A just-announced $100,000 grant to the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation by The Anschutz Foundation is dedicated to assisting coastal area residents who have suffered temporary or permanent job losses due to the economic impact of COVID-19. The grant will be added to the Community Emergency Needs Fund established and managed jointly by the United Way of Coastal Georgia and the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation.
Scott Steilen, president and CEO of Sea Island, which is closed during the pandemic, approached The Anschutz Foundation to support this effort. “I have been asked by many area residents how they can assist those in our community who have lost their jobs because of this pandemic. A key way to help is to follow their lead and donate to the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, which has the infrastructure in place to quickly distribute these funds to those agencies assisting individuals who have lost their jobs. This is our home, and now is the time when our community needs us most. Please join with us to help.” Steilen has issued a challenge to the community to match or exceed these donated funds.
Robin and Davis Love III quickly accepted this challenge with a pledge of $50,000 from the Love family. According to Love, “Robin and I are incredibly saddened to see the economic pain caused to so many people we know and see on a regular basis. We experienced the caring, giving spirit of this community first-hand recently and encourage others to join us in helping many of the people who make our area an amazing place to live.”
Paul White, President and CEO of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, extends his thanks to both The Anschutz Foundation and the Loves and encourages the community to accept this challenge to help those directly affected by the loss of their jobs. “In these challenging times, collaboration will help our community survive this crisis and emerge stronger when it is past. The Coastal Georgia Foundation and the United Way look forward to working with Coastal Georgians to meet and exceed the generosity of both donors. The addition of these grants to the generous gifts already made by other foundations, fund holders and many Coastal Georgians have combined to give this initiative a very strong start.”
Community members are invited to visit the Coastal Georgia Foundation’s website at www.coastalgeorgiafoundation.org to donate to the Community Emergency Needs Fund. Information for agencies seeking funding is also available on the site.