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 the opportunity for a quality education, stable employment and good health, and that before any of these things can be achieved, one must also have the basic necessities of food, clothing and shelter.  That’s why our work focuses on four 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
  • Basic Human Needs  – Providing fundamentals to those in crisis

United Way supports more than 100 programs and services at nearly 60 not-for-profit human service organizations  across our four-county service area that are delivering positive outcomes for our community.  These organizations apply for program grants from The Community Fund, which is created by thousands of donor contributions to United Way’s annual charitable giving campaign and becomes the community’s primary tool for impact funding.  All organizations and programs that receive support from The Community Fund are vetted through a rigorous evaluation process whereby trained Investment Volunteers, assisted by United Way staff, assess organizational capacity, program outcomes, service quality and accessibility.  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 development, as well as trainings specific to our funding priorities and evaluation process. For information about serving as an Investment Volunteer, visit United Way HandsOn Savannah.

To help inform the direction of program funding and other resource investments, 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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