Our Work Overview

Improving lives in the Coastal Empire

United Way of the Coastal Empire believes that everyone in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties deserves access to a quality education, stable employment and good health.  That’s why United Way invests donor contributions to The Community Fund in three priority impact areas:

  • Education & Youth Development  – Helping children and youth achieve their potential
  • Economic Independence  – Advancing financially stable individuals and families
  • Health & Wellness  – Improving health for all

United Way is also committed to ensuring that people in our community who are experiencing crisis due to homelessness, financial distress or disaster have their most basic human needs met, such as: food, clothing, shelter and transportation. Providing fundamentals to those in crisis has been and always will be at the core of our work.  Our funded programs integrate basic human needs into their services to achieve United Way’s overall goals and outcomes.

For 2015, United Way is supporting nearly 100 programs at over 50 not-for-profit human service organizations across our four-county service area.  These organizations are recipients of programming grants from The Community Fund, which is made possible by thousands of donors who contribute to United Way’s annual charitable giving campaign.  All organizations and their programs receiving support from The Community Fund are vetted through a rigorous evaluation process wherein trained Investment Volunteers, assisted by United Way staff, assess organizational capacity, program outcomes, service quality and accessibility.  For information about serving as an Investment Volunteer, visit United Way HandsOn Savannah.

United Way imposes standard  outcomes and performance measurements that must be tracked and reported back to United Way throughout the funding cycle.  To further support our funded programs, United Way offers regular workshops for professional and program development, as well as trainings specific to our funding priorities and evaluation process.

United Way has collaborated with the City of Savannah, Chatham County, Armstrong Atlantic State University and other community partners to establish and track Community Indicators – specific measurements used to assess the well-being of the community as a whole and to provide a blueprint for successful community impact.

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