United Way of Coastal Georgia, Inc

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There are several ways for you to advocate:
  • Tell your friends and colleagues how your investment of time and/or dollars is helping United Way make an impact in the community.
  • Forward United Way e-mail communications to colleagues and friends.
  • Share the success stories featured in our online newsletter.
  • Ask for a LIVE UNITED t-shirt and wear it when you’re out and about.
  • Tell others how you Live United through #UnitedWayCGA
  • Participate in one of the challenges below

Take the Challenge:

Television

What would life be like without television?

In preparation for the upcoming Campaign season, United Way of Coastal Georgia is presenting opportunities to challenge you to “Live United.” Participants are encouraged to write, blog, tweet (be sure to include #UnitedWayCGA), or video their challenge experiences for inclusion in our newsletters, website and social media.

Did you know?

The average U.S. citizen will spend nine years of their life watching television. The average American child will spend 900 hours a year in school and 1,200 hours a year watching television according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics American time use Survey. However, for the more than 1 in 10 families in Glynn County and nearly 1 in 8 families in McIntosh County that fall below the poverty line, television can be a wasted use of precious free time and an economic bane. What would you and your family do without television? Where would you get your news? Would you be able to find better ways to spend that time?

Take the Challenge: Keep all household televisions off for five days.

  • Read a book. Reading has been shown to help stimulate the brain from childhood until old age. Plus, you never know what book might hold your favorite story!
  • Go outside. 28% of Glynn County residents and 29% of McIntosh County residents meet the requirements of “physically inactive.” Improve your health or just go and enjoy a day on the beaches of coastal Georgia.
  • Have a family night! 67% of Americans regularly watch television while eating dinner. Set up a fun night with the family where everyone helps with dinner and relax with a board game.

We want to hear from you! Please send your challenge experiences to Beth Ann Tuerff at bethann@uwcga.org for inclusion in our newsletters, website, and social media.

Transportation

What would life be like without transportation?

In preparation for the upcoming Campaign season, United Way of Coastal Georgia is presenting opportunities to challenge you to “Live United.”  Participants are encouraged to write, blog, tweet (be sure to include #UnitedWayCGA), or video their challenge experiences for inclusion in our newsletters, website and social media.

Did you know?

According to the 2012 American Community Survey, 92.3% of Glynn County residents and 90.2% of McIntosh County residents drive a car, truck, or van to work each day.  Only 10.6% in Glynn and 12.5% in McIntosh carpool to work.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics Report says that the average family spends about 17% of their annual income on transportation related costs (up-keep, insurance, gas, etc.).   For individuals and families below the poverty line, this may be a much higher percentage of annual income.  Imagine life without a car.  How would you get to work?  How would your children get to school or summer camp?  Would you need to take more trips to get groceries for yourself or your family?

Take the Challenge: Leave your car parked in your driveway for three days.

  • Walk.  It’s better for the environment, it’s better for your health, and most importantly it’s free!
  • Ride a bike.  Our community has several great, locally owned stores to get a bike.  Bikes are relatively low-cost to buy and inexpensive to maintain.  Nowadays businesses are encouraging biking by placing bike racks in front of their store so bikers can safely store their bike while working or running errands.
  • Join a carpool.  With little to no public transportation in our community, this option may prove to be the most appealing.  Ask a friend or co-worker for a lift but be sure to pitch in some money for gas.  Sure, it’s a car, but the larger a carpool is the less money each person has to contribute.

We want to hear from you! Please send your challenge experiences to Beth Ann Tuerff at bethann@uwcga.org for inclusion in our newsletters, website, and social media.

Speak Out:

Improving education, income, and health requires changes in public policy. LIVE UNITED is not about Democrat vs. Republican; it’s about understanding our nation’s crises and coming together to solve them. READ ABOUT UNITED WAY’S NATIONAL PUBLIC POLICY WORK
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United Way of Coastal Georgia, Inc

Phone: 912-265-1850

Physical Address
3400 Parkwood Dr
Suite A, 2nd Floor
Brunswick, GA 31520

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 877
Brunswick, GA 31521

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