The Coastal Companies employees volunteer to give back

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Many employees at The Coastal Companies donated time and talent to charitable causes.

Laura Shaurer, property manager and broker-in-charge at Coastal Vacation Resorts on Oak Island, is a certified master diver who spends every Sunday volunteering at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher as a member of their dive team.

Volunteers participate in two dives per day, 364 days a year, answering questions from visitors and educating them about the varied habitats under the sea.

With more than 25 years experience as a certified diver, Shaurer also participates in Project Aware, counting fish populations in offshore waters. She has been in dives all over the world, including the Great Barrier Reef and the Belizean Shores.

“In comparison,” she said, “the waters off-shore in North Carolina have some of the most diverse species.”

Rich Melcher, the IT manager, is an active participant with Love-n-Care Ministries, an international ministry dedicated to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ by planting churches, sharing the word of God, training pastors, promoting revival and meeting needs.

The focus of these ministries is in Andhra Pradesh, India, where Melcher made his first trip in January, accompanied by several members of Generations Church (which meets at Surf Cinemas in Southport).

While there, Melcher shared his expertise with computers and technical issues. He also donated laptops to local pastors and trained them to use search and study tools with Bible software.

The visiting group also spent their time deciding how to expand their partnership with the churches in India. Melcher excitedly reported during their visit, they witnessed several baptisms. The church plans to return to India soon to continue their support of the ministry.

Gay Atkins, broker-in-charge at Coastal Development & Realty on Holden Beach, is working hard to make sure white sandy beaches remain pristine for generation.

Serving on the Holden Beach Renourishment Association, Atkins is excited about the progress the organization has made to raise funds for the renourishment and maintenance of Holden Beach. Formed more than 10 years ago, the organization is fertilizing and planting sea oats, beach grass, and bitter pancium and has raised nearly $40,000 to cover the cost of the project.

This fall, fencing will be added to enhance the project. Atkins said she is thankful for the generosity of supporters dedicated to protecting the beach from potential weather elements.

For more information about The Coastal Companies, contact London Williamson at lwilliamson@thecoastalcompanies.com.