Welcome to the United Way of Northeast Mississippi Week of Caring 2022! Each day this week we will have activities and volunteer opportunities to highlight the work we and our partners are doing across our 8 counties.
Please join us Monday, September 19 at 11:00 a.m. at the CDF Boardroom (398 E. Main St., Tupelo) for a press conference and special announcements about United Way and details for the week. Each day’s activities have a theme related to one or more of our Community Initiatives. You can also view related volunteer opportunities on the Volunteer Northeast Mississippi hub related to each day.
We will stream the press conference live on our Facebook page.
Women United lunch & learn with a focus on special learning needs. Women are invited to join us for the free lunch & learn at St. Luke United Methodist Church from 11:30 to 1:00. Please RSVP by emailing Julia Monts at firstname.lastname@example.org
At 5:45 p.m., Women United will volunteer with The Shine Foundation’s Challenger League softball at Ballard Park. Please let Julia know if you will attend.
Check out the following volunteer opportunities from Volunteer Northeast Mississippi related to education and special needs:
- Association for Excellence in Education needs Innovative Grant Reviewers.
- The Iuka Heritage Day festival is on September 3rd, 2022. It will be a day of arts and crafts, car shows, living histories of the Battle of Iuka, and food vendors. Volunteers are needed to help share and preserve the Heritage of Iuka!
- Learn more about the theatre and the arts by volunteering as an usher at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts!
- The Chickasaw Inkana Foundation Legacy Awards Gala annual affair celebrates Native American life, history, and culture, but, more importantly, it recognizes distinguished community leaders with the Chickasaw Leadership Legacy Award. This award honors those individuals who excel in philanthropic endeavors, community service, political affairs, and military service and whose illustrious careers and lives exemplify and uphold the CIF’s mission and the Chickasaw Nation’s core values. Volunteers are needed to make the night a success.
- El Centro, Inc. is looking for volunteers to help with chess club, ESL, and after-school tutoring.
- Lee County 4-H needs teen leader volunteers.
- Prentiss County 4-H is always ready to welcome new members and volunteers to any of our clubs. If you participated with us previously, please come back and revamp old clubs.
- April’s Angels could use help sprucing up the handicapped playground at IAC.
- Tupelo Community Theatre needs ushers! You can be a part of the arts for free.
- Lee County 4-H is looking for a volunteer willing to help teach a Photography club. This would be a brand new club that we are trying to start due to the tremendous amount of interest that we have had in this project area. Being good with kids/youth is a must!
- The Oren Dunn Museum and the Gum Tree Museum of Art each have several volunteer needs.
- Be one of the troop co-leaders that supports her every week—the one that watches her smile get bigger as she grows more confident. Mentor a Girl Scout Cookie Professional during cookie season so she can earn enough to reach the goals she and her troop set. Or work with other adults to provide the kind of behind-the-scenes support that makes it possible for her to make unforgettable new memories at Girl Scouts. Volunteering with Girl Scouts is flexible and fun whether you give a few hours, a few weeks, or a few months.
- Sally Kate Winters Family Services needs help with tutoring/reading weekly, monthly, or as needed.
The Hunger Coalition of Northeast Mississippi and Volunteer Northeast Mississippi are focusing on weekend backpack programs in schools across the 8 counties served by United Way of Northeast Mississippi. Community members or churches interested in supporting these programs can contact Kim Rushing, director of Volunteer Northeast Mississippi, for more information at email@example.com
These are some of the other volunteer opportunities related to food insecurity in our region:
Thursday’s focus is on mental health with the Northeast Mississippi Health Alliance. Follow United Way and the Health Alliance on social media for videos throughout the day focused on finding mental health resources and learning methods for mindfulness and self-care.
The following volunteer opportunities are available for organizations related to health in our region:
Week of Caring culminates Friday with Tailgate in a Box, a fundraiser by Groundswell, the under-40 affinity group of United Way of Northeast Mississippi, with proceeds benefiting the Early Childhood Coalition. The fundraiser will help expand early childhood services in Chickasaw County and provide books and other resources for early learning in the region.
Boxes can be purchased at groundswellnems.org/tailgate through September 16 or when all 150 are sold. Pickup will be Friday evening at locations in Tupelo, New Albany, and Amory.
Thank you to each individual and organization who gave in 2021 to make the work of United Way of Northeast Mississippi possible!