Annual Day of Caring (2011)
There were 21 local businesses to participate and 201 employees to volunteer at 19 local agencies. The projects were everything from repairing plaster, painting cabinets, walls and doors, building shelves, cleaning up play areas, walking dogs and building dog walking trails, helping out in classrooms at Magnolia Speech School and delivering meals for Community Council.
2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects people with important community services and great volunteer opportunities. The call center is located in Jackson, Miss. and since 2006 has created a total cost savings to the state of $775,424. The top five unmet needs are electric bill payment assistance, rent assistance, water bill assistance, mortgage assistance and homeless shelter inquiries. A total of 5,276 calls have been made to 2-1-1 Mississippi from Claiborne, Issaquena, Sharkey, Yazoo, and Warren counties since 2006.
The Donor Investment Panels, were given the task of distributing the dollars raised in this year's campaign. 42 volunteers evaluated program requests from our partnering agencies using Outcome Measures and a scoring system to ensure the dollars raised were going to the programs that are most needed and are getting the best results.
United Way Workforce Assistance Program
United Way's Workforce Assistance Program is in its second year of operation. The program is designed to help those individuals who are employed full time and due to an unexpected emergency have had a loss of income. The purpose of the program is to fill the gap for those who would not qualify for other community programs due to income requirements.
United Way Teen HELP
Teen HELP (Helping Every Life Progress) is a student volunteer program sponsored by United Way of West Central Mississippi/ Rotary Interact. This energetic group of teenagers grades 9-12 from all local public, private and parochial schools in the community meet once a month to plan community projects and to listen to speakers.
The youth sponsor fundraisers for projects and award grants to organizations in the community that serve programs of interest to them; often partnering with United Way agencies to meet the needs of the less fortunate.
These youth benefit from earning community service hours and from learning more about their community and its needs. They also get to explore career options, and use their talents and skills to gain experience for future endeavors. Each year, through essay writing contest, a scholarship in memory of Bruce Alan Ebersole is awarded to a senior. Ebersole was the group's first president.
Financial Education in Your Community
This program teaches money management skills to individuals living in Warren, Claiborne, Sharkey, Issaquena and Yazoo counties.