Power of the Purse Auction

United Way of the Lowcountry’s Women United is proud to host the Annual Power of the Purse Auction online this year for the first time.  Thank you to our Power of the Purse Presenting Sponsor Beaufort Memorial and all of our sponsors for their support. Please be sure to check out the list of all of our Power of the Purse Sponsors!  Proceeds from this fundraiser support education initiatives benefitting children and families throughout Beaufort and Jasper Counties through Women United’s Breaking Barriers to Education Fund, Operation Backpack, and the Women United Scholarship Fund.

The Breaking Barriers fund seeks to help fulfill needs that would otherwise prevent a student from attending school or from reaching their full potential. The fund is administered by the United Way of the Lowcountry HELPLINE, which works with school officials to directly remove financial barriers that stand in the way of a child’s education.

Operation Backpack provides backpacks full of school supplies to children in our community who are not being served by another agency. Women United works with school social workers to identify students in need to help fill in the gaps and ensure students in our community have the tools they need to succeed at the beginning of school. This school year, Women United distributed 1,000+ backpacks to local students in need.

The Women United Scholarship Fund was established in 2020 to support local, non-traditional female students pursuing a higher education degree at USCB or TCL.  Through the support of women in the community, Women United presented its first Women United Scholarship, presenting three local women with $1,000 scholarships each, totaling $3,000.