The island's commitment to sustainability began with Captain Willian Hilton in 1663 and continued with developer Charles Fraser's forward-thinking approach nearly 300 years later. Fraser established high land-planning standards, incorporating covenants and deed restrictions to preserve the island's cleanliness and vibrancy. His innovative approach limited development, prioritizing natural scenery and blending man-made structures with the maritime pine forest. Away from the oceanfront, homes harmonize with nature, allowing nighttime's stars to shine, and providing sanctuaries for the island's diverse wildlife. Today, the town prioritizes land acquisition for green space, protecting the habitat and cultural resources of its natural inhabitants, including manatees, dolphins, egrets, deer, foxes, and bald eagles, with over 300 acres acquired to date.
Giving & Volunteer Opportunities
Engage in meaningful contributions by donating or volunteering with our diverse local organizations on the island. Every contribution, big or small, makes a difference. Join us in protecting and preserving our delicate ecosystem for future generations to enjoy.
The Outside Foundation
The Outside Foundation advances its mission through programs and advocacy, notably the Oyster Recycling and Reef Building initiative, which has collected over 100 tons of oyster shells through a designated drop-off location. The Foundation also supports activities such as oyster shell recycling routes, volunteer oyster bagging, reef-building efforts, beach clean-ups, waterway clean-ups, and the annual Keep the Brad Creek Clean Festival.
Sea Turtle Patrol
The Sea Turtle Patrol is dedicated to conserving sea turtles, ensuring their protection for future generations. Through annual monitoring on Hilton Head Island beaches, the Patrol supports sea turtle nesting and hatching activities annually. The organization also plays a crucial role in raising awareness through public education and outreach to safeguard these endangered species.
Deep Well Project
The Deep Well Project has been helping neighbors in need since 1973. The organization was founded by Charlotte Heinrichs as a service to the local community that suffered illness as a result of drinking contaminated water from shallow wells. Over the decades, other needs evolved. We help people in emergency situations by giving them an immediate hand up so that they can continue to help themselves.
Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park
Founded three years before the Emancipation Proclamation, Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park is the first town for formerly enslaved people. Upon completion, the park will serve as a significant visitor attraction, drawing culture and heritage tourists, stimulating the north end's economy, and garnering national recognition for Native Islanders and the Gullah Geechee culture.