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LFPR - August 6, 2020 - 0 comments

SAVANNAH, GA – August 6, 2020 – Higgins Place is hosting a fundraiser for the United Way of the Coastal Empire (UWCE) during open hours on Friday, August 14 at Higgins Place restaurant, 11 W. Railroad St. in Pembroke. This initiative is part of UWCE’s Dine United initiative to raise much needed funds for their efforts to support the community through these unprecedented times. 15% of all sales on Aug. 14 will be donated by Higgins Place to UWCE.

Through fundraising events like this, UWCE is able to support partner agencies in providing vital services and provide services when there are gaps. During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, United Way raised funds to help local residents who were financially impacted by restrictions and closures. The organization has currently helped over 28 Bryan County households with their rent and utilities since March, and they will continue to help as families continue to feel the impacts of the pandemic.

“During these uncertain times more than ever, many people need support in meeting even some of their most basic needs,” said Bryan County Area Director Mary Fuller. “Our United Way funded programs provide the services that help people remain stable or get them back on their feet quickly. We are extremely thankful to Higgins Place for hosting this event to benefit our organization, and we appeal to other restaurants in North and South Bryan County to support our Dine United initiative to lend a helping hand to people in our community.”

In 2019, 32 United Way funded agencies provided services to over 8,300 Bryan County residents through 44 programs focusing on education, economic independence, and health. The United Way Bryan County office has helped hundreds of families in getting connected to needed community resources and has provided financial assistance for rent, utilities and other basic needs . The office leads a number of community initiatives working to address local issues and provides support to local service providers such as food pantries, the Backpacks of Love program and Second Harvest mobile food pantries throughout the county.

The mission of United Way of the Coastal Empire is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities. United Way is a volunteer-driven organization that involves community leaders in every aspect of our business, including fundraising, marketing, and grant decisions. The organization aims to create an impact providing direct access and linking people with resources to build safe environments, secure independence, stabilize financial foundations, and promote learning opportunities. They serve all people in Bryan, Chatham, Liberty, and Effingham Counties, and there are service centers in each county that provide emergency assistance resources.

For more information about United Way of the Coastal Empire, Dine United program, please contact Mary Fuller, Area Director, at


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