Live Oak Public Libraries announces Savanna Waddle as regional social services coordinator. Waddle is responsible for supporting the needs of library patrons and connecting them with community resources.
Live Oak Public Libraries serves Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty counties and creates inclusive spaces for everyone, including those who may be looking for assistance with finding shelter, health care, or other services.
“The Live Oak Public Libraries are a safe place where community residents turn for information and help,” said Lizann Roberts, executive director of the Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition. “The increasing challenges that community members are having, like food or housing insecurity, and health needs including behavioral health are often beyond the scope of what most librarians are trained to manage. That’s where a social services coordinator can step in to connect patrons to resources. Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition and its partners are here to support LOPL as they build their social services network.”
Waddle joined Live Oak Public Libraries in October 2022 as part of the Community Engagement Department. She has four years of social worker experience, including with nonprofits, youth, and those who have experienced human trafficking. Locally, she has worked with United Way of the Coastal Empire in Effingham County and Park Place Outreach in Savannah.
Waddle holds a master of social work from Savannah State University and a bachelor of science in psychology from Oklahoma State University. She is a licensed master social worker.