United Way Hurricane Irma Relief Fund

United Way of the Coastal Empire announced today that it has established the Hurricane Irma Relief Fund to provide support to those affected by Hurricane Irma.  United Way will distribute 100% of the funds received to its funded agencies and programs that are on the front lines of disaster response and provide assistance to victims affected by the storm.

“Our hearts go out to our neighbors affected by Hurricane Irma,” said United Way President and CEO Gregg Schroeder.  “United Way of the Coastal Empire is committed to the well-being of our community.  We’re here for the long term recovery for people in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty counties.”  Schroeder added, “We have an army of agencies that work around the clock to help those in need, and United Way will continue to asses and identify immediate and ongoing needs of our agencies.”

United Way will provide financial support to its funded agencies to address infrastructure, supply, and other immediate needs that impede the agencies’ ability to bring services back to the community and/or respond to increased demands.  Priority of funding will be given to agencies that provide basic human needs, such as food, clothing, shelter, and caregiver services. 

Donations are accepted to support response and recovery efforts related to the disaster.  To give, simply visit uwce.org/give or call 912-651-7700.

Additionally, United Way continues to provide individuals and families in crisis through United Way 211.  Residents can call 211 to connect with direct services and request for immediate needs. United Way 211 is available online at uwce.org/211

United Way also collaborates with Chatham Emergency Management Assistance to assist our agencies with their restoration efforts. Anyone interested in volunteering can visit uwce.org/volunteer or call 912-651-7727.

United Way of the Lowcountry (UWLC) is collecting funds for disaster relief efforts to help people impacted by Hurricane Irma. UWLC is the agency designated by Beaufort County to collect, administer and distribute funds for disaster relief efforts.

All donations are tax deductible and 100% of the money collected will stay LOCAL! UWLC is also accepting donations for relief efforts in Jasper County as well.

Donations can be made on the United Way of the Lowcountry website at www.uwlowcountry.org. Please mark all donations for disaster relief efforts, "Hurricane Irma." Donations may also be made by texting IRMARELIEF17 to 71777.

Donations may also be mailed to United Way of the Lowcountry at P.O. Box 202 Beaufort, SC 29901. Checks should be made payable to United Way of the Lowcountry with "Hurricane Irma" in the memo.

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