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SAVANNAH, GA (May 6, 2020) – United Way of the Coastal Empire received a $20,000 boost from South State Bank to support the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund. This donation will be used to help residents of Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty Counties retain stable housing and to provide emergency funding to United Way’s partner agencies.

“South State is pleased to be able to support the work United Way of the Coastal Empire is doing to serve our community during these difficult times,” said Holden Hayes, South State Bank Division President, Georgia Coastal. “For more than 85 years, we have focused on serving our customers and communities, and we feel fortunate to be able to offer assistance in this time of need.”

“We’re grateful for the generosity of South State Bank and its employees. The outpouring of support for those in our area experiencing the greatest hardship is a testament to the generous spirit of our community. In the weeks and months ahead, United Way of the Coastal Empire will continue our efforts to help bridge the economic gaps for those most severely impacted by the pandemic,” stated Brynn Grant, President and CEO of United Way of the Coastal Empire.

In total, United Way has raised nearly $500,000 and will distribute 100% of the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund to help families and individuals 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. Additionally, United Way will add to the emergency fund for United Way’s partner agencies with a demonstrated increase in demand for services due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Any funds remaining after the pandemic will be allocated to the United Way’s general emergency relief fund. The emergency relief fund allows the organization to respond immediately to critical, emerging needs like those surrounding a hurricane or natural disaster.

To give, visit or text UWCOVID19 to 41444.

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