Group photo from United Way Public Policy Day

Advocate. Do you know what it means to advocate?

Advocacy means different things to different people. For some, advocating means talking to others about important issues facing our community; for others, advocacy takes place through writing a letter or getting in touch with an elected official to voice concern or support.

Did you know anyone can champion the cause?

Whether you’re speaking out to improve education, financial stability and health, or wearing your LIVE UNITED shirt to show support, you can help inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow. So go ahead, advocate in a LIVE UNITED world. Do it in public. Be visible. Be loud. Whatever you do, make your voice heard!

Trident United Way gives voice to community solutions at the state and local levels. Our public policy agenda for 2020-22 focuses on causes that matter to you:

  •     School Readiness
  •     Third Grade Literacy
  •     Increasing Access to Quality Health Care
  •     Access to work supports
  •     Gaining and Sustaining Assets

Learn more about our Public Policy Committee

The Trident United Way Public Policy Committee is committed to providing strategic direction for all matters related to public policy and advocacy in support of the Agenda for Community Impact at Trident United Way. The committee members include:

  • Anna Hamilton-Lewin, Community Volunteer, Chair

  • Craig Ascue, Community Volunteer

  • Bryan Boroughs, Institute for Child Success

  • Greg Bulanow, City of North Charleston

  • Alyssondra Campaigne, Engage Strategies

  • Sara DeWolf, J.D., Community Volunteer, Immediate Past Chair

  • Don Gordon, The Riley Institute at Furman University

  • Dwayne Green, MPG Consulting Group

  • Shayna Howell, Community Volunteer

  • Naomi Lett, United Way Association of South Carolina CEO (Ex-officio)

  • Elaine Morgan, Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce

  • Charles Patrick, Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC

  • Jerome Tilghman, Ernest E. Kennedy Center

  • LaTisha Vaughn-Brandon, Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative

  • Kathryn Whitaker, Burr & Forman LLP

Trident United Way Staff Participants

  • Amanda Lawrence, VP of Community Impact

  • Chloe Knight Tonney, Presidnet and CEO


Cast a ballot and build a relationship with your elected officials. For information on voting in South Carolina, visit the South Carolina State Election Commission's Website.

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 Interested in learning more? Contact Amanda Lawrence or (843) 740-9000.