Beaufort News

United Way campaign reaches $1M mark

United Way of the Lowcountry's 2012 campaign cleared its first million this week and is at 36 percent of its $2.8 million goal, CEO Clarece Walker announced Thursday.

Among the organization's beneficiaries is AMIkids Beaufort, an alternative to prison time for youth convicted of nonviolent crimes. Its residential facility is in Dale.

"United Way of the Lowcountry supports AMIkids Beaufort and the wonderful work they do, and we support 43 other agencies and partnerships," said Mike Petrelli, campaign chairman for Hilton Head Island.

Every $100 contribution to United Way of the Lowcountry provides a boy between the ages of 14 and 17 who has been referred to AMIkids with 34 hours of instruction to support academic achievement, according to the United Way.

To learn more about United Way's services and campaign, call 843-982-3040 or go to to make a secure online payment.