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Education, financial stability, and health are the building blocks of strong children, strong families, and a strong community.

Direct Services

pounds of food provided to families throughout our service area
distributed for disaster relief efforts to aid local families
in rental or mortgage assistance to persons with disabilities to avoid eviction or foreclosure

211 is a free and confidential service that provides direct services and connections to local resources to those in need. The most requested services are utility assistance, family support (such as child and elder care), food provisions and medical needs.

United Way operates offices in Bryan, Effingham, and Liberty counties. These community service centers fill the gap in local health and human services that often exist in smaller communities. Beyond basic emergency relief services, they also provide backpacks for weekend food distribution to underprivileged children, mobile food pantries, and volunteer opportunities for agencies supported by United Way. The Liberty County service center has a working partnership with the Landings Military Family Relief Fund to serve the unique needs of the military in our community.

the community fund

The United Way Community Fund is how we invest local dollars in our community to address local needs. Funding decisions are made through a competitive application process (learn more here). By leveraging donor dollars with our capacity-building grant process, we ensure the greatest return on investment for our donors, nonprofit partners, and those whose lives we improve together.

In 2020, United Way invested more than $3.6 million in 81 programs across 53 non-profit agencies in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty counties creating a vital network  of support and services.


preparing children to succeed in school and become engaged members of our community

Financial Stability

providing pathways for those in times of crisis and those seeking long term economic stability


improving the health for all needing safe shelter or extra care services

Preparing children to succeed in school

Our children are the future of our community, our world. We help youth and children to ensure their educational needs are met, and encourage them to become productive, engaged members of the community through quality child care and early learning programs, afterschool literacy and tutoring, youth development programs, and “summer slide” prevention.

children and youth in literacy and tutoring programs improved their academics

of children attending high-quality, early childhood education programs gained critical developmental skills

nutritious meals provided so children didn’t go hungry outside of school

providing pathways to financial stability

We help individuals, children, and families gain long-term stability and meet their basic needs in times of crisis. Whether it’s through adult literacy and financial classes, job training and workplace counseling, or providing essential food, shelter and support, United Way’s Community Fund aims to create financial stability in our community.

individuals received job training or obtained employment

rental, utility, and mortgage assistance given to help prevent families from homelessness or lack of basic needs

individuals created a budget, paid down debt or bought a first home

Improving health for all

We find safety and support for victims of abuse, seniors, and people with disabilities. By accessing crisis shelters and counseling, caregiver education and day programs, rehabilitation or employment training, and affordable medical care and prescriptions we improve the quality of lives in our community.

caregivers gained helpful resources to better care for their loved ones

savings from free and reduced-price prescriptions

survivors of domestic violence found safety, shelter and support

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