Beaufort News

United Way hits 35 percent of goal

United Way of the Lowcountry reports it has reached 35.7 percent of its goal, with $1,002,165 in contributions during its annual fundraising campaign.

Part of that money funds programs like free tax preparation for working families with adjusted income of $40,000 or less. Last year, Lowcountry Area Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Coalition volunteers, trained by the IRS, helped 1,660 working families complete their tax forms and get refunds, a United Way release said.

Taxpayers who receive tax-preparation services through the VITA program also receive referrals to various assistance agencies.

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