Economic Opportunity for Savannah-Chatham County Area, Inc. (EOA) received a $5,000 grant from WellCare of Georgia, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc., to provide utility assistance to individuals in the Savannah community.
“This grant will allow us to provide additional assistance to low-income seniors and families in our community,” said Ms. Tom E. McBeth, executive director of the EOA.
The agency receives funding from The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs.
“However, LIHEAP funds are not enough to serve the thousands of people in our community who qualify,” said Ms. Mc- Beth.
Carl Hart, a member of theFoster Grandparent Program, volunteers at the local May Street YMCA 20 hours a week working with exceptional, special or literacy needs children. He assists children with literacy skills and teaches children the right things to do.
“The utility assistance from WellCare will take a load off financially,” Said Hart.
“WellCare’s grant program in Georgia is one facet of its commitment to building partnerships with nonprofit, community-based organizations that offer support in meeting basic social needs,” said Veatrice Futch, WellCare of Georgia’s Community Advocacy Manager. “We know that people cannot prioritize their health when their basic need for food, shelter, clothing, safety and utilities is not being properly met. By simply helping people to address these needs, we hope it will allow people to lead better, healthier lives.”
EOA has already established a working relationship with many of the social workers and other staff at WellCare to help promote awareness of various services offered in our community to help individuals