Renasant's Kory Hunter Chosen as 2020 Campaign Chair
Kory Hunter is continuing a legacy of philanthropy and community service that was taught to her from an early age.

“My parents and grandparents were always such an example that you should always help those around you. They were active with the Salvation Army, Sanctuary Hospice, Helping Hands and other organizations in our community. I aspire to continue that tradition,” said Hunter.

She has been chosen to chair this year’s United Way fundraising campaign because of her strong commitment to the organization and her willingness to work hard on behalf of the community.
COVID-19 Update
We have continued to work with the CREATE Foundation to support our neighbors who have been impacted by COVID-19. To date, over $400,000 has been raised and distributed across our region. That includes:
  • direct assistance to hundreds of families for food, formula, diapers, medications, rent, and utilities
  • grants to food pantries and hot meals programs to serve the increased need
  • over 1,500 meals for healthcare workers through Feeding the Frontline
  • support for local restaurants by purchasing Feeding the Frontline meals and providing increased business
  • purchasing thermometers for our partner agencies to assist in safely re-opening

Some of our partners in this effort have shared how these partnerships have helped us all serve those impacted in our region. Follow us on Facebook to see more messages as they are posted.

David Wilson, North Mississippi Medical Center
Major Whitney Morton, The Salvation Army
Jason Martin, Tupelo/Lee County Hunger Coalition
Individuals and families in need of assistance with utilities or very limited rent assistance can apply at unitedwaynems.org/covid19app while the current round of funding lasts.

We thank our partners at The Salvation Army, S.A.F.E., Inc., and Excel, Inc. for providing intake and processing for these applications.

Back 2 School Project
We are continuing to accept donations toward the purchase of school supplies for pre-K through 6th grade students throughout our 8 counties.

We know that many families have been affected by the economic impacts of the pandemic, and we anticipate the need for Back 2 School help being even greater than usual. As we did last year, we will purchase these supplies in bulk and deliver them directly to the elementary schools where they can be used by the students who need them.

To help with this effort, visit unitedwaynems.org/b2s
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