Skip to main content

Final Days Remain: 2020-21 Annual Campaign

Brunswick, Ga., March 2, 2021 – This week marks the final days of the United Way of Coastal Georgia 2020-21 Annual Campaign. Launched in September 2020, the campaign seeks to raise over $800,000 for community investment.

“The mission of United Way of Coastal Georgia (UWCGA) is to increase economic self-sufficiency for every person in Coastal Georgia,” said Justin Callaway, Executive Director. “We are able to change lives by uniting the caring power of our community. For over 60 years, United Way raised critical dollars in the community to help our neighbors in need.”

The Annual Campaign is supported year after year thanks to generous individuals and organizations who offer financial contributions as well as the invaluable gift of their time and talents. Because of obstacles related to COVID-19, now more than ever, the fundraising needs are critical.

“With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the past year has been overwhelming, and at times devastating for many in our community. While disaster relief was a critical aspect of our efforts, our focus continues to be investing in the building blocks for a good quality of life – health, education, and income stability,” remarked Mary Jenrette, UWCGA Board Chair and Senior Vice President, Synovus Private Wealth. “We are truly grateful for those in our community that have already UNITED with us to exceed our goal and create positive impact.”

With few days remaining in the campaign, UWCGA is pushing for final donations.

“I’m truly inspired by the generosity and commitment donors have shown,” added Callaway. “As of today, over 95% of the $800,000 goal has been achieved. Considering all the challenges, including workforce reductions, furloughs, and budget cuts, that is incredible support from the community. A most humble and sincere thank you to everyone that has made a gift to the 2020-21 Campaign.”

Those wishing to help complete the campaign are encouraged to do so by Friday, March 5. Donations are accepted online at or may be mailed to United Way of Coastal Georgia, P.O. Box 877, Brunswick, GA, 31521.

UWCGA leadership points to the community stakeholders lending their support in the campaign as a major reason for success. Michael Scherneck, President and CEO, Southeast Georgia Health System, serving as the 2020-21 Honorary Campaign Chair was joined by a Campaign Cabinet comprised of local leaders and volunteers including Jeff Bennett, Collins & Associates Real Estate Appraisers; Markisha Butler, WorkSource Coastal; Dialo Cartwright, Georgia Power; Brad Danowski, Ameris Bank; Kathryn Downs, Glynn County Board of Commission; Cornell Harvey, City of Brunswick; Lee Hopkins, La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries; Mary Jenrette, Synovus Private Wealth; Dionne Lovett, Coastal Regional Commission; Creg Miller, Edward Jones; Missy Neu, Berkshire Hathaway Hodnett Cooper; Alan Ours, Glynn County Board of Commission; Brad Randall, Signature Properties Group; Quinton Staples, College of Coastal Georgia; Sean Stewart, Turner & Associates; Steffanie Thompson, Rich Products; Parra Vaughn, Sea Island Company; and, Melissa Williams, community volunteer.

To learn more about United Way of Coastal Georgia, please visit


# # #



United Way of Coastal Georgia located in Brunswick, Georgia is the leading facilitator of community enrichment for Glynn and McIntosh Counties. The mission of United Way of Coastal Georgia is to improve lives in our communities by promoting giving, advocating and volunteering in the areas of education, income stability and health. Through unique partnerships and approaches, the organization strives to create a community to be a place where all individuals and families have the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential through education, income stability and health. For additional information, visit