Beaufort News

United Way starts second week with $422,802

United Way of the Lowcountry kicked off its 2011 campaign last week and reported Thursday that $422,802 has been contributed so far, which is 15.1 percent of its goal.

United Way often relies on collaboration among its member agencies to help people in Beaufort and Jasper counties, according to a news release.

Jan Smith, executive director of the Children's Center on Hilton Head Island, said the center referred a parent to Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse, and the referral "and her two children are now safe, thriving and growing."

She added that The Deep Well Project has worked with the center when parents cannot meet child care expenses, and Hope Haven works with it to educate at-risk children and parents facing a crisis.

To contribute to the United Way, to volunteer or for more information about the campaign, call 843-982-3040 in Beaufort, 843-837-2000 in southern Beaufort County or 843-645-6500 in Jasper County.