Friendly Express is all about being, well, friendly. And that doesn’t mean just to customers––it means to everyone. Giving back to the southeast Georgia community is one of our top priorities, from providing coats for children in need, to supporting research to fight breast cancer. Below are some of the major causes in which we have been involved.
The summer of 2012 Friendly Express began donating a portion of all fountain and coffee sales on Fridays to our Charitable Foundation. We have provided those funds to local food pantries (Mary Street Mission, Manna House, St Joseph's Loaves & Fishes, Tabatha's Place and The Sycamore Tree, to name a few) in support of our commitment for hunger relief.
Update: To date we have seen wonderful success with this project, raising $244,766.33 to date. We look forward to continued success, thank you for your support!
Our annual tournament is specifically geared to raising funds to benefit the needs of children in our markets. Since 2000, our vendors have helped us raise more than $1,000,000 for local charities. Our most recent tournament was held in November of 2018 at Jekyll Island Golf Club on Jekyll Island, Georgia and we were able to raise $130k for selected charities. A few of them are:
Kingdom Care is a non-profit, volunteer based, free clinic, providing health-care to those who meet requirements. Offering medical, dental and optical care along with education related to problems identified during care. Services at Kingdom Care are available to the working uninsured residents of Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Pierce and Ware County who have a household income at below 200% of the federal poverty level and are not eligible to receive Medicaid, Medicare, work-related benefits or other coverage. Those who have lost employment and are actively seeking work, as well as those people actively seeking work, as well as those people actively seeking disability status, may be eligible for some Kingdom Care services.
Dreams Come True
Dreams Come True is the only locally based non-profit organization in northeast Florida/southeast Georgia that grants the dreams of local children battling life-threatening illnesses. Dreams Come True is unique in that 100% of donations from the community, unless otherwise designated, go directly and completely to the dreams of local children.
Hospice Satilla, Inc. is a community-based, non-profit organization. They rely heavily on memorials, donations, memberships and fund-raising activities. Hospice Satilla offers a continuum of services to assist famiies during a very difficult journey.
Coastal Coalition for Children
This organization provides education, support and prevention programs for children and their families to promote health, security and self-sufficiency.
Georgia Baptist Children's Home
This organization is is a Christian caring ministry of services designed to promote the spiritual, physical and emotional well-being of children, youth and families.