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2020 Highlights

Looking Back 2020 has been one unforgettable year! Despite whatever challenges we've had to overcome, United Way of the Coastal Empire is choosing to acknowledge our most positive moments...all made possible because of YOU.

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Denise’s Story

American writer, Johnathon Raymond, once said, “You can’t know what you don’t know. You can’t know about things you have yet to discover.” Ultimately, we can’t know what it feels like to truly be someone else. A struggle is uniquely…

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Sonya’s Story

One Thursday you’re having lunch at home before your evening shift, and the power goes out. You realize that the bill needed to be paid nearly a week ago. You then attempt to get in your car and drive to…

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Barry’s Story

As a result of various circumstances, health care resources are often difficult to acquire. The costs of materials and facilities, necessary for the well-being of a patient, may leave families feeling hopeless. Consequently, individuals all throughout our communities struggle to…

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Charlotte’s Story

The year 2003 would prove to be a busy one for Charlotte McGregory, a Chicago resident who was ready for a change in scenery. Eager to settle down in a quieter environment, Charlotte moved south to Liberty County in Georgia.…

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Always United: A Letter From Chief Terry Enoch

On Thursday, September 10, United Way of the Coastal Empire will kick-off an annual campaign unlike any other in our 82-year history. Due to the pandemic, this campaign will run almost entirely online, via video-conferencing, socially distanced-presentations, and with creative…

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Jeremy’s Story

Genevieve Chaput had never imagined that she’d be parting ways with her beloved home in Baton Rouge, until the late Hurricane Katrina left the house in ruins. Anxious to get away from the remains of the storm, Genevieve and her…

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Frank’s Story

Born and raised in Savannah, most people call him Mr. Bamboo– a name awarded to him by his former work associates for his undeniable work ethic. United Way, however, knows him by the name of Frank Williams– a man who…

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Queen’s Story

According to The National Alliance to End Homelessness—a nonpartisan organization committed to ending and preventing homelessness in the United States—10,443 people in the state of Georgia were homeless on a given night in 2019. 10,443 people were without proper sleeping…

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3.5 hours.  That’s how long I sat in my idling car snaking through the parking lot to get my COVID test, with hundreds of fellow Savannahians in their idling cars.  Frustrated, grumpy, and thankfully COVID-free, I bemoaned the state of…

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