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UNITED WAY OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE PROVIDES CHROMEBOOKS TO ECSD STUDENTS

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UNITED WAY OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE PROVIDES CHROMEBOOKS TO STUDENTS IN EFFINGHAM COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM

SAVANNAH, GA (August 6, 2020) – United Way of the Coastal Empire has awarded a $28,000 grant to the Effingham County Board of Education. The fund will be used to purchase 100 Chromebooks to ensure students in need have access to a quality education amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“It is critical we help our students succeed in every way we can especially under the current circumstances. Now more than ever, we must do our best to bridge the technology gap that limits access to learning,” said Larry Silbermann, Vice President and General Manager of WTOC-TV and Chairman of the Board of United Way of the Coastal Empire. “Our efforts to provide students with Chromebooks will help prevent students from falling behind.”

This award is part of the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund to support residents impacted by the pandemic. United Way has raised more than $620,000 and distributed nearly $500,000 to date to help families retain stable housing and provide financial assistance for additional critical needs. More than 1,400 individuals and families in our four-county region have been helped by United Way.

United Way Area Director in Effingham, Elizabeth Waters stated, “We are blessed to have such a great partnership with our local Board of Education.  They have historically been the United Way of the Coastal Empire’s largest pacesetter. Just last year, they raised over $81,000 for our annual fundraising campaign. We feel this is a great way to give back during their time of need.”

“We are so thankful for the United Way and what they do for our community. They have been instrumental in helping the community for many years” said Effingham County Superintendent, Dr. Yancy Ford.  “I cannot thank Elizabeth and her staff enough for their generosity to our boys and girls.” 

Helping every child succeed in school is critical to the United Way’s mission. Early in the pandemic, United Way also granted $26,000 to Savannah-Chatham County Public School System to purchase 115 Chromebooks for students in schools with the highest levels of poverty.

For more information, visit www.uwce.org.

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About United Way of the Coastal Empire

The mission of United Way of the Coastal Empire is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities. 

United Way conducts an annual fundraising campaign and invests donor contributions in programs and services within three impact areas: Education, Financial Stability, and Health. United Way serves Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty Counties.

United Way is a volunteer-driven organization that involves hundreds of community leaders, professionals, and other volunteers in every aspect of our business, including fundraising, marketing, and funding decisions, to ensure that donors’ donations are truly making a difference.

With the Jenkins Trust, United Way of the Coastal Empire is one of only three United Ways across the nation with a fund that covers nearly all administrative costs, allowing donor dollars to go further in helping the community.

For more information, please visit uwce.org.