United Way of the Lowcountry Inc. has received $1,389,480 in gifts and pledges, putting it at 53.4 percent of its $2.6 million fundraising goal for its annual campaign.
United Way contributions fund 39 partner agencies and programs in Beaufort and Jasper counties, according to a news release.
The ACCESS Network is a partner agency that aims to encourage healthy lifestyles, particularly among residents at risk of becoming infected with or who already have HIV/AIDS.
"When the transmission of HIV/AIDS is reduced in the community, everyone benefits," said Gwen Bamfield, ACCESS executive director. "Overall costs of health care are reduced; infected persons improve their health status, thereby reducing the number of AIDS-related deaths."
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To contribute, to volunteer or for more information about United Way, go to www.uwlowcountry.org. Information also is available by calling 843-982-3040 in Beaufort, 843-837-2000 in southern Beaufort County and 843-645-6500 in Jasper County.