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Understand how United Way helps community
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The mission of the United Way of the Coastal Empire is simple — to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities. It is a call to action, inspiring everyone to give, advocate, volunteer, and become a part of making our community a better place to live.
Through partnerships, longterm planning and wise investments of donor contributions, the United Way of the Coastal Empire supports more than 120 community programs and services in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties. Your local branch office of the United Way of the Coastal Empire is in the Brantley Building, suite A, 135 M.L. King Jr. Drive, in Hinesville. The office is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and the phone number is 368-4282.
United Way of the Coastal Empire, Liberty County branch is a volunteer-driven organization. A diverse group of Liberty County residents work all year to carefully review 501(c)3 (nonprofit) organizations’ requests for funding, paying special attention to management, program delivery and outcomes accountability to ensure donor contributions really do make a difference.
Using a strategic planning process, the United Way of the Coastal Empire identified key-issue areas in our community. These issue areas guide the allocation of resources for the purpose of enhancing the longterm quality of life in our community.  Funding may be provided to programs that impact one or more issue areas, including education and youth development; health and wellness; economic independence and basic human needs
The local United Way branch office strives to connect area residents with educational resources, health care and self-sufficiency skills while catering to clients’ need. We also encourage and help facilitate volunteerism and community involvement through our Hands on Savannah-Volunteer Liberty database. To gain access to our registered volunteer organizations, simply log onto, click “Hands on Savannah” and register as a volunteer.  Once registered, you can click on “Volunteer Liberty” to see Liberty County’s available community service work and volunteer opportunities every month. Yes, it’s really that simple.
Another excellent United Way of the Coastal Empire resource is the Coastal Empire 211 service, which is a free and confidential information and referral service. By dialing 211, citizens can access human-service information. Trained specialists answer calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. They make referrals using an extensive database of information that includes more than 500 nonprofit organizations.
Serving seven counties — Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh — the United Way’s 211 service specialists assist with medical and health services; food, shelter and clothing needs; and financial assistance. They also can help victims of abuse or crime. To use this service, dial 211 from a landline or 912-651-7730 from a cell phone.

Darsey is the interim executive director of the United Way of the Coastal Empire, Liberty.

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