Bryan County Office
United Way Bryan County Office
United Way of the Coastal Empire in Bryan County is working to advance the common good by focusing on Basic Human Needs programs and services. The office and its volunteers manage the following programs and services to assist residents of Bryan county:
- The Clothes Line*: The store is open to anyone interested in purchasing gently used clothing and household goods at a low price. All merchandise is donated, and the store is staffed by volunteers. Open M, W, F and Saturday 10am-2pm. Located at 392 South Main Street in Pembroke.
- The Teen Line*: This is the “Teen Version” of The Clothes Line. The store is open to anyone interested in purchasing gently used teen clothing and accessories. All merchandise is donated, and the store is staffed by teen volunteers. Open M, W, F, and Saturday 10am-2pm. Located at 53 North College Street in Pembroke.
- Ready…Set…Grow: Ready…Set…Grow is an intensive course of everyday living skills and GED tutoring to assist women in Bryan County in achieving economic independence. Female residents of Bryan County, 16 years or older without a high school diploma or GED, are eligible to participate. This program is a collaborative effort between United Way of the Coastal Empire – Bryan County Office, Bryan County Family Connection, City of Pembroke, Bryan County Board of Commissioners and community volunteers.
- Shepherd’s Suppers: Every Thursday, volunteers prepare meals that are delivered to approximately 100 low-income elderly and persons on disability. This program is a true community collaborative effort. Bryan County government provides kitchen space at the Senior Center, and other food items are purchased from America’s Second Harvest Food Bank with United Way funds. The Virginia Warnell Circle from the First Baptist Church of Pembroke donates funds to purchase the food containers. Shepherd’s Suppers are also now being provided to kids at the Pembroke Teen Center in addition to healthy snacks and juice being provided to the Richmond Hill Teen Center.
- Bonus Bags: Bags of food often accompany Shepherd’s Suppers. The bags include breakfast items, fruit juices and other healthy foods. These bags are distributed to the lowest income and most isolated citizens to supplement their food supply.
- Emergency Food Pantry: Food bags are provided to families in Bryan County with referrals from the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), pastors, law enforcement and educators. Bags are also provided in emergency situations as needed. United Way stocks a full pantry with donated food from local canned food drives and products purchased with United Way funds from America’s Second Harvest Food Bank to ensure nutritious food for any Bryan County family in need.
- Snuggle Bunnies: United Way in Bryan County supplies the material while the time and talents come from the ladies at our local Senior Centers. The women quilt or crochet small blankets and pillows for the children at Bryan County Head Start. The children use these “snuggly” blankets and pillows to make naptime a little more secure.
- Coffee and Conversation: United Way in Bryan County recruits volunteers to spend time at local Senior Centers just visiting and talking with the clients. Most elderly people enjoy the opportunity to have much needed interaction with people. Some volunteers play checkers, polish nails or just talk about the “old days.”
- Making Memories Prom Dress Drive: United Way volunteers collect formal gowns to be loaned to any Bryan County teen who cannot afford a dress for prom. All dresses, currently over 200 total, were dry cleaned and properly stored to use again next prom season.
- VITA/EITC: VITA provides tax preparation for Bryan County residents making less than $40,000 annually. Each January, the United Way works with the Neighborhood Improvement Association (NIA) in Savannah to set up preparation sites in Bryan County. These sites are staffed with trained volunteers to assist in preparing and filing income tax claims. This helps to return the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) dollars to the community.
* Gift certificates for no-cost clothing are available through school counselors, Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and local pastors.
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