United Way needs are up

There are always people in need and that means Chickasaw County needs United Way now more than ever.
United Way provided $115,719 of assistance to 33 agencies serving people from Chickasaw County last year and those agencies have requested roughly $177,650 this year.
“Our goal this year is $2.3 million for United Way of North Mississippi,” said Shelia McCool, United Way representative for Chickasaw County. “We have raised roughly $2 million and are urging people not to forget United Way this Christmas season.”
McCool said it is no secret that donation are down and needs are up.
“We are at 95-percent of our goal and people can still give to United Way through January,” said McCool. “United Way has a long history in Northeast Mississippi and I have high hopes we will meet our goal by Christmas.”
The Chickasaw County United Way Allocation Committee met last week to begin the process of deciding the level of funding agencies will get.
“The Allocation Committee is the heart of United Way,” said McCool. “These are people from your community who know the local need, they know these agencies and they decide where the dollars go.”
McCool pointed out United Way donations raised in Chickasaw County are dispersed by the Chickasaw County Allocation Committee to the 33 agencies making requests.
McCool said only 1 percent of United Way donations go to administration and the rest is dispersed to local agencies.
Agencies on this year’s list are; American Red Cross, Autism Center of Tupelo, Boys amp& Girls Clubs of North MS, CATCH Kids, COPES – CDF Charities Inc., EXCEL Inc., Faith Haven, Family Resource Center of NEMS, Gardner-Simons Home for Girls, Girls Scouts, Habitat for Humanity of Houston, Hardin House, Hope Family Ministries, LIFE of Mississippi, Mission Okolona, NCADD, NMMC Camp Breathe EZZZE, NMMC Cancer Patient Fund, NMMC Diabetes Assistance Fund, NMMC Heart Patient Assistance Fund, NMMC Hospice Patient Assistance Fund, NMMC Social Work Patient Fund, North MS Kidney Foundation, Okolona Dollars for Scholars, Parkgate Pregnancy Clinic, Regional Rehabilitation Center, S.A.F.E., Sally Kate Winters Family Services, Salvation Army of Chickasaw County, Special Ed Bowling League, Survival Inc., Weston Reed Foundation and Women First.
The United Way 2011 Fundraising Campaign will close out in late January and the Allocation Committee will meet at that time to distribute funds. The deadline to request funds from United Way of Chickasaw County was Nov. 2.

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