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More than $620,000 in donations have come through our doors, mailbox, and phone lines to help those in need since the coronavirus pandemic began (as of 6/22/20). We asked for our community’s support, and you responded, demonstrating great generosity and sincere concern for our neighbors experiencing the most severe impacts. Thank you!

Every dollar of this fund is being distributed to help individuals and families 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, we are providing emergency funding to United Way’s partner agencies with a demonstrated increase in demand for services due to COVID-19 pandemic.


Since the beginning of the pandemic, United Way has distributed $424,564 of the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, helping 1,303 friends and neighbors in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty Counties to date (as of 6/22/20). The greatest needs have been for housing and utilities.


To help bridge the technology gap that limits access to learning, we granted $26,000 to Savannah Chatham County Public School System to purchase 115 Chromebooks for students in schools with the highest levels of poverty.


United Way partner agencies have been awarded four grants so far, for a total of $12,500, in support of increased emergency food and shelter costs, case management and translation services, technology to provide remote crisis counseling, and increased health and safety personnel for a youth summer program.

COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund

Total funds over $620,000

*As of 06/22/2020

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