UWCGA Now Serving Camden County
Charitable dollars will soon be flowing into Camden County through United Way of Coastal Georgia (UWCGA) after the agency recently expanded its umbrella to include an additional county.
Although the business operation will continue to be based in Glynn County, UWCGA Executive Director, Justin Callaway, says the agency’s presence will still be as tangible at the local level, especially as they begin to make allocations to Camden County nonprofits.
The UWCGA Board of Directors recently voted to approve funding to its first grant recipient in Camden since the expansion.
Following their annual Community Investment grant process, UWCGA announced their intention to allocate funding to support the Pathways of Hope program at Salvation Army in St. Marys. The Pathways of Hope program is a national program piloted by Salvation Army in St. Marys to address the barriers to financial independence and help connect clients with resources to achieve stability in their households.
“We are thrilled to begin working with dedicated community leaders in Kingsland, St. Marys, and Woodbine,” said Callaway. “Our organization looks forward to building new relationships with the strong organizations and committed volunteers in Camden.”
Through its Annual Campaign, United Way raises funds each year then directs those dollars to programs related to health, education, and income stability. The needs of one community may be different than another, so UWCGA Community Investment Committee volunteers decide which charitable organizations and programs should be prioritized.
United Way of Coastal Georgia has made a significant impact in Glynn and McIntosh counties for over 65 years, by identifying solutions and measurable outcomes across a spectrum of community challenges. Their hope is to repeat that success in the new Camden service areas, Callaway said.
“Our local United Way remains committed to providing relevant, impactful service throughout the Coastal Georgia region,” added Mary Jenrette, UWCGA Board Chair and President of Marshland Credit Union. “Through investment in and partnership with local agencies, we strive to deliver strategic solutions related to child/youth readiness, stable environments, and workforce development.”
United Way of Camden County’s former office location at 707 Osborne St., is no longer occupied by a United Way agency.