Associated Charities

Mission Statement

To show LOVE and compassion, and better the lives of people through quality charitable service.

Statement of Purpose

To help and assist individuals and families in need within our community.

Board of Directors

AC Board of Directors

Cindy Dawsey - Director

Phillip Armstrong - Assistant Director

Dr. Peter Copeland - Secretary

Annis Sexton

Maureen Maki

Ron Lane

Cindy Wells

AC Advisory Board

Rev. Jay Elkins

Brandy Campbell

Mary Catherine Hardee AC Scholarship

Mary Catherine Hardee Associated Charities Scholarship

Born in Horry County, Mary Catherine has devoted the last forty plus years of her life to working as a volunteer at Associated Charities.  Her iconic smile and love of helping people have garnered her many friendships with co-workers and clients.

She and her husband traveled together, laughed together, worked together, dug sand dollars with their toes together, and raised four daughters.  And she can cook some mean fried chicken!

Mary Catherine loves reading, yard work, trying to get okra to grow in the garden, and her church.  She has been a member of First Baptist for over sixty years.  Her staunch faith is reflected in the energy she projects to everyone.  This is a woman who loves every moment she gives to Associated Charities. 


Midtown Vineyard Church

Waymaker Ministries

The Chapin Foundation

The Lovely Law Firm

Beach Plumbing

SC Home Improvements

Patch Boys

Restoration 1

A-Z Glass Repair

La Zell's Florist

Corvette Club of Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach Grand Bowling Senate

Our History

Associated Charities, Inc. was formed and began operations in 1952.  It was formed by Mr. Cliff Hammond.  Operations were started in various rental quarters within the City of Myrtle Beach, SC.  In 1965, land was donated and funds were raised from businesses, churches, and individuals to build a facility on 10th Avenue North.  In December 2000, the State bought the back third of the building to make way for the realignment of 10th Avenue North.  At that time, the organization began looking for a new home.  

In January of 2001, Associated Charities closed the 10th Avenue location and a building fund was created and generously supported by churches and individuals that made it possible to purchase a building at our present location, 742 Lumber Street in Myrtle Beach.  Our first 'Give-Away Day' was held on March 13, 2001.

At the outset and continuing today, Associated Charities Inc. has no paid employees.  The organization is run completely by dedicated volunteers who give their free time to help keep our programs going to meet the needs of our community.  During the first 35 years of operation, the local church community and several individuals generously supported our mission.  All donated items were given to those in need.