United Way of the Lowcountry Women United, previously named Women’s Leadership Council, was founded locally in 2012.
Mission: To mobilize the caring power of women together to advance the common good by focusing on education in the forgotten pockets of Beaufort and Jasper Counties.
Vision: To be a recognized and respected women’s collaborative, a United Way initiative, that identifies, develops and maximizes contributions to effect positive sustainable improvement in the lives of families in Beaufort and Jasper Counties.
United Way of the Lowcountry Women United Steering Committee Members: Katie Phifer (Chair), Tina Gentry, Alison Barton, Daisy White, Marj Shymske, Donna Klein, Emily Harris, Gloria Duryea, Marilyn Harris, Karen Wyman and Delene Miller.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead
For more information or to become a Women United member please contact Jaime Dailey Vergara – Jdaileyvergara@uwlowcountry.org.
You may also download our Women’s Leadership Council brochure.
In 2017, Women United distributed 600+ backpacks to local students in Beaufort & Jasper Counties.
Through Operation Backpack, Women United partners with the community to provide a backpack full of school supplies and uniforms to children who are not being served by another agency. Women United works with school social workers to identify students in need of school supplies to fill help fill the gaps and ensure students in our community have the tools they need to succeed on their first day of school. Over the years this initiative has continued to grow.
The Power of the Purse presented by Beaufort Memorial will take place on March 1, 2018 at Dataw Island Clubhouse from 6 – 9 pm. Power of the Purse is an initiative of United Way of the Lowcountry Women United. The event celebrates the efforts of women in our community by presenting the Woman of the Year Award. The Power of the Purse also features live music, cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction with designer handbags, trips and much more. New this year is the “Man Cave,” featuring a special lounge area and silent auction items including hunting trips, golf packages, game tickets and much more. Proceeds from the event benefit Women United’s Breaking Barriers to Education Fund and Operation Backpack.
Women United holds free quarterly networking events as well as workshops, featuring talented and inspiring women in our community. The workshops have become a resource in developing, encouraging and supporting women leaders, professionally and in philanthropy.