Step Up Partners


Step Up Partners

Youth & Families

African-American Male Achievement, Inc.: An all-volunteer community group established in 2006 to raise awareness about the conditions and practices that adversely affect the achievement of African-American males in Savannah-Chatham County Public School System. AMA’s mission is to examine and present these issues to the public so that school board policies, district practices, and community-wide efforts will more effectively support the achievement and success of Black male students.

Chatham-Savannah Youth Futures Authority: Authority created by state enabling legislation to serve as the collaborative for addressing issues relevant to children, youth and families in Chatham County. Its initiatives, strategies, and assistance focus on the areas of child health (especially teen pregnancy), educational success, juvenile delinquency prevention, and early childhood development

Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club: The Savannah chapter of the Boys & Girls Club provide programs and services to youth of all backgrounds to help instill in these youth a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. The Frank Callen center is located at 510 E. Charlton Street, Savannah.

Greenbriar Children’s Center: A non-profit agency whose mission is to provide services, which promote the healthy development of children and the strengthening of families. Their services include an emergency shelter, residential care, runaway/homeless programs, independent living, family preservation, early childhood development programs, and Project Safe Place.

Young Men of Honor: The mission of this program is to inspire and enable young men, especially those from socially and economically challenged families, to realize their full potential as productive citizens. Young Men of Honor Program, founded and supported by Diane Jackson, seeks to broaden the students’ cultural and social experiences; reduce at-risk behavior; improve academic performance; and help build the young men’s positive self-identities.

Senior Citizens

Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center/ Area Agency on Aging: The Center offers referral services to seniors through its Area Agency on Aging (AAA). The AAA aids seniors in accessing in-home services through outside providers.

Senior Citizen’s Inc.: A national nonprofit whose mission is to help people transition through life gracefully. Savannah’s office offers seniors access to a variety of in-home and out-of-home services through family advocates, opportunities for adult education at learning centers, and access to activity centers around the city.


Parent University: A community collaborative housed out of Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools encourages parent involvement and participation in the education of our community’s youth. The collaborative aims to maximize student learning by creating a strong bridge between his/her community and the school by engaging and empowering his/her parents.

Royce Learning Center: An organization that provides comprehensive services to enable children and adults living with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, and literacy needs to reach their maximum education, emotional, and social potential.

Savannah-Chatham County Public School System: Our local school district run by an elected Board of Public Education and that operates most public schools in the Chatham County including those in the city of Savannah. The current superintendent is Dr. Thomas B. Lockamy, Jr. Its mission is “to ingite a passion for learning and teaching at high levels.”

Savannah Early Childhood Foundation: An organization working to stitch together community resources to ensure that all Savannah children are ready for school. Combining public and private resources, SECF is uniquely focused on helping parents create high quality learning environments for their children starting at birth through age five.

Savannah Graduates: A community collaborative to align resources and advocate to increase the number of individuals with degrees and credentials for workforce development in Savannah-Chatham County.


Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council: A county-wide planning body of key stakeholders interested in improving health care for the uninsured and underinsured. This nonprofit’s goal is to make the health care system for primary care stronger, increase the size of the system within our community, make it easier to find health care, and link the uninsured and underinsured to a medical home.

Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care, Inc.: A partner of the Safety Net Planning Council, Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care, Inc. is the area’s federally qualified low-income health clinic, providing discounted health care services for individuals who are uninsured and underinsured.

Heads-Up Guidance Services: A non-profit organization making professional counseling and vocational guidance available and affordable to all who need and desire services. HUGS is funded by community donations and operated by local volunteers.

Healthy Savannah – A community-minded organization dedicated to making Savannah a healthier place to live. Their aim is to increase opportunities for citizens to engage in physical activity and consume a nutritious, balanced diet.

MedBank Foundation: A nonprofit enterprise that strives to improve the quality of life, collective health and well-being of the communities it serves. The organization provides access to vital, life-sustaining medications for patients who, for a variety of socio-economic reasons, otherwise could not obtain them–at no cost to its patients.

Memorial Health University Medical Center: An award-winning 604-bed academic medical center that serves a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina.

St. Joseph’s/Candler: Offers healthcare services across the entire continuum, including local and regional primary care, specialized inpatient and outpatient services in the 714 patient beds in our two anchor hospitals, home healthcare services, as well as a wide variety of community outreach and education efforts throughout the region.


Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity: A nonprofit, nondenominational Christian organization that coordinates support, funding, home construction, and financial services for families who qualify. In partnership with eligible families, Habitat enlists volunteers and tax-deductible donations to build homes at 0% interest.

Community Housing Services Agency: A partnership between the city, local banks and community leaders to help fund the creation and retention of affordable rental housings. Projects range from single-family houses to multi-family apartments.

Savannah-Chatham County Fair Housing Council, Inc.: A nonprofit that provides all citizens in Savannah, Chatham and surrounding counties with fair housing services that will result in the protection of equal housing opportunity from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, familial status or disability.


Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless, Inc.: Also known as the Homeless Authority, this is a regional organization that partners service providers and the community to coordinate poverty and homeless services. The Homeless Authority seeks to assist the homeless and near-homeless in reaching self-sufficiency.

Family Promise of Effingham, Inc.: Families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. Over 40% of the U.S. homeless population are families with children. One out of every 50 children, or 1.5 million children are homeless. To support its efforts to reduce child homelessness, Family Promise provides day centers, transportation, and shelter and meals through host congregations.

Social Apostolate: A Catholic charity in downtown Savannah that offers showers and hygiene items for those in need, clothing vouchers, school uniform vouchers, crisis intervention, emergency assistance, grocery assistance, birth certificate procurement, medical and prescription assistance, a work employability program and assistance with out of town travel.

Union Mission, Inc.: This nonprofit provides vital humanitarian and social services to Savannah’s homeless and special needs communities. Its care programs address shelter, long and short-term housing, healthcare, behavioral counseling, substance abuse, job and life-skills training and employment assistance.

United Ministries of Savannah, Inc.: United Ministries was founded by several churches in the city to work directly with Savannah’s faith-based community in providing healthy meals and other assistance for the homeless and near-homeless.

Workforce Development

Coastal Workforce Investment Board: This regional organization covers an 8-county area; it is charged with implementing programs through the Workforce Investment Act, federal legislation that funds workforce education and career development programs. The board, representing all 8 counties, includes members from the public and private sectors.

The Creative Coast: This non-profit organization, supported by The City of Savannah and Savannah Economic Development Authority, seeks to support and develop community services and businesses engaged in creative or innovative technical endeavors, and to cultivate an environment in which they can thrive.

Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire: This nonprofit is dedicated to assisting people with disabilities and other barriers to employment to live independently and become employed. Goodwill provides high-quality, community-based employment services for individuals with disabilities and/or barriers, including homeless unemployed and underemployed veterans.

Job CorpsA free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.

Savannah Economic Development Authority: An independently funded authority that provides professional site services and access to state and local resources to promote regional economic development.

Small Business Assistance Corporation: The Small Business Assistance Corporation manages 13 different loan programs and offers business services including education, counseling, and financial assistance.

Whitefield Foundation and Center, Inc.: The Whitefield Foundation and Center provides education programs (GED, After School Tutoring, etc.) to an area that has more than 2 times the poverty level, 1.5 times the percentage of k-12 students (many living below the poverty level) and almost 3 times the percentage households where adults have less than high school educations when compared to the rest of the county.

Wealth Building/Financial Education

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Savannah Area: CCCS, a non-profit, works to provide the community services, including professional and confidential counseling, debt management, housing counseling and consumer education, regardless of ability to pay.

Policy & Advocacy

Georgia Watch: Georgia Watch serves as a statewide advocate for Georgians and a resource for the public, the media, legislators, and regulators on a range of consumer issues, such as utility rates, cleaner energy options, access to safe and affordable health care, personal finances, and access to civil justice.

Savannah Neighborhood Associations

Baldwin Park Neighborhood Association

Cuyler-Brownville Neighborhood Association

Eastside Concerned Citizens, Inc.

Feiler Park Neighborhood Association

Hudson Hill Neighborhood Association

Metropolitan Community Organization

Sunset Neighborhood Association

Wilshire/Ventura Neighborhood Watch

Woodville Neighborhood Association

West Savannah Neighborhood Association

Community-Based Organizations

American Red Cross/Savannah chapter: Prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The American Red Cross of Southeast Georgia serves Bryan, Camden, Charlton Chatham, Effingham, Liberty, Long, Appling, Bulloch, Candler, Emanuel, Evans, Jeff Davis, Montgomery, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs, Wheeler, Bacon, Brantley, Glynn, McIntosh, Pierce, Ware and Wayne counties.

Economic Opportunity Authority for Savannah-Chatham County Area, Inc.: EOA, a private non-profit agency that is the area’s Community Action Agency, was created by joint resolution of the City of Savannah, Chatham County Commission and the Board of Public Education in 1964. Through EOA’s Community Action Program (CAP), it provides a variety of federally funded programs and services to assist low to moderate income residents of Chatham County.

Neighborhood Improvement Association: NIA works to promote positive change in individual, family, and community circumstances by improving social, physical, and economic conditions in Chatham County. NIA leads the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in the region.

Forsyth Farmers’ Market: FFM’s mission is to promote understanding and participation in a local food system that supports sustainable production and increases access to local products. The FFM operates Savannah’s largest farmers’ market, in the south side of Forsyth Park, while working to promote a sustainable, local food system supporting the health of individuals, farmers and the community.

Georgia Legal Services Program: This nonprofit provides free legal services to low-income people in civil matters. Its mission is to work for equal access to justice under law to all people of Georgia. In Savannah, GLSP focuses particularly on domestic violence cases, reducing poverty by helping clients retain or obtain financial benefits and health care, and addressing housing issues.

Hands on Savannah: Facilitated by the United Way of the Coastal Empire, Hands on Savannah helps individuals, families, corporate and community groups access flexible volunteer opportunities at more than 200 service organizations and schools in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty counties. Through volunteer recruitment and referral, Hands On Savannah works to meet critical needs in schools, parks, senior homes, food banks, pet shelters, low-income neighborhoods and more.

The Harambee House, Inc: The Harambee House, Inc. is a Savannah-based nonprofit with nearly two decades of practice helping people create safe, healthy communities that promote wellness, environmental justice and green sustainability. The Harambee House, Inc. is also a member of the Center for Working Families network funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The center is located in the Midtown neighborhood.

Moses Jackson Family Advancement Center:  A multi-purpose training and development facility developed to assist individuals in improving their opportunities for advancement through ongoing training and development. The center, located in west Savannah, is part of the Center for Working Families network. Training is available for older youths and adults.

Social Apostolate: A Catholic charity in downtown Savannah that offers showers and hygiene items for those in need, clothing vouchers, school uniform vouchers, crisis intervention, emergency assistance, grocery assistance, birth certificate procurement, medical and prescription assistance, a work employability program and assistance with out of town travel.

St. Mary’s Community Center: A community outreach initiative of St. Joseph’s/Candler that serves many individuals and families from Savannah’s poorest census tracts. In addition to providing educational/job training and child care services, St. Mary’s is part of the Center for Working Families network and connects individuals with its community partners to help them access vital services. The center is located in the Cuyler-Brownsville neighborhood.

 The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army seeks to assist individuals with the basic needs. In addition to helping abate homelessness and hunger, the Salvation Army provides rehabilitation programs, assistance for youth and the elderly, disaster relief, and more- programs that welcome the service of volunteers.

The United Way of the Coastal Empire: The United Way of the Coastal Empire (UWCE) is volunteer-driven organization that is dedicated to improving lives in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty counties by mobilizing the caring power of communities. The UWCE utilizes partnerships, long-term planning and donor contributions to support community programs and services. Its main impact areas include education & youth development, economic independence, health & wellness, and basic human needs.

Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc.:  A non-profit organization promoting the economic, educational, and spiritual growth of women, children, and youth through four programs: Early Childhood Education and Development Center, The Lady Bamford Early Childhood Education Center, Women’s Center, and Youth Arts Camp.

West Broad Street YMCA: Savannah’s downtown YMCA dedicated to helping residents move out of poverty. It houses an early learning program for children 6 weeks to 4 years, a before and after school program, an alternative school for expelled middle school age children, afternoon tutorials, a public library, a strong summer program, as well as a variety of enrichment and recreation programs.

Government Agencies

Chatham Area Transit: Chatham Area Transit provides Savannah with various forms of public transportation in order to promote accessibility within the city to all residents.

Chatham County Board of Commissioners:  The Chatham County Board of Commissioners consists of a chairman who is elected at-large and eight district commissioners. All members are elected to four-year terms.

Chatham County Department of Family and Children Services: The Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is responsible for TANF and employment support, protecting children, foster care and other services to strengthen families. DFCS is responsible for providing SNAP (formerly food stamps), Medicaid, and child assistance.

Chatham County Health Department: The Health Department seeks to provide preventative health services to more than 250,000 county residents. Citizens can benefit from immunization services, medical testing for STDs, family planning services and women’s health services, and other public health services.

City of Savannah: Savannah’s City Council consists of a mayor and eight aldermen. The mayor and two of the aldermen are elected citywide. The other six aldermen are elected by district.

Coastal Transitional Center: The center protects the community while assisting residents in making a successful transition back into society by providing social and employment skills in a structured environment.

Georgia Department of Labor/Savannah office: The Georgia Department of Labor provides a wide range of services to job seekers and employers. These include administration of Georgia’s unemployment insurance, employment service, provision of workforce information to the public and private sectors, and oversight of child labor issues.

Housing Authority of Savannah: The Housing Authority of Savannah (HAS) receives federal HUD funds to effectively and efficiently address the housing needs of Savannah’s low-income population while focusing on the educational, job training and economic self-sufficiency needs of the residents of public housing neighborhoods and the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Live Oak Public Library: Live Oak Public Libraries provide responsive information and public library services to enrich people’s lives, support lifelong learning, and build and enhance our communities.

Metropolitan Planning Commission: The Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) is a joint planning agency for the City of Savannah and Chatham County whose members serve without pay and represent government, private enterprise, and citizens’ interest groups. The MPC provides strategic planning in the areas of land use, transportation, environmental quality, water resources and growth management in the city as well as assistance to other entities in the area of historic preservation and economic development.

Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department/ Savannah Impact Program: The Savannah Impact Program is a collaborative community corrections program with state and local agencies that provides intense supervision, substance abuse counseling, and support programs for ex-offenders returning to the community after incarceration.


Armstrong Atlantic State University: Armstrong Atlantic State University is a four-year public university within the University System of Georgia.

Savannah State University: As the oldest public HBCU in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah, SSU has served this community while meeting the educational needs of an increasingly diverse student population.

Savannah Technical College: Savannah Technical College works with business partners to create market-driven, quality technical and adult education programs. These programs are designed to meet the changing needs of the regional economy with the flexibility and creativity necessary to sustain the workforce of the future. Savannah Technical College is also a member of the Center for Working Families network funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

UGA Cooperative Extension-Chatham County: The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in Chatham County provides a variety of educational programs to the citizens of Chatham County. Its mission is to extend lifelong learning to Georgia citizens through unbiased, research-based education in agriculture, the environment, communities, youth and families.