Palmetto Dunes Cares

2020 Turtle Trot 5k Summer Series is Virtual!

Click here for 2020 race schedule and to register.

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Palmetto Dunes Cares – Giving back while building a sense of community

To support the charitable interest for all those who live, invest, work, and play in the Palmetto Dunes community.

To provide resources and grants which benefit the greater Hilton Head Island area.

Food Drive-Saturday, July 11

Palmetto Dunes Cares is holding a Food Drive on Saturday, July 11.   Donations of non-perishable food and/or $10 gift cards to Walmart, Kroger or Publix can be dropped off from 8am-2pm at the King Neptune statue in Shelter Cove.   All donations go to the Sandalwood Community Food Pantry, who are helping to feed and nourish Hilton Head Community residents that are in need.

The Sandalwood Community Food Pantry serves the hungry and the needy on Hilton Head Island.  Providing food, love, dignity and spiritual guidance. Sandalwood Community Food Pantry is an equal opportunity provider.

About Palmetto Dunes Cares

palmetto dunes caresEstablished in 2018 by residents of the Palmetto Dunes Resort Community.  Our targeted areas of interest for giving include health, environment, arts and culture, community development and education to help support charitable interests within the Hilton Head community.   Funds raised by Palmetto Dunes Cares are awarded as grants through the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry (CFL).   The CFL is a 501©(3) organization and currently manages over 300 local funds.  Palmetto Dunes residents have input and involvement in the process of awarding grants.

Our Goal is that a charitable fund will create a closer sense of community among our full-time residents, investment property owners, and commercial businesses. Our aim is to show that Palmetto Dunes Cares through contributions to the greater needs of our community.


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Palmetto Dunes Cares is funded by donations and events such as the annual Turtle Trot 5k and Turtle Talks. 2020 Turtle Trot race schedule and registration

Turtle Trot
The Turtle Trot 5k is a family-friendly fun run series held in Palmetto Dunes April, June, July and August on Wednesday mornings. Please contact us if you’re interested in helping out.  What a great opportunity to meet and interact with your neighbors, our staff, and guests of our community!  You can also participate in the race! The 3.1-mile course may be run (or walked) by any who live, work, invest, or play here!

Run the Turtle Trot 5k virtually on Hilton Head Island this summer! Due to COVID-19, we are doing our part to social distance and taking the Turtle Trot 5K VIRTUAL for the summer races.


Step 1. REGISTER to run/walk the virtual 5k and invite your friends to join! Registration is $25 and includes a race t-shirt. Kids 12 and under are FREE to register and receive a race bib – you have the option to purchase them a t-shirt when you pick up yours.

Step 2. PICK UP your t-shirt and bib at the Palmetto Dunes POA Office (16 Queens Folly Rd.) Monday – Thursday from 8am – 1pm. Please bring your confirmation email (hardcopy or smartphone) to Pick Up.
Yes, you may pick up for more than one person.
Yes, you may pick up t-shirt and bib after you complete the 5K.

Step 3. RUN / WALK the 5K distance on your own (either on the official course or a course of your choosing). You have the entire week to complete the 5K – just make sure you submit your time to the Palmetto Dunes Turtle Trot 5K results leader board no later than Saturday at 12p. **Note: submitting results is optional.

POST A PICTURE of your run to Facebook or Instagram using #pdtt5k #hiltonheadrunningcompany

Step 4. ENJOY your visit to Palmetto Dunes and Hilton Head Island!

Race proceeds benefit the Palmetto Dunes Cares Fund, a charitable giving initiative targeting the areas of health, environment, arts and culture, community development, and education within the greater Hilton Head area.

2020 Turtle Trot race schedule and registration

Turtle Talk

Due to COVID-19, the summer 2020 Turtle Talks have been canceled. We are looking forward to returning in 2021!

Running June through August, Palmetto Dunes Cares hosts a weekly Turtle Talk starting from the Dunes House. The nighttime Turtle Talks are led by Marine Biologist Amber Kuehn. She educates participants on what they can do to help preserve Hilton Head Island’s hatching sea turtles and learn what is happening on our nesting beach. The program, designed for both visitors and residents, is fun and educational and appropriate for all ages. The Turtle Talks are held from 8-9pm, limited to 50 participants and all children under the age of 12 need adult supervision. Online registration is required and this event sells out every week!

Seeking Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help us achieve our philanthropic goals.  You may want to only work a few events or serve on a committee or board. This is a good opportunity to meet your neighbors, give back to our greater Hilton Head community, and share your talents.  Contact us if you’re interested.

If you are not here most of the time you can still contribute by sending a donation through the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry earmarked for Palmetto Dunes Cares.

PD Cares Grant Recipients


Palmetto Dunes Cares awarded over $39,000 in grants to 14 recipients as well as an additional $5,000 to the Low Country COVID-19 Response Fund in 2020.

The 2020 Grant recipients include:

  • Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
  • Backpack Buddies
  • Bluffton Community Soup Kitchen
  • Hilton Head Island Safe Harbour
  • The Literacy Center
  • Memory Matters
  • Operation R&R
  • Outside Foundation
  • Project Safe
  • The Sandbox
  • Sea Turtle Patrol
  • Second Helpings
  • Turtle Trackers
  • Volunteers in Medicine (VIM)