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Nearly 66,000 individuals in our four county service area live below the poverty level and have difficulty meeting their basic needs. Over 23,000 working age adults are unemployed. Even those working multiple jobs may be unable to provide for their families. After basics, there is often no money left to save for buying a home, sending kids to college or retiring. Just one unanticipated expense – a car break-down, an uninsured illness, a week without a paycheck – can lead to crisis.

United Way’s Economic Independence goal is to move these families to financial stability and eventually to self-sufficiency. The programs we fund help them increase their earnings and build financial assets to better deal with unexpected expenses and support long-term goals.

Data Source: United States Census Bureau

For 2016, United Way is investing $1,627,880 in 34 programs and services that assist individuals along the path towards financial self-sufficiency:

  1. American Red Cross Savannah Chapter: Crisis Response, Relief and Recovery Assistance
  2. America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia: Agency Distribution
  3. America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia: Mobile Food Pantry
  4. Coastal Center for Developmental Services: Community Employment Services
  5. Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Savannah Area: Financial Literacy and Counseling
  6. Eastside Concerned Citizens: Career Development and Asset Building
  7. Economic Opportunity for Savannah-Chatham County Area: Tom D. Austin House
  8. Family Promise of Effingham: Interfaith Hospitality Network
  9. Family Promise of Greater Savannah: Interfaith Hospitality Network
  10. Georgia Legal Services Program, Savannah Regional Office: Family Financial Stabilization Project
  11. Georgia Legal Services Program, Savannah Regional Office: Home Ownership Protection Project
  12. Georgia Legal Services Program, Savannah Regional Office: Records Restriction and Re-Entry Project
  13. Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire: Workforce Development Services
  14. JCVision and Associates: Mortgage Help for Homeowners
  15. Liberty County Manna House: Food Pantry
  16. Liberty County Manna House: Soup Kitchen
  17. Lutheran Services of Georgia: Refugee and Immigrant Employment Services
  18. Mary Lou Fraser Foundation for Families: Fraser Center
  19. MedBank Foundation: Benefits Screening and Enrollment Program
  20. The Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire: Mediating Financial Stability Program
  21. Neighborhood Improvement Association: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
  22. Ready2Connect: Job Readiness
  23. Ready2Connect: GED Preparation
  24. Royce Learning Center: Adult and Community Education
  25. The Salvation Army Savannah Corps: Center of Hope Emergency Housing
  26. The Salvation Army Savannah Corps: Center of Hope Financial Assistance Program
  27. Savannah Association for the Blind: Work Readiness for Vision Impairment
  28. Social Apostolate of Savannah: Birth Certificate Program
  29. Step Up Savannah: Chatham Apprentice Program
  30. Union Mission: Employment and Training Center
  31. Union Mission: Grace House
  32. Union Mission: The Magdalene Project
  33. United Ministries of Savannah: Emmaus House
  34. Wesley Community Centers of Savannah: Wesley’s Family Life Center