Our Work

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, and our funded programs will continue to integrate basic human needs into their services to achieve meaningful outcomes for our community.

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 program funding which is made possible by thousands of donors who contribute to The Community Fund during United Way’s annual charitable giving campaign.

All program funding recipients are vetted through a rigorous evaluation process whereby trained Investment Volunteers, assisted by United Way staff, assess organizational capacity, financial stewardship, program outcomes, service quality and accessibility.  For information about serving as an Investment Volunteer contact communityinvestments@uwce.org.

Once funded, United Way holds each program accountable to achieving specific outcomes by using standard performance measurements that must be tracked and reported back to United Way throughout the funding cycle – see our 2015 Mid-Year Report.  To further support our funded programs, United Way offers regular workshops for organizational and program development, as well as training about our funding priorities and evaluation process.

Additionally, United Way is a founding member of the Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition and collaborates with our fellow community stakeholders to identify and track specific measurements used to assess the well-being of the community, as a whole, and to provide a blueprint for successful community-wide impact.

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