United Way of the Coastal Empire Distributes Over $300,000 to Provide Relief

 
 
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SAVANNAH, Ga. - May 25, 2020 - PRLog -- Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, United Way of the Coastal Empire has distributed $318,050 of the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, helping 787 friends and neighbors in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty Counties to date. The greatest needs have been for food and housing. With partner agencies most directly addressing food insecurity, housing then accounts for 84 percent of the fund distribution to date.

So far, United Way has received more than $550,000 in donations since the pandemic began. "We asked for our community's support, and you responded, demonstrating great generosity and sincere concern for our neighbors experiencing the most severe impacts. For that, we thank you!" said United Way Board Chair Larry Silbermann, Vice President and General Manager of WTOC-TV.

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 the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional fund distributions have included:

• $26,000 grant to the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System to purchase 115 Chromebooks for students in schools with the highest levels of poverty to help bridge the technology gap that limits access to learning, and
• $12,500 in awards to United Way partner agencies 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.

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 uwce.org or text UWCOVID19 to 41444.

For more information, visit www.uwce.org.

About United Way of the Coastal Empire

The mission of United Way of the Coastal Empire is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities.

United Way conducts an annual fundraising campaign and invests donor contributions in programs and services within three impact areas: Education, Financial Stability, and Health. United Way serves Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty Counties.

United Way is a volunteer-driven organization that involves hundreds of community leaders, professionals, and other volunteers in every aspect of our business, including fundraising, marketing, and funding decisions, to ensure that donors' donations are truly making a difference.

Thanks to the Herschel V. Jenkins Trust Fund and other income, which covers almost all administrative and fundraising costs, donor contributions go to help people in need.

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