SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The United Way of the Coastal Empire surpassed their campaign fundraising goal this year.
The goal was to raise $8 million. They were able to raise a total of $8,080,219.
The event at the Savannah Theatre celebrated the conclusion of United Ways annual fundraising campaign and it was chaired by Chief of Campus Police Terry Enoch, of the Savannah Chatham Public School System. He said inside this year was an added challenge figuring out how to fund raise and campaign virtually due to the pandemic.
“We’re celebrating the victory of the efforts of the community, investing in the community, taking care of their own, so we’re excited about it,” Chief Enoch said. “What really matters is the work that we put in to take care of each other. I’ve seen the caring power mobilized throughout the four county region and it’s been amazing. There are amazing people in this community.”
He says the pandemic presented them with a lot of challenges but says the hope, faith and love in our community allowed them to reach their goal.
“We had to create a new infrastructure. While we were doing that here in the United Way, we were also assisting our United Way partners in doing the same. It was something new. We’ve never seen a day like today. This pandemic presented tons of challenges,” Chief Enoch said.
Challenges like depending heavily on virtual and internal campaigning with organizations. Even with these obstacles in front of them, it was important to continue to help families through their 211 service and COVID-19 Response Fund providing assistance to many families, some who’ve never needed it until this year.
United Way leaders say the need in our community continues and they’ll continue to work to improve their lives throughout the coastal region.
“We must always be there for those in need. And we must always be willing to adapt to our changing environment and conditions, because ultimately, that’s the only way we can be always united,” United Way of the Coastal Empire Board Chair and General Manager of WTOC, Larry Silbermann said.