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Spotlight on nominee Beach Food Pantry

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nominee Beach Food Pantry

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy OBX nominees, we have nominee Beach Food Pantry, nominated by donor obxlisa. They provide free groceries to individuals and families in our community who have been affected by a temporary crisis or emergency. You can find their web site here.

A few words on Charitocracy

Firstly, for newcomers: here's how it works. Donors pool their monthly contributions, as little as $1. The cause with the most votes each month wins the pot. No matter how much or how little you contribute, each donor at Charitocracy gets one vote. This is where charity meets democracy. So please share this post (see social sharing icons at top of post) and ask your friends to join us and vote! That's how we spread the word and, as a result, grow the monthly pot. The bigger the pot, the bigger our positive impact on the world!

About nominee Beach Food Pantry

We offer hope to the estimated 5,680 people in Dare County who are food insecure - 1,550 of whom are children. And, we offer our commitment - to every Dare County resident - that we will be prepared to do our part should our Outer Banks community ever be affected by a natural event.

The Beach Food Pantry (BFP) was organized by a few local religious organizations in 1989. In 1992, the BFP incorporated. In 2004, we became an IRS Tax Exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Over the years, the BFP has been located at St. Andrews by the Sea Episcopal Church and Holy Trinity in Nags Head; the Emergency Medical Services station in Kill Devil Hills; Southern Shores; and various locations in Kitty Hawk. In January 2016, we moved to our new permanent home at 4007 North Croatan Highway in Kitty Hawk.

The BFP operates under a set of bylaws with our primary mission to help fight hunger and poverty of residents of Dare County by providing temporary assistance of food, and information regarding other services to alleviate hunger and poverty. We have a 13-member Board of Directors, with a four-member Executive Committee, and an Executive Director. We are supported by a 16-member local church and civic organizational structure which helps staff the pantry, volunteers who assist by picking up donations from retail stores, and over 300 total volunteers who support the Pantry through some form of volunteer service. We also have numerous individual, organizations, businesses, religious entities, and corporations which contribute food and money to us regularly to help support our mission. Along with donations from community food drives, religious organizations, businesses, philanthropic groups, and individual citizens, we purchase a large amount of food and other items from the Food Bank of the Albemarle. Once a month, we are supplemented with product from the State Nutritional Aid Program (SNAP). Additionally, we receive meat, produce, baked goods, dairy, and other items at a minimal per pound cost from the Southern Shores, Kill Devil Hills, and Nags Head Food Lions and Fresh Market in Nags Head.

The people and families that we serve are given a minimum two-week supply of food based on family size. We provide temporary assistance up to four times a year, with a minimum of 30 days required between visits. In 2014, we were named Outer Banks Non-Profit of the Year through the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit of the Year Program. We are an affiliate of Feeding America and the Food Bank of the Albemarle, and are members of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, North Carolina Center for Non-Profits and NC Tech 4 Good.

So check out this slideshow presentation which, despite being 4 years old now, really captures how big a part of our community BFP is. Then please visit the page of Beach Food Pantry to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

Spotlight on nominee N.E.S.T.

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nominee N.E.S.T. (The Network for Endangered Sea Turtles)

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy OBX nominees, we have nominee N.E.S.T., The Network for Endangered Sea Turtles, nominated by donor bjstager. They preserve and protect the habitats and migration routes of Sea Turtles and other marine animals on the Outer Banks of North Carolina from the Virginia border to Oregon Inlet. You can find their web site here.

A few words on Charitocracy

Firstly, for newcomers: here's how it works. Donors pool their monthly contributions, as little as $1. The cause with the most votes each month wins the pot. No matter how much or how little you contribute, each donor at Charitocracy gets one vote. This is where charity meets democracy. So please share this post (see social sharing icons at top of post) and ask your friends to join us and vote! That's how we spread the word and, as a result, grow the monthly pot. The bigger the pot, the bigger our positive impact on the world!

About nominee N.E.S.T.

Led by our founder Millie Overman, NEST was established in 1995. N.E.S.T. is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of sea turtles and other protected marine wildlife on the Outer Banks of North Carolina from the Virginia line to south Nags Head. N.E.S.T. is committed to contributing to the preservation of these species through research and rescue and rehabilitation efforts and to fostering greater understanding and appreciation of these species and their habitat through education and enhanced public awareness. We work in partnership with the North Carolina Wildlife Commission and the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. We also work closely with the townships in Dare and Currituck Counties on issues related to sea turtles.

N.E.S.T. Program Currently Includes:

  • ATV beach patrols – Identification and verification of sea turtle nests
  • Protecting nests and hatchlings
  • Rescue and rehabilitation of stranded sea turtles
  • Education and support of sea turtle research

So check out this amazing video of hatching sea turtles, then please visit the page of N.E.S.T. to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

September 2021 winner OBX Room in the Inn

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Charitocracy OBX's 12th check to September winner OBX Room in the Inn for $500

We have good news about September winner OBX Room in the Inn, right after this quick update...

Happy birthday, Charitocracy OBX!

We've had a successful first year, supporting 12 wonderful causes, and now have plenty of nominees to choose from each month. (The more the merrier, of course, so feel free to nominate your favorite local nonprofit!)

Want to celebrate by pushing the monthly pot past $500? Consider inviting some new donors, and/or bumping up your own donation!

Also, if you know of any individual or business that would like to help boost our impact, by all means let's get those monthly grants up to $1000 and beyond! Every $1200 per year we receive means another $100 bump in our outgoing grant checks. And I'd be happy to maintain a prominent list of big ticket donors helping make that happen! As a business seeking opportunities to spread good will, why pick just one organization to support when you could let us pick twelve for you and really spread your good will around?! One stop shopping here at Charitocracy, so if you know anyone, do get in touch...

September 2021 winner OBX Room in the Inn

Yesterday we named Charitocracy OBX's 12th monthly winner! Congratulations to OBX Room in the Inn, nominated by donor Ltwood@yahoo.com. They organize shelter for the homeless in the Outer Banks, also providing hospitality, food, and support services. You can find their website here. You may recall they also won Charitocracy USA in summer 2020...

Now you have a week to sweeten the pot with a special one-time donation of any amount, which we'll add straight to the check we write to OBX Room in the Inn. So take a moment now to feel good about your part in our collective $500+ grant to help with their ongoing work!

Have a great October and be sure to log into Charitocracy OBX to update your votes or nominate a new cause!