The Reserve receives the “Community Spirit” Bliss Award for Philanthropic Work

2016_Best_Communities_of_the_Year_blackThe Reserve at Lake Keowee has been honored with Community Spirit of the Year in Real Estate Scorecard’s 2016 Bliss Awards. The Reserve was recognized for a broad range of outreach performed by club members in counties surrounding the community, including Pickens, Oconee and Greenville counties.

The Reserve at Lake Keowee established its Charitable Foundation in 2006 and has since raised more than $400,000 for various local programs. In 2015 beneficiaries included the Pickens Senior Center, Safe Harbor, Pickens County Meals on Wheels, Feed a Hungry Child and Helping Hands of Clemson.  In addition to raising funds and distributing financial aid, The Reserve member-volunteers dedicate hundreds of hours to local schools, fire departments, animal shelters and more.

“Through the Foundation, our members have impacted many lives in selfless ways,” said Cathy Washburn, Executive Director of The Reserve at Lake Keowee’s Community and Charitable Foundations, “Our goal from the start has been to make a difference for others in a hands-on way.”

Real Estate Scorecard, an industry leading online review site, had this to say of members’ efforts: “The Reserve has members who volunteer as local firefighters, yoga instructors catering to abused children, deliver Meals on Wheels, assist  local animal shelters and the list goes on and on. If you saw all the things they do, you might wonder how these folks find time to play in one of the finest Lake Keowee communities.”

Reserve member, John Howard, who is very active with the Pickens Senior Center says “Thanks to the help of the local community, Reserve members and contributions, the Center went from almost closing its doors, to now serving over 300 members in a newly renovated 10,000 sq. foot building.  The Center is run entirely by volunteers and offers a variety of services such as lunch, entertainment, educational programs, fitness classes, bingo, pool and much more.  This is why the contributions from the Charitable Foundation, individual support and time from our Reserve members is so critical to help serve the needs of Seniors in Pickens County.”

Janet Kowalski, also a Reserve member, talks about why she volunteers. “I think that in everyone, there’s a deep-rooted desire to leave our mark, to make a difference, to touch another’s life in a lasting, meaningful way. If life is kind to us, we’re able to set aside time to do those things, and if we’re truly blessed, we find a way that betters our own lives even as we’re working to help others.”

The Reserve’s Charitable Foundation is a part of the larger Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to enhance the quality of life at The Reserve and in the surrounding area.

About The Reserve at Lake Keowee Community Foundation:

The Reserve at Lake Keowee Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization created to enhance the quality of life at The Reserve and in the local area while fulfilling a sense of community and philanthropy for The Reserve’s members. The Community Foundation sponsors regular cultural events including concerts, plays, lectures, and two Artists in Residences. The Foundation has four major functions: 1.) Help preserve the natural resources in the area through acts and events of environmental stewardship; 2.) Provide educational programs for members and guests of The Reserve; 3.) Promote an arts program at The Reserve; and 4.) Provide outreach activities for neighboring communities in Pickens County, S.C., through the 501(c)(3) Charitable Foundation.

For more information on our Community Foundation

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