COVID-19 Relief Offered Through Community Emergency Needs Fund

United Way of Coastal Georgia (UWCGA) and the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation have combined forces and announced that, since April, they have awarded a total of $664,863 in grants to agencies in Glynn, Camden and McIntosh counties providing support to those who have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Responding to the emergent needs of the residents of Coastal Georgia impacted by this growing health concern and the associated economic and public consequences, these charitable grants will fund agencies within our community with proven leadership and expertise in providing basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, prescriptions/healthcare, and transportation.

The fund is designed to complement the work of local entities, and to expand our ability to support individuals and families experiencing hardship because of the COVID-19 outbreak. By providing immediate, mid-, and long-term support to organizations who serve our community’s most vulnerable, the fund helps agencies tackle issues caused by the closures and disruptions during a time of an emergency. The Emergency Needs Fund was initially established by a significant community-wide state of emergency following Hurricane Irma in 2018.

The first two grant cycles focused on programs related to food distribution and health services and the last two cycles added economic recovery and business restoration layers to the criteria.

“The current initiatives through the Emergency Needs Fund began with the Communities Foundation wanting to immediately address the anticipated economic strain caused by impending COVID-19 social distancing and business closures. Our partnership with local agencies allowed us to quickly identify organizations that would be on the forefront of helping those most vulnerable and immediately assist them.” stated Justin Callaway, Executive Director of UWCGA.

Janelle Harvey, UWCGA Community Impact Manager, added, “as every resident, business owner, employee, first responder, and school-age child has realized, we have all been affected by COVID-19. It is inspiring to see the generosity of our community as we came together to support local organizations on the forefront of helping our neighbors most in need.” 

 

Basic Needs, First Distribution – Supporting organizations responding to immediate, basic needs. 

America’s Second Harvest 

Boys & Girls Club 

Camden Community Crisis Center 

Coastal Community Health Services 

Coastal Outreach Academies, Inc. 

Communities in Schools 

Darien United Methodist Church 

FaithWorks Ministry 

Grace House                 

House of Hope 

Morningstar 

Safe Harbor Street Outreach 

Salvation Army (Brunswick) 

St. Andrews Church (Darien) 

YMCA of the Golden Isles 

 

Basic Needs/Job Loss Assistance – Supporting organizations responding to immediate, basic needs – especially due to job loss. 

Camden Community Crisis Center 

CASA Glynn 

Centered for Life 

FaithWorks 

Hospice of the Golden Isles 

Methodist Home for Children and Youth 

Safe Harbor 

Salvation Army – Brunswick 

St. Simons Presbyterian Church 

Star Foundation 

YMCA of the Golden Isles 

 

Return to Work Distributions – Supporting organizations providing services allowing residents to return to work. 

Boys & Girls Club 

Camden House 

Centered for Life 

Coastal Coalition for Children 

Coastal Counseling Center 

Coastal Outreach Academies, Inc. 

Family Connections 

Safe Harbor Street Outreach 

St. Simons Presbyterian Church 

Star Foundation 

YMCA of the Golden Isles 

 

Organizational Capacity/Restoration Distributions – Supporting organizations experiencing an increased demand for services or increased expense in delivering services due to the crisis. 

America’s Second Harvest 

Camden House 

Centered for Life 

Glynn Crisis Center 

Grace House 

Hospice 

House of Hope 

Morningstar 

Ravens of Elijah Ministries 

Red Cross 

Safe Harbor 

STAR Foundation 

YMCA