United Way funding helps hospice services

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With contributions now at 44 percent of the $2.8 million 2012 campaign goal, the United Way of the Lowcountry is well on its way to helping organizations such as Friends of Caroline Hospice help others.
“The mission of Friends of Caroline Hospice is to provide home care and volunteer services that offer hope, encouragement, and care to those who live with a life threatening illness, as well as support for their families, friends, and the community,” said Heidi Owens of the nonprofit hospice.
A $500 contribution to United Way of the Lowcountry pays for one week of in-home care for the terminally ill by Friends of Caroline Hospice.
“The Coordinated Care Program provides patients and their families and friends the support and tools needed to allow patients to die at home, surrounded by loved ones, as well as bereavement support for families and friends,” Owens said.
“Because our services are free, everyone has equal access so the community benefits. With Medicare and Medicaid initiating hospice cutbacks and a rising population of retirees moving to this area, the demand from the community is growing.”
The United Way of the Lowcountry Board of Directors announced gifts and pledges have been received totaling  $1,235,95  of the organization’s 2012 fall goal of $2.8 million.
“The Lowcountry needs hospice care, and we are proud to help support Friends of Caroline Hospice through United Way of the Lowcountry,” said Peter Post, chairman of the United Way Board of Directors.
For more information or to donate, call 843-982-3040 or visit www.uwlowcountry.org.

Fundraiser adds to campaign chest: Lowcountry Business Circle’s “Business Owner Appreciation Party” Oct. 23 raised $1,020 for United Way of the Lowcountry.  “It was an amazing night and a wonderful way to bring together Lowcountry businesses,” said Clarece Walker, CEO of United Way of the Lowcountry.