

Those who are chosen for the program are required to help build their homes, which allows them to be involved in the process and not feel like they’re receiving a handout.

It’s a great local branch of a nationwide non-profit, and one we hope you’ll want to learn more about. You can do so at www.sussexcountyhabitat.org.

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