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SAVANNAH, GA (April 9, 2020) – United Way of the Coastal Empire has received a $25,000 donation from Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation to help members of the community impacted by COVID-19. This donation will be used to help residents of Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty Counties retain stable housing by assisting with rent, mortgage, and utility payments when grace periods are not offered and to provide financial assistance for additional critical needs such as medical expenses and child care.

“Gulfstream and its employees have always been leaders in our region,” said outgoing United Way of the Coastal Empire Board Chair, Toby Moreau. “During these unprecedented times, they are showing their commitment to our community once again with this very generous contribution.”

On March 24th, United Way activated the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund and released $80,000 to assist vulnerable populations, such as families and individuals facing loss of income due to business and school closures.

Through the 211 call center and our community service centers in Bryan, Effingham, and Liberty Counties, United Way is connecting citizens with resources that can help them through struggles related to COVID-19. In less than a week, the organization received more than 1,200 calls – four times the normal amount. United Way has expanded the 211 hours, cross-trained its staff, and trained nearly 20 volunteers from United Way funded agencies to help process requests for assistance.

“As our state and region prepare for a surge in this crisis, Gulfstream’s contribution is needed now more than ever,” said Brynn Grant, President and CEO of United Way of the Coastal Empire. “United Way is grateful to every donor for their support, and equally thankful for the committed and resilient nonprofit agencies and employees who step up every single day to help take care of our friends and neighbors.”

The goal of the United Way COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund is $200,000. To date, United Way has raised $155,491. You too can help by giving to United Way. To give, visit uwce.org or text UWCOVID19 to 41444.

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