Palmetto Dunes Cares

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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.

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!

2020 Turtle Trot race schedule and registration

Turtle Talk

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


In 2019, Palmetto Dunes Cares focused on the environmental area, awarding grants to three tremendous organizations that are valuable assets to our community.

2019 Grant Recipients are:

The Coastal Discovery Museum, for their program “Saving Sea Turtles” which will focus on in-classroom instruction of children on the importance of maintaining our coast to include the life of a loggerhead sea turtle to include their challenges with trash in the ocean and beach.

Each school will receive one sea turtle nest adoption and materials to continue their education about sea turtles. Each class will create an art project using the beach litter they collect.    The museum will make 20-25 in-school presentations during the 2019-2020 school year.

The Outside Foundation, for their “Kids in Kayaks” program.  Taking approximately 700 7th graders out on local waters in kayaks.  The mission is to get kids outside and create awareness to help preserve and protect our local environment.    The organization travels to different low country locations with their own kayaks.  They provide instruction and information on land and on the water.  They are equipped to handle children with disabilities.

Sea Turtle Patrol, Hilton Head Island.   This organization has the state permit and responsibility to monitor and maintain the sea turtle nests on Hilton Head Island.    They monitor and mark the nests and ensure that their location is not affected by tides.   In addition, they collect data and inventory the yield from each nest. Their mission is to protect these hatchlings.