Lowcountry Strong Foundation Helps Hospitality Workers during Covid-19

Geoffrey J. “Geoff” Block is the founder of RLB Squared, a real estate investment and development company based in Bluffton, South Carolina. Among his main responsibilities, Geoff Block oversees a portfolio of investments as well as all company operations. In 2020, Geoff Block and his wife Kim became involved with Lowcountry Strong Foundation to help hospitality workers during the COVID-19 crisis.

Lowcountry Strong Foundation is a nonprofit organization that aims to help families in Beaufort and Jasper County, South Carolina. The foundation, together with many community members, has been helping those less fortunate by providing emergency hardship relief as well as disaster assistance after natural disasters like Hurricane Matthew.

In 2020, Lowcountry Strong Foundation formed the Hungry Heart Workers Relief Fund to help hospitality workers who were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and to make sure they were fed. Due to the health emergency, many people became unemployed or underemployed, especially people who worked in the food and beverage industry. The donations made to the fund go directly to participating restaurants to help ensure all families affected by the loss of employment have access to food. Currently, over 35 restaurants from Beaufort, Bluffton, and Hilton Head serve free meals to hospitality workers who are currently out of work or have lost the majority of their income.

Lionel Richie’s Charitable Side

To concentrate on managing his family investments, Geoffrey J. Block left Wall Street and established an investment holding firm in 2013. He also formed the Lowcountry Strong Foundation, which partners with community members to help residents of South Carolina Lowcountry. Outside of work, Geoff Block enjoys listening to music and is a fan of Lionel Richie.

A native of Tuskegee, Alabama, Lionel Richie is world-renowned for creating hits such as Hello and Endless Love. He has won four Grammy awards, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, and scores of other accolades. Mr. Richie has also put much effort into charity work. He co-founded USA Africa in 1985 to provide help to Africa, which was experiencing a devastating famine.

Collaborating with the biggest stars in the music world, the original recording of We Are the World helped raise over $60 million for the relief effort. Mr. Richie was recognized as MusicCares Person of the Year in 2016 for a record fundraising of $7 million to be used to provide much-needed help to people in music experiencing hardship. He has also expended support to other nonprofit organizations, including Tuskegee University, The Breast Cancer Foundation, and Unicef.