Page 3 - United Way Annual Report 2017
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INTRODUCTION





        T      he Coastal Georgia region is      Thanks to a generous grant from       We believe United Way of Coastal

                                             the Terry Thomas Foundation, United
                                                                                   Georgia will serve as a catalyst for
               known for its breathtaking
                                             Way of Coastal Georgia hosted
               beauty - beauty that was
                                                                                   solving a local crisis: 24% of youth
        threatened in September 2017 by      twelve “roundtable” small-group       community partnerships focused on
        Hurricane Irma. The resilience and   discussions throughout 2017. The      between the ages of 16 and 24 are
        caring of United Way of Coastal      participants focused on identifying   neither employed nor in school. Join
        Georgia volunteers and donors        our community’s greatest needs in the   us as together we create a future for
        inspired collaboration among local   areas of health, education and income.    our youth as beautiful as our region’s
        nonprofit organizations serving      Participation included not only       natural resources.
        immediate community needs after      decision makers from United Way’s
        the storm. On the heels of Hurricane   currently funded Partner Agencies,
        Irma, the second major storm to hit   but also program staff directly
        the Georgia coast in eleven months,   related to United Way’s strategic
        United Way of Coastal Georgia and    focus, including public school
        Communities of Coastal Georgia       administrators, Chamber of Commerce
        Foundation joined forces to establish   representatives, members of
        the Community Emergency Needs        community collaborative organizations,
        Fund. The fund was created to        volunteers and other related service
        provide support to nonprofit         providers. The information we            RICH SEBAN,   VIRGINIA BROWN,
        agencies delivering direct assistance   gathered was the foundation for an   Board Chair      President &
                                                                                                         CEO
        to coastal Georgians affected by     action plan that will be implemented
        the storm’s impact.                  over the next three years.
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