What's Going on in West Central Mississippi!
2020 Campaign is Underway!
The "Pathway to Winning" has begun with workplace campaigns in full swing and telemarketing letters in the mail. Did you know that this year we've added a new way for you for you to give? We've added an on-line tool that is fast and easy to complete. Just click on this link to make a one time or recurring gift.
COVID-19 Community Support
Senior/Disabled Meal Distribution- The funds for this program have gone to purchasing food for the most vulnerable adults in our community. During these uncertain times, with community support, we have provided meals allowing these at risk adults to remain safely in their vehicle.
COVID-19 Basic Needs Assistance- At United Way, it is our job to fill the gap where others cannot. Those who live in the United Way of West Central Mississippi's service area of 5 counties (Warren, Sharkey, Issaquena, Yazoo, Claiborne) have the opportunity to apply for basic need assistance. We have created an online application to allow safe communication with clients, all while still ensuring clients receive proper assistance. Once applicants fill out the application, there is about a seven day turnaround period for clients who qualify. Over the phone interviews are being conducted for qualification. Depending on the most immediate need, some applicants may be referred to our partner agencies for support. (link to application for help)
Agency Services- During COVID-19, we opened Community Investment Grants for agencies that work directly with relief during these trying times. The Community Investment Panel approved COVID-19 assistance to Cary Christian Center, Christian Volunteer Services, Community Council, Grace Christian Counseling Center, The Salvation Army, YMCA, Extra Table, and The Storehouse Community Food Pantry, Good Shepherd, Jacob's Ladder, Mtn. of Faith Ministeries and The Warren County Children's Shelter.. These partnerships provided additional support to feeding programs, mental health services, child care programs, and utility/rental assistance
Health Professionals Support- Our health care professionals are on the front-lines and keeping us safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We were able to provide a hot meal to different shifts at our local hospital, Merit Health River Region.
100% of Disaster Relief funds are used on Disaster Relief. United Way is very transparent with funds raised. (link to web)

MS. Reads One Book
Every 2nd through 5th grade student at VWSD received a free copy of Fenway and Hattie. Students were introduced to the book by Mayor Flaggs. "I believe reading and writing are the most important tools, you should read as much and as often as you can", encouraged Flaggs.
The Make a Promise Drug Free Coalition held Trunk or Treat at the Outlets at Vicksburg on Tuesday, October 27th. Several of our agencies participated in new Fun ways. It was a drive thru! Over 800 princesses, paw patrols and goblins enjoyed this new format.
This group of young people selects a United Way agency each month to learn about and then develop a service project. October's agency was The Warren County Children's Shelter. The committee encouraged teens across the community to design posters and envelopes with uplifting messages for the children at the shelter. The response was so great, they had to expand the number of nights for drop off. 485 posters were delivered to Daniel Wilson, Director of The Warren County Children's Shelter.

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