For the first time since 2007, the United Way of the Lowcountry has met its goal of $2.3 million to fund its programs and services. The campaign formally kicked off in September and had a deadline of January 31. On January 30, the campaign received donations that met and exceeded the goal. Funding currently stands at $2,310,104.34 or 100.44 percent.
“It is the more than 31,000 Lowcountry residents who depend on our services that will benefit the most from this successful campaign,” said Chris McCorkendale, United Way Board Chairman. “I cannot say in words how proud I am of the collective efforts of board, staff and other volunteers that were recruited to our cause that helped make goal for the first time in seven years.”
The United Way of the Lowcountry currently helps fund 44 programs through 33 nonprofit partner agencies in Beaufort and Jasper counties. The $2.3 million also helps fund the United Way’s Early Grade Reading Program, currently employing volunteer tutors in eight local schools, as well as the United Way Helpline for those in need of both direct and referral services.
The United Way recently abolished its blackout period for fundraising by partner agencies and will being reviewing applications for funding later this year.