Making an impact: About United Way
United Way of North Central Mississippi
• Established in 1974.
• Serves Oktibbeha, Winston, Choctaw and Webster counties.
• Supports 18 local agencies.
• 2011 Campaign Goal — $350,000
• Staff — Executive Director Nikki Rives and Administrative Assistant Sarah Davis
• Board members — Robert Clark (president), Robert Cadenhead (treasurer), Leslie Corey (past president), Margo Swain, Loren “Bo” Bell, Cindy Marsh, Jay Murphy, Harriet Laird, Walter Gonsoulin, Vera Self, Brian Hawkins, Janice Muzzi, Lynda McReynolds, Jennifer Gregory, Robyn Cain, Pam Jones, Donna Rupp, Lynne Richardson, Ann Carr, Lindsey Wiseman, Nicole Medeiros, Natalie Langston, Lynn Shurden, Mandee Lewis, Stacy Robertson, Allison Pearson, Dwayne Stone, Jennifer Lanier
Agencies receiving local United Way funding
• American Red Cross.
• Area Agency on Aging/ Fellowship Foods/Homemaker Service.
• Boy Scouts of America.
• Boys and Girls Club of Oktibbeha County.
• Brickfire Project.
• CONTACT Helpline.
• The Father’s Child Ministries.
• 4-H Clubs.
• Girl Scouts of Northeast Mississippi.
• Habitat for Humanity.
• Helping Hands Ministries of Oktibbeha County.
• North Mississippi Kidney Foundation.
• Oktibbeha County Humane Society.
• Prairie Opportunity Inc.
• Recovery House Inc.
• Salvation Army.
• Safe Haven/The Rape Crisis Center.
• Sally Kate Winters Family Services.
United Way dollars at work in 2009
• 753 homebound elderly had more than 195,000 meals delivered to them by the Area Agency on Aging.
• 1,336 crisis and listening calls were handled and more than 16,000 reassurance calls were made to elderly and disabled individuals by trained Contact Helpline volunteers.
• 1,642 youth received training in leadership and life skills through the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and 4-H Clubs.
• 678 people received emergency food assistance from the Salvation Army.
• 635 children participated in after school programs and social and cultural activities through the Boys and Girls Club and the Brickfire Project.
• 115 victims of rape, sexual assault and child abuse received counseling and other services through Safe Haven and the Sally Kate Winters Family Services.
• 251 people received financial assistance to meet basic needs such as rent and utility costs from the Salvation Army, Prairie Opportunity or Helping Hands Ministries of Oktibbeha County.