Palmetto Society contributors give $1000 or more to United Way of the Lowcountry, and lead citizens of Beaufort and Jasper Counties into a brighter future. Why do they make this level of financial commitment? Because United Way finds solutions for the pressing issues we face; and because monumental change occurs when leaders work together.
Here are some facts:

“If children don’t have to worry about being homeless they are better able to succeed at school.”

Betsy Doughtie, Deep Well Project

Beaufort County families spend 20% to 47% of their income on childcare, leaving little remaining living wage and furthering the cycle of poverty.

“When HIV transmission is reduced overall healthcare costs are reduced, infected persons improve their health, and the number of AIDS related deaths is limited.”

Gwen Bampfield, ACCESS Network

659 cases of HIV in Beaufort and Jasper counties were reported on December 31, 2008. Of those cases, 408 persons have developed AIDS.

“The ability to speak, read, write, and understand English is central to what it means to be literate in the United States.”

Nancy Williams, Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry, Inc.

Thousands of lowcountry adults lack the basic literacy skills to read and understand English; they function at levels of literacy that fall far short of what is required for success in the 21st century.

Palmetto Society contributors engage the vision and mission of United Way of the Lowcountry. Please consider becoming a member of the Palmetto Society. Simply click the Give button on this website, make your gift and join. From all of those who receive nutrition, shelter, education, health, and reduced poverty because of your generosity, please accept this heartfelt thank you.