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How Does My Donation
to the Community Fund Improve Lives?

Giving to the United Way Community Fund is the most powerful way to give. Your gift is combined with the gifts of others to support local nonprofit programs, provide direct assistance to people through our 211 call center and county service centers, and connect volunteers to causes that strengthen our communities.  Thanks to the Hershel V. Jenkins Trust and other income, most of the organization’s operating expenses are covered, allowing more of your dollars to go where they’re most needed in service to the community.


Support Nonprofit Programs

Through the Community Fund,  United Way of the Coastal Empire supported grants to 89 programs across 54 local agencies throughout our four-county region doing everything from making sure seniors have hot meals to providing transformative after-school and summer programs for children.

Provide Direct Assistance to People

The Community Fund allows United Way to provide direct assistance to people through our 211 call center and county service centers in Bryan, Effingham, and Liberty counties.

County Service Centers

Short description about the work of the County Service Centers in 2020.

Connect Volunteers to Causes that Strengthen our Community

Short description about UW Volunteers in 2020.

Additional materials – 2020

In 2020, programs and services funded by United Way improved the lives of:

207,948
people

191,759
with Community Fund Grants

16,189
with Community Fund Direct Services

46%

of people in our region received support through the United Way Community Fund.

An Investment that Matters

United Way was created by the community for the community.  It is the one way we all come together – year after, decade after decade – to support each other with a safety net of programs, services, and pathways for upward mobility to help everyone thrive.

Nonprofit Programs Making An Impact

In 2020, United Way of the Coastal Empire supported grants to 89 programs across 54 local agencies throughout our four-county region doing everything from making sure seniors have hot meals to providing transformative after-school and summer programs for children.

Education

1,138

children and youth demonstrated improvement in academic performance during the school year.

231

adults achieved their educational goals by demonstrating progress in GED subject areas or attaining their GED.

1,132

people were able to attend a job training program.

318

youth in career exploration or enrichment programs demonstrated increased job-related or soft skills to prepare them for successful employment.

Health

1,968

 people received 4,650 free or discounted prescription medications, saving $7,801,145.

1,219

mental health counseling sessions or psychiatric care visits were provided to homeless, low-income, or under/uninsured people.

28,880

medical and dental care visits were provided to low-income, under/uninsured people.

Financial Stability

$1,449,839

of debt was repaid by consumers who attended financial counseling sessions.

4,752

moderate-income people and seniors received free tax return preparation services or filed taxes using free software, securing $11,549,401 in tax credits and tax refunds.

From Hello to Help,
211 is here for you.

Description about how 211 expanded and helped people in 2020 . Comment on Pandemic response.

Crisis Response

We were built for this.

Founded in 1938 after the Great Depression, United Way was created to respond to crises. When the pandemic began, United Way mobilized the community to help those most severely impacted before federal relief funds were eventually made available. Whether it’s an economic collapse, a hurricane, a fire, or COVID-19, United Way is here, and we can’t do it without you.


211

211 is a free, confidential service provided by United Way of the Coastal Empire to ensure every person in the community has access to the best resources available.

ALICE: Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed
meaning workers essential to our community’s success, struggle to make ends meet.  ALICE workers are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

COVID-19 Response

reference telethon and rapid response fund

Housing the Community

reference cares, etc.

Feeding the Community

reference mobile food pantries, backpack buddies, etc.

WE ARE POWERED BY PEOPLE

Description about UW Volunteers. Types of volunteers.

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Based on Independentsector.org, the 2019 Georgia State value of a volunteer is $25.86/hour (2020 data not yet available)

Leadership

United Way is powered by volunteers..Thank you to our board and community partners.

Thank You to our Media Partners

Something about the extra support they provided through the pandemic and every year.

Bryan County News
Carriage Trade PR
Savannah Business Journal
The Savannah Herald

County Service Centers Title

CSC info

Writing about different services, etc.

Bryan County (North)

40 S. Industrial Boulevard
Pembroke, GA 31321

(912) 651-7750

Bryan County (South)

9611 Ford Avenue
Richmond Hill, GA 31324

(912) 651-7750

Effingham
County

711 Zitterour Drive
Rincon, GA 31326

(912) 826-5300

Liberty
County

301 Olive Street
Hinesville, GA 31313

(912) 368-4282

WITH HARDSHIP, THERE IS HOPE

Live United. Always United.

People were losing their jobs by the numbers as the spread of COVID-19 interfered with the financial successes of businesses everywhere. Nevertheless, when United Way launched its annual workplace campaign company donors gave as much as they could to uplift the people of our four-county region. Creative measures, such as the Always United Challenge, were implemented to encourage both companies and consumers to donate back to others in need.

The saying, “With hardship, there is hope”, became our new headline of optimism. Led by Campaign Chair Chief Terry Enoch, Campus Chief of Police of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System—United Way of the Coastal Empire kicked-off its annual fundraising campaign before a live audience through our media supporters: WJCL-TV, WSAV-TV, and WTOC-TV.  Due to the generosity of 25,000 donors, United Way exceeded the goal, raising $8,xxx,xxx.

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