Community Wishbook





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Welcome to the Community Wishbook. This tool allows you to become more aware of the needs in the local nonprofit community by identifying items needed to run the day-to-day operations of an organization that may not be funded by grants. This document lists profiles of nonprofits working in our community by different areas of focus. Being listed in this Wishbook does not constitute an endorsement by the Community Foundation. We encourage you to contact the organization to learn more about their work.








ALS Association
Kelly Viator
Executive Director
Baton Rouge, LA
225-343-9880
Kelli.Richmond@alsalams.org
www.alsalams.org

Mission: To lead the fight to cure and treat ALS through global, cutting-edge research, and to empower people with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.

Population served: Those diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families in the states of Louisiana and Mississippi.

Needs:

  • Durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, manual and power, bathroom equipment such as roll in shower chairs, hospital beds, walkers, and nutritional supplements such as Ensure, Boost, Jevity.

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American Cancer Society
Scherry Gilliland, CFRE    
Executive Director
Jackson, MS   
601-954-8389
Scherry.Gilliland@cancer.org
www.cancer.org

Mission: The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and services.

Population served: Metro Jackson cancer patients and their caregivers.

Needs:

  • Funding to provide research, education, and service.
  • Volunteers to provide our programs and services to cancer patients and their caregivers.
  • Volunteers to raise funds and awareness through our "Relay for Life" events.

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American Lung Association
Merle Eldridge
Executive Director
Jackson, MS   
601-206-5810
meldridge@breathehealthy.org
www.breathehealthy.org

Mission: The American Lung Association is dedicated to the prevention, control and cure of lung disease, the third leading cause of death in the United States. We work to prevent, control and cure lung diseases such as asthma, lung cancer, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, influenza and pneumonia, and we fight for tobacco control and clean air through education, research and advocacy.

Population served: Statewide

Needs:

  • Funding for continued research, education, and advocacy.
  • Volunteers to raise funds and awareness through our annual Fight for Air Climb.
  • Funding to provide sustainability and expansion of existing health promotion programs
  • In-kind contributions • Sponsors for events and programs

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Arc of Mississippi     
Matt Nalker    
Jackson, MS   
601-982-1180
www.arcms.org

Mission: To secure for all people with cognitive disabilities the opportunity to choose and realize their goals of where and how they learn, live, work and play.

Population served: Individuals of all ages with cognitive and related developmental disabilities and their families and caregivers.

Needs:

  • Updated computer equipment and programs funding for education department  
  • Funding for public awareness campaign
  • Funding for respite program
  • Funding to purchase building in future
  • Computers
  • Materials for community resource library

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Ballet Magnificat!     
Keith Thibodeaux, Executive Director
Jackson, MS   
601-977-1001

Population Served:
Local, national, and international dance for ages 3 – Adult.   

Needs:

  • Local production sponsors
  • New dance flooring
  • Light, sound and production equipment
  • Tour bus
  • New building with 8 dance studios

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Belhaven College      
Sherry Murphy Chance, Assistant Vice President and Regional Advancement Officer
Jackson, MS   
601-906-5901
smurphychance@belhaven.edu
www.belhaven.edu

Mission: To help prepare men and women to serve Christ Jesus in their careers, in human relationships, and in the world of ideas.

Population served: Undergraduate and graduate traditional students (18-22) and adult students desiring to receive a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree.

Needs:

  • Ongoing funding of Annual Scholarship Plan
  • Funding to remodel science and chemistry classrooms and labs

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Bethany Christian Services of Mississippi
Karen P. Stewart         
Jackson, MS   
601-366-4282

Population served: Women with unplanned pregnancies, children and families seeking adoption. Provides pregnancy counseling and adoption services.

Needs:

  • New copy machine
  • DVD player     
  • Fireproof cabinet
  • New office furniture (desk, loveseat, chairs)

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mississippi
Joel Waters
Jackson, MS
601-961-9286
www.bbbsms.org

Mission: To provide children and youth with a supportive and meaningful relationship with a caring volunteer.

Population served: Children between the ages of 5 and 15.

Needs:

  • 5 Computers
  • Operating support

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Boys and Girls Club of Central Miss.
Billy Redd       
Jackson, MS   
601-969-7088
www.bgccm.net

Mission: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Population served: At-risk inner-city youth ages 6-18 who live in neighborhoods around six area clubs in Jackson, Bolton and Canton.

Needs:

  • Operating expenses (programming and utilities)
  • Funding of capital improvement projects (Teen Center at Sykes Unit, new facility in Canton, buses and vans)
  • Endowments for all clubs

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The Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
Very Reverend Jeffrey Waldrep
Jackson, MS   
601-969-3125
info@catheralsaintpeter.org

Population served: Citizens of Jackson

Description: The beautiful and historic Cathedral building was completed at the corner of West and Amite Street on Pentecost Sunday in the year 1900. Extensive renovations are ongoing to repair, stabilize and restore the building. This project is dependent on anyone interested in preserving the history of Jackson.

Needs:

  • Monetary donations to the Cathedral Renovation

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Catholic Charities, Inc.         
Greg Patin       
Jackson, MS   
601-355-8634

Population served: Individuals, families, and children

Needs:

  • Funding for program enhancement
  • Volunteers
  • Vans and buses
  • Foster families
  • Hygiene kits for women and children survivors of domestic abuse or sexual assault

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Center for Violence Prevention       
Sandy Middleton         
Pearl, MS        
601-932-4198

Population served: Victims of domestic violence. Provides shelter service, crisis line, therapy, case management, job placement and housing assistance. 

Needs:

  • Funding to enhance victim services (increase in domestic cases)
  • Funding to increase victim and offender services in rural counties
  • Funding to enrich Children’s Services Program

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Central Jackson Soccer Organization
Alden Brooks
Jackson, MS
601-366-8889

Mission: To offer and teach sportsmanship, discipline, leadership, teamwork, and physical conditioning through the playing and promotion of soccer.

Population served: Youth ages 4-18. Provides services for children to compete at a recreational and competitive level.

Needs:

  • Financial support
  • Opportunity to be observed by college coaches
  • Lights and restroom facilities for fields

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Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Society
Ina Crowe       
Brandon, MS  
601-397-3696

Population served: Families and individuals with Down Syndrome.

Needs:

  • Funds to educate and train direct service personnel to enhance independent living skills training 
  • Expansion of programs in schools to educate teachers and children about children with DS and how to include them in the school setting

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Central Mississippi Operation Unlock, Inc.
Fredia Day      
Canton, MS    
601-859-2427
www.cmoui.org

Mission: To create a safe environment for children of incarcerated parents; to help them learn effective coping skills and develop competencies to prepare them for a productive future.

Population served: At-risk children and youth ages 8-18 affected by incarceration in the city of Canton.

Needs:

  • Funding for staff
  • Program materials
  • Community house to provide after-school and summer enrichment services

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Children's Justice Center-UMMC  
Elizabeth Hocker
Jackson, MS   
601-815-0115

Mission: To provide medical examinations and treatment for physically abused, neglected, or sexually abused children, ages birth to 18.

Needs:

  • Laptop and printer
  • Digital video camera
  • Digital camera and scanner
  • Gooseneck lamp
  • Power Point projector 
  • Specialized examination bed for children with knee/leg supports

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Common Bond Association
Billy Davis
Jackson, MS
601-709-4322
www.commonbondassociation.org

Mission: Common Bond is a faith-based, non-profit, residential treatment center for veterans and non-veterans with addictions. It exists to help clients rebuild whole, sober, and productive lives by providing an environment of hope and healing, and by operating programs of excellence at an affordable cost to meet their needs for drug and alcohol treatment, including food, shelter, life skills training and transition to independent living.

Population served: Men 18 and older with alcohol and/or drug addictions. Provides 28-45 days of primary intensive in-patient treatment and off-campus night 12-step groups, and 6 months to 2 years of secondary treatment.

Needs:

  • New beds for entire campus
  • New mattresses
  • Bed linens, towels, wash cloths
  • 5 computers
  • Completion of renovations in two houses
  • Scholarships for maintaining four homeless clients ($33,580)
  • Funding for food costs

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Community Outreach, Resources & Educational Service (CORE)
Sandra L. Hodge
Jackson, MS
601-987-0018

Mission: To improve the quality of life for families by establishing strong communities, ensuring social and economic justice, and creating pathways out of poverty through community services, asset-building, and leadership development.

Population served: At-risk youth, high-risk youth, families and children, and rural communities. Provides family preservation, prevention/intervention, addresses youth obesity, youth tobacco prevention, early childhood development and literacy, community planning and development, and community partnership and service networking.

Needs:

  • Support for youth obesity promotion and awareness
  • Community needs assessment and community specialist (Jackson Midtown area)
  • Part-time program specialist
  • Three computers for technology lab
  • Academic software
  • Donor relations software
  • Annual Campaign development
  • Building/office in Midtown Jackson
  • Literacy coaches
  • Recreational center in Midtown Jackson
  • Food pantry and clothing closet

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Community Place
Michelle Daniel
Jackson, MS
601-948-7506
www.visitcommunityplace.org

Mission: To compassionately serve our residents with dignity, while promoting quality care in a comfortable environment.

Population served: Elders on Medicare and Medicaid through short-term rehabilitation and long-term care.

Needs:

  • Personal toiletries including adult diapers.
  • Blender, digital camera, compact disks, costume jewelry, scarves, and games.
  • Clothing including housecoats, pajamas, socks, and sweat suits.
  • Winter clothing.
  • Sanitary items such as Kleenex, lotion, and hand soap.
  • Beauty shop supplies, pictures, magazines.
  • Radios, CD Players, movies, and music.
  • Wheelchairs.

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CONTACT the Crisis Line  
Peter Meyers, President
Dorothy Triplett, Vice President           
Jackson, MS   
601-713-4099 (ofc)
601-713-4357 (24-hour crisis line)

Population served: Troubled callers from principally within the Jackson local dialing area and the Pike and Warren County areas.

Needs:

  • Financial support for volunteer training materials
  • Sponsorship of the Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention program being offered to community-based organizations 
  • Volunteer crisis line counselors

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Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi     
Julia Daily        
Ridgeland, MS
601-856-7546

Population Served:
Youth, adults, children/youth with disabilities. Provides educational workshops, classes, fine craft gallery, museum, arts advocacy, events, and exhibits.

Needs:

  • Volunteers
  • Funding for programming
  • Landscape beautification
  • Scholarships/fellowships for artisans     
  • Endowment

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Crossroads Community Center
Dock S Cooper III
Jackson, MS
601-321-9905
www.crossroadsjxn.org

Mission: Meet the demands of the cultural diversity in Jackson, MS through programs that enhance health and wellness, after school instruction for primary and middle school children and one-on-one tutoring, and mentoring in moral social values.

Population served: Middle school and elementary students from Chastain and Boyd. They are in the Fondren area of Jackson. So far, we have served over 300 students.

Needs:

  • Volunteers for the mentoring sessions
  • Volunteers for the sports components
  • Supplies for the basketball and the soccer teams
  • Nutritional snacks for the students in mentor program
  • Materials for the art classes offered
  • Materials for the drama classes offered
  • Uniforms for the sports teams
  • Capital investment in vehicles to bring the elementary mentor group to the facility

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Downtown Jackson CDC
Velma Tate
Jackson, MS
601-352-8800
www.downtownjackson.com

Mission: To provide quality services and opportunities to enrich lives and meet communities and individual needs through educational training, environmental, leisure and community-based activities.

Population served: Families with small children, teens, and senior citizens. Provide summer and after-school care, job development and placement.
Needs:

  • Computers and printers
  • Pencils, papers, markers, primary tablets
  • Indoor and outdoor games
  • Van for transportation
  • Downtown office space

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Downtown Jackson Partners
Ben Allen        
Jackson, MS   
601-353-9800

Mission: To work with stakeholders to implement improvement projects to enhance the downtown Jackson area.

Needs:

  • Identify and attract new partners in small rehab projects
  • Develop an incentive program to encourage more out of state developers

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DREAM        
Glenda Crump
Jackson, MS   
601-933-9199

Mission: To prevent youth substance abuse and promote healthy life styles.

Population served: Youth and adults.

Needs:

  • Volunteers
  • Funding for evaluations
  • Training facility that can support large groups 
  • Marketing director

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Dress for Success Metro Jackson   
Pat Chambliss
Jackson, MS   
601-985-9888

Population served: Low income women and women transitioning back into the workforce.

Needs:

  • Interview appropriate attire (especially plus sizes)
  • Volunteers
  • Paper and ink for printer and copiers
  • Computers and current software
  • Motivational speakers and sponsors for PWG meetings
  • Board members
  • Long-term sponsorships

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Elementary Division of Mississippi Music Educators        
Dorothy Brasfield, Executive Director  
Edwards, MS  
601-852-4510

Mission: To promote excellence in music teaching in schools and communities. Targets students in grades K-6.           

Needs:

  • Adult volunteers
  • Funding to support artists for productions 

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The Elijah Lovejoy Society 
Dr. Robert W. Tabscott         
St. Louis, MO   
314-968-5009

Mission: Education, racial reconciliation, community board education. The organization works to provide basic multicultural education programs for school children on health-related issues and racial reconciliation. It serves as resource consultants to the Bower Foundation, Millsaps College, and the William Winter Institute at Ole Miss.
Population served: Missouri and Illinois, Jackson, MS-Hinds County
Needs:

  • Funding for a multicultural educational website
  • Research and development of multicultural programs for teacher training and school programs
  • Continued expansion of website

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Gateway Rescue Mission    
Rex W. Baker 
Jackson, MS   
601-353-5864
www.gatewaymission.org

Mission: To offer life changing hope through the Gospel of Jesus Christ to homeless men, women, and children through programs to deliver food, shelter, counseling and discipleship.

Population served: Homeless men, women, and children

Needs:

  • Office furniture
  • Tables, computers, chairs for Community Center
  • Stainless steel countertop material for kitchen
  • Covered area for clients to gather under while waiting to eat

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Genesis and Light Center    
Albert Wilson  
Jackson, MS   
601-362-6736
Mission: To provide services to low income children and families in the Broadmoor, Georgetown, and Virden Addition communities in Hinds County.
Needs:

  • Board games, snacks, educational computer games
  • Playstation II games
  • Ink cartridges for HP 3390, HP 2840, and Oki C5500 printers
  • School supplies
  • Building
  • Grant-writers
  • Monetary donations

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Girl Scout Council of Middle Mississippi
Tina Rose Crump        
Jackson, MS   
601-366-0607

Population served: Girls, grades K – 12, in 24 central, southwestern Mississippi counties.

Needs:

  • Funding to support programming and facility enhancements
  • Volunteers to work directly with girls
  • General operating income
  • Metro Girl Program Center
  • New Metro Service Center or extensive remodeling of current facility

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Grace House 
H. Trey Mangum         
Jackson, MS   
601-353-1038
Transitional housing shelter for men and women living with HIV/AIDS.

Needs:

  • Paper & cleaning supplies
  • Towels
  • Men's razors
  • Laundry detergent
  • Furniture items
  • Transportation needs   
Renovation of housing structure for group living

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Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation

Vigi Lindsay

Jackson, MS

601-352-8850

Mission: The GBNF focuses on historic preservation, economic and community development, green space enhancement, preservation, and improvements to commercial and residential properties.

Population Served: 2000 households of other people who travel in the downtown area and use our neighborhood amenities, including three urban neighborhood parks.

Needs:

  • Restoration of Belhaven Park on Poplar and Kenwood Streets where $30,000-$50,000 is needed to complete interior landscaping and performance spaces
  • Maintenance of Belhaven Park and Laurel Street Park ($20,000 per year)
  • Support for the Belhaven Market

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Habitat for Humanity/Metro Jackson         
Cindy Griffin    
Jackson, MS   
601-353-6060

Population Served: Low income families in metro Jackson area in need of better housing.

Needs:

  • Covenant sponsors and volunteer groups for Park View Place Development.
  • Funding to cover operation costs          
  • Nehemiah project phase II build

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Henley Young Juvenile Justice Center
Art Therapy Program           
Hinds County Board of Supervisors
Amy Brooks, Art Therapist      
Jackson, MS

Population served: Adolescent male and female detainees.

Needs:

  • Funding for art supplies
  • Long-term operational support

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Hinds Community College Development Foundation
Jackie Granberry
Raymond, MS
601-857-3800

Population served: Students in Hinds Community College District, normally between the ages of 18 to 35.

Needs:

  • Funds for student scholarships and faculty development
  • Endowment for student scholarships and faculty development

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Hinds County Sheriff's Department
Expressive Art Program       
Sheriff Malcolm McMillan/ Amy Brooks, Art Therapist
Jackson, MS   
601-974-2911

Population served: Adult female detainees

Needs:

  • Funds for art supplies
  • Long-term operational support

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In His Steps Ministries        
Jasper Bacon
Canton, MS    
601-859-5708

Population served: At-risk children, juvenile offenders and their families in the Canton, MS area.


Needs:

  • Sponsorships for students participating in after-school tutoring program ($100 each)
  • PowerPoint Projector
  • Sound Equipment for Multipurpose Room
  • After School Volunteers
  • Smart board for classroom

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Innovative Behavioral Services, Inc.
Dorothy J.McGill, PhD
Ridgeland, MS
601-952-0894

Population served: Children and adults between ages of 5 to elderly who have behavioral health, alcohol, substance abuse, and mental health issues.

Needs:

  • Funding to assist those unable to pay for services
  • Funding to pay and retain qualified staff

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International Museum of Muslim Cultures (IMMC)
Okolo Rashid, Executive Director
601-960-0440

Mission:Our mission is to educate the American public about Islamic history and culture and the contributions that diverse Muslim communities have made to the world. Our aim is to serve as an educational resource for teaching global consciousness, historical literacy, and multicultural appreciation.

Needs:

  • Computers
  • Office Supplies
  • File Cabinets

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Jackson Medical Mall Foundation  
Primus Wheeler           
Jackson, MS   
601-982-8467

Mission: To foster a holistic approach to healthcare and promote economic and community development in the Jackson Medical Mall District.

Population served: Children, youth, teens, and very low to moderate income families and senior citizens.

Needs:

  • Funding for transportation for Give Kids a Smile dental initiative
  • Funding for marketing needs
  • Scholarship funds
  • Winter clothing for needy families
  • Continued funding for health care and housing needs, marketing needs, and down payment assistance for low income families, particularly female-headed households

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Jackson Public School District (JPS)
Dr. Lonnie J. Edwards, Sr.
Jackson, MS
601-960-8700
www.jackson.k12.ms

Mission: Jackson Public Schools, an innovative urban district committed to excellence, will provide every student a quality education in partnership with parents and the community.

Population served: Nearly 32,000 students in grades Pre-K through 12. JPS provides free educational opportunities as a public education institution accredited by the Mississippi Department of Education. JPS also provides counseling, social and health services through publicly funded and collaborative volunteer programs.

Needs:

  • Mentors for students
  • Classroom technology items
  • Curriculum support and materials
  • Library books/media
  • Tutoring
  • Extended school hours programs
  • Middle and high school art department materials
  • Training and development for volunteers
  • Teacher recruitment support
  • Funding to support dropout prevention and dropout recovery programs
  • Social workers and mental health professionals
  • Student transition programs
  • NCLB academic standards
  • Community involvement programs
  • Playgrounds and athletic fields

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Jackson Zoological Society, Inc.      
Beth Poff         
Jackson, MS   
601-352-2580

Population served: Serves 200,000 visitors annually, with 47% from Jackson area, 43% from other counties and 10% out-of-state

Needs:

  • Updated computer and technical equipment
  • Funding for renovation/repairs to exhibits
  • Funding for additional education of staff
  • Endowment
  • New exhibits
  • Master planning process

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Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Valerie Linn
Jackson, MS   
601-981-1184

Population served: All persons living with diabetes

Needs:

  • Office Volunteers

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Keep Jackson Beautiful, Inc.           
Marsha Hobson           
Jackson, MS   
601-366-4842

Needs:

  • Professional fund raiser
  • New computer equipment for presentations
  • support materials for educational presentations
  • Safety vests and refreshments for volunteers
  • Trees for planting in public areas and R.O.W.s
  • Assistance with revision of zoning & ordinance laws pertaining to litter, grafitti, etc.

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Kindness is Donating Sound (KIDS)
Bette Shornick
Jackson, MS
601-XXX-XXXX

Mission: To provide musical instruments to needy children.

Population served: Public school children in Mississippi.

Needs:

  • All types of musical instruments in any condition.
  • Volunteers to repair and deliver musical instruments.

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The Little Light House of Central Mississippi
Maureen Harbinson
Jackson, MS
601-829-3446
llh4kids@gmail.com
www.llhms.org

Mission: The Little Light House is a Christian Developmental Center, serving young children with special needs, from birth through the age of six with highly individualized educational and therapeutic services in a loving environment without tuition requirements.

Population served: Children with disabilities birth through six years of age.

Needs:

  • In-kind contributions
  • Sponsors for events
  • Operating funds
  • Capital for a building

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Living Independence for Everyone (LIFE)
Christy Dunaway
Jackson, MS
601-969-4009
www.lifeofms.com

Mission: To empower individuals with disabilities in their efforts to live independently in their own homes and communities.

Population served: Individuals with disabilities, of any age throughout the state of Mississippi.

Needs:

  • Materials for home modifications
  • Gifts for retreat participants (t-shirts, games, etc.)
  • Donation of food products
  • Matching grants
  • Operating support

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Lutheran Episcopal Services in Mississippi
Michael Huseth, Executive Director
Jackson, MS
601-352-7125

Mission: Guided by Christ’s love and grace, Lutheran Episcopal Services in Mississippi serves to bring dignity, healing, justice, hope, and encouragement to all people.

Population served: Katrina and other natural disaster survivors in Mississippi in federally designated disasters; academically at-risk children in high poverty areas in Mississippi; incarcerated persons in MS prisons and their children; families of those who are incarcerated; chemically dependent, homeless women in Central Mississippi.

Needs:

  • Volunteers to assist with Storybook Program (visit prisons with LESM staff and assist selected incarcerated women and men in choosing, reading, and recording books for their children and grandchildren)
  • Volunteers to assist in rebuilding homes on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

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Magnolia Speech School
Anne Sullivan
Jackson, MS
601-922-5530
www.magnoliaspeechschool.org

Mission: To enable children with hearing loss or language disorders to listen and understand, to speak and be understood and to read, learn, and thrive.

Population served: Low to moderate income families and children from birth to 8th grade.

Needs:

  • Instructional materials
  • Volunteers
  • Technological equipment
  • Funds for scholarships
  • Donations for the new Hackett-Bower Auditory Clinic

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The McCoy House
Denise Marsters, Founder/CEO
601-946-0578
Email: info@themccoyhouse.com
www.themccoyhouse.com

Mission: Our mission is to offer a safe and healthy environment for women who are willing to go the extra mile to achieve sobriety. The McCoy House is dedicated to transitioning women back to their children, families, careers and education. Addictions are at the root of many of our social difficulties. The McCoy House is committed to targeting the addiction to better the solution of breaking the cycles and building lives.

Population served: All major treatment centers in Mississippi.

Needs:

  • Full time house manager.
  • Outdoor storage shed.
  • Renovation of garage to all-purpose room.
  • Security fence.
  • Renovation of downstairs bathroom.
  • 2 tankless water heaters.
  • Removal of dead trees, threatening the house.
  • Volunteers for events & seasonal needs.
  • Minor house maintance/painting.
  • Purchase of adjacent property to expand The McCoy House services.The only privately owned transitional home for women in state of Mississippi.

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Methodist Senior Services - Riggs Manor
Kay Higgonbotham
Raymond, MS
601-857-5011
riggsmanor@mss.org
www.mss.org

Mission: Serving older adults in the spirit of Christian love.

Population served: Adults 62 +.

Description: Providing independent living apartments, assisted living studios and assisted living memory care in our Green House Homes.

Needs:

  • Lift Chairs
  • Volunteers for bingo, ceramics, etc.

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Mission Mississippi  
Neddie Winters           
Jackson, MS   
601-353-6477

Mission: To offer the statewide Christian community the opportunity to build relationships across racial and denominational lines in a non-threatening environment.

Needs:

  • Website design
  • Staff
  • Chapter Development throughout the State

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Mississippi Blood Services, Inc.      
Carol Trevathan, M.S.
Flowood, MS
601-981-2696
www.msblood.com

Mission: To collect, process and distribute blood and blood products to area hospitals and provide educational programming for blood bank professionals statewide.

Population served: Serves hospitals in Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties and others throughout the state.

Needs:

  • Honor or memorialize family and friends with an engraved brick ($50) which will be displayed on the beautiful brick pavilion encircling the Main Center entrance
  • Honor or memorialize family and friends with a brass leaf on the Tree of Life ($150) displayed in the Main Foyer-birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas gift
  • Funds to support the MBS Buddy Children’s Program given free to area school children-$5,000 to support the purchase of a new character costume and educational materials
  • Funds to support Mobile Services- we are securing funds to purchase a new Donor Coach through the Build-A-Coach Campaign- 70% of all blood collected is through our mobile drives

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Mississippi Boychoir
Margaret Ewing Thomas, Executive Director
Hattiesburg, MS          
601-554-3222
www.mississippiboychoir.org

Population Served:
Musically talented boys in the areas around Jackson and Hattiesburg.

Needs:

  • Funding to cover expenses for Jackson area concerts   
  • Scholarships for boys who cannot afford choir fees
  • Choir members
  • Endowment gifts 
  • Office space and equipment

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Mississippi Center for Nonprofits   
Joseph Donovan
Jackson, MS   
601-968-0061

Statewide association to help nonprofits operate legally, efficiently and effectively.         

Needs:

  • Volunteers
  • Funds for operations
  • Office space
  • Office equipment

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Mississippi Center for Public Policy
Forest Thigpen
Jackson, MS   
601-969-1300

Mission: To research public policy issues and dispense information to policy makers, business leaders, media, and the general public.

Needs:

  • Administrative support
  • Building renovation
  • Additional research personnel

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Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Fran Baker
P.O. Box 4703
Jackson, Mississippi 39296
601-981-9196
www.mcadv.org

Mission: The Mission of the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence is to bring about social change through advocacy for victims, technical assistance for member shelters, and promoting awareness within communities through Mississippi.

Population served: All victims of Domestic, Family, and Dating Violence within Mississippi

Needs:

  • Like minded people to support victims of Domestic, Family, and Dating Violence.
  • Funds to support administrative costs relating to coalition building for Mississippi DV shelters.
  • Opportunities for joint fund raising activities with other community organizations with similar missions.

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MS Faith Based Coalition for Community Renewal, Inc.  
Jacqueline Johnson      
Jackson, MS   
(601) 346-5950

Population served: Statewide rural and metropolitan communities.

Needs:

  • Funds for youth programs in the Jackson and gulf coast area
  • Foreclosure prevention funds
  • Down payment assistance funds for first time home buyers        
  • Housing Development Training – Community Revitalization tools
  • Youth service funds and technical equipment for computer centers

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Mississippi Food Network   
Walker Satterwhite  
Marilyn Blackledge, Development Director
Jackson, MS   
601-973-7080
www.msfoodnet.org

Population served: Individuals in Mississippi facing hunger and/or food insecurity.

Needs:

  • Funding to help purchase food and/or pay transportation costs for donated food
  • Food or funding to help provide needed items for existing Kids Cafe and Backpack Programs
  • Funding to help purchase  produce for Produce Initiative and pay expenses for Mobile Pantry program 
  • Funding to provide sustainability and expansion of existing programming

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Mississippi Museum of Art
Betsy Bradley
Jackson, MS
601-960-1515
www.museumart.org

Mission: To engage Mississippians in the visual arts.

Population served: Primarily residents of the greater Jackson area, residents of the state of Mississippi, and residents of the other southeastern United States.
Needs:

  • Capital development funds for the Arts Garden
  • Endowment Funds

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Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
Libby Hartfield
Jackson, MS
601-576-6000
www.msnaturalscience.org

Mission: To promote understanding and appreciation of Mississippi’s biological diversity through collections research, exhibits, and educational and community programs statewide.

Population served: 149,901 visitors to Jackson facility and 290,412 access direct services and programs across the state annually. Museum programs include camps, pre-school classes, community, family and adult programs, state outreach programs (technical teacher support and classroom visits), and teacher workshops.

Needs:

  • Twice annual national temporary touring exhibits
  • Support for annual outreach and educational programs and day camps
  • Permanent exhibit and trail sponsorship
  • Expanded outreach programs
  • Enhanced multi-media and interactive exhibit support

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Mississippi Opera Association, Inc.
Elizabeth Buyan           
Jackson, MS   
601-960-2300

Mission: To provide premium opera productions to children and adults. 

Needs:

  • Funding for production expenses
  • Artists’ fees
  • Outreach and free student matinee
  • Endowment

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Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency
Kevin Stump
Flowood, MS   
601-933-1000
krosenblatt@msora.org www.msora.org

Mission: To coordinate the recovery of human organs and tissues for transplantation by working with and providing education to medical professionals, donor families, and the people of Mississippi.

Population Served: Adults and children with heart and renal disease, obesity, diabetes and other ailments that affect each recoverable organ.

Needs:

  • Funding or in-kind donations of:
  • Salaries
  • Sporting Equipment
  • Insurance
  • Food and Beverages
  • Transportation
  • Office Supplies
  • Rent, Utilities and Maintenance

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Mississippi State Fire Academy      
Jonathan R. "Reggie" Bell         
Jackson, MS   
601-932-2444
www.mid.state.ms.us/fireacad

Mission: To serve the Mississippi Fire Service community and the world by providing quality education and training in fundamental and advanced skills to save life and property.

Population served: Approximately 15,000 fire fighters/emergency response personnel per year.

Needs:

  • Funding for handouts, pamphlets, small souvenirs, training material videos, or equipment
  • Funds for dorm wing addition (25 beds), four new classrooms, fire simulation training props, computer lab, resource library, cafeteria enlargement, paving projects, new live fire training pad, and enhancements to railcar derailment site
  • Computers, printers, and servers for computer lab
  • Fire Science publications or subscriptions
  • Bed spreads for dorm
  • Alarm clocks for dorm
  • Full-size refrigerator
  • Microwave for dorm
  • DVD player
  • New mattresses for dorm beds

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Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Foundation        
Clark Gordin, Executive Director         
Jackson, MS   
601-432-2355
MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and State of Mississippi

Needs:

  • Funding to support archery program and MS Kids Outdoors program  
  • Lands for conservation and protection
  • Funding for educational and technical building structures

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Mustard Seed           
Kit D. Barksdale         
Brandon, MS  
601-992-3556
www.mustardseedinc.org

Mission: To meet the spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of adults with developmental disabilities by providing a loving and protected Christian community and meaningful activities.

Population served: Mentally challenged adults, predominantly lower income, ranging in age from 21 to 66 years old.

Needs:

  • Volunteers
  • Scholarship tuition to assist families
  • New kiln and canvases for painting.
  • Funds to build new women's group home to expand number of women served.

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NAMI Mississippi
Bill Kehoe      
Jackson, MS   
601-899-9058

Population served: NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a grassroots organization of individuals with serious mental illnesses and their family members. NAMI’s mission is to eradicate the stigma of serious mental illnesses and to improve the quality of life of persons of all ages who are affected by them, through support, education, and advocacy; through research and services; and through the education of all professionals, providers, and the general public.

Needs:

  • Sponsorship

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The Nature Conservancy
Jim Murrian, Executive Director
Jackson, MS   
601-713-3355
www.nature.org/mississippi

Mission: To conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

Population served: Statewide

Needs: Support for projects around the state to improve land and water areas for current and future generations, including:

  • Longleaf pine habitat improvements
  • Reducing streambank erosion
  • Improving water and air quality
  • Implementing best management practices for agriculture
  • Oyster reef restoration, seagrass protection and coastal preserves
  • Support for Jackson-area Wild Walk & Run 5K (April 6, 2013; information at nature.org/wildwalk)

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Neighborhood Christian Centers
Elder James E. Turner, Sr.       
Jackson, MS   
601-354-8855

Population served: NCC serves children and families in need throughout the Jackson metro, with a specific focus on its surrounding community: Georgetown.

Needs:

  • Monthly supporters
  • Event and program sponsors
  • Funding to hire Director of Operations Computer
  • Cell phone/communications equipment
  • Funds for additional staffing, equipment and supplies

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Pearson Foundation
Joseph Pridgen
Pearl, MS
601-939-7611

Mission: To provide services and activities that add value to people’s lives so that entire neighborhoods are transformed.

Population served: 50 to 75 elementary, middle, and high school students in the Pearson/Carver area in Pearl, MS. The Foundation provides ongoing tutorial, after-schools, summer enrichment programs and offers, on an occasional or as-needed basis, clothes closet, food pantry, and computer applications training for parents to upgrade job skills.

Needs:

  • TI-84 calculators
  • Snacks for summer program
  • Stove
  • Office supplies (paper, toner, ink cartridges)
  • Office furniture
  • Playground equipment
  • Kitchen equipment
  • Partition in group meeting space

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PERICO Institute for Youth Development and Entrepreneurship, Inc. (PRIYDE)          
Ms. Johnnie Hawkins   
Jackson, MS   
(769) 251-1408

Population served: Youth Service Providers; School Districts; Faith and Community-based organizations, and foundations that serve youth ages 14-21.

Needs:

  • Funds for capacity building
  • Match Money for the “Assets for Independence” Savings Program
  • Volunteers and partnerships to help grow the organization
  • Endowment

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Piney Woods School 
Reginald T. W. Nichols, Ed.D.
Piney Woods, MS                   
(601) 845-2214

Population served: Primarily African-American youth (grades 9-12) from across the United States and 7 foreign countries. 

Needs:

  • Scholarships for deserving students who cannot pay tuition
  • AmeriCorps match      
  • Strengthening of endowment
  • Enhancing technology
  • Green Initiative

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Renaissance Foundation Inc.
Harrison Michael II
Jackson, MS   
601-291-9132

Mission: Renaissance Foundation's mission is to provide quality care and services to poor families with children in the city of Jackson and the state of Mississippi with educational advancement and, scholarships for education and jobs training trades or business development, that will enable youth, young adults and heads of households to become independent of the welfare system.

Population served: Low income and working poor families and individuals with children in the city of Jackson and the State Of Mississippi.

Needs:

  • Office and Traning Center Space
  • Volunteers
  • Money Donations
  • Copier Ink
  • Print paper

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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mississippi
Ruth Ann Allen
Jackson, MS   
601 981-5683

Mission: Supports families who have a child in a local hospital by providing caring, home-like lodging.

Population served: Families who have children being treated in Jackson area medical facilities.

Needs:

  • Replacement of bedroom furnishings (does not include mattresses)
  • Yearly donors to underwrite maintaining each bedroom (approx. $7,500 per room)
  • Donors to assist with expanding program services (Family Room inside Hospitals / Mobile Medical Clinic / Expansion of current Ronald McDonald House)

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The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary
Millie B. Hardy, President
601-564-3051
Email: mhardy218@comcast.net

Mission: "Funds raised by The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary are used to support programs designed to strengthen the community, it's families, and in particular women and children. These programs develop skills and abilities in the individual that lead to increased self-sufficiency, personal responsibility, and improved self-confidence. This done within a loving and encouraging environment that is centered on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the renewing of the person through and by Him."

Population served: Hinds, Rankin, Yazoo, Warren, Madison

Needs:

  • Membership:
    • Active - $35,00
    • Contributing - $100.00
    • Sponsoring - $1000.00
  • Sponsorships for fundraisers, An Evening With Angels and SOUPer Bowl.
  • Volunteers with expertise in marketing, publicity, administration and fund-raising.

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Society of St. Andrew
Mike Waldmann    
Robert Fritchey, Regional Office Director
Jackson, MS   
601-850-4018

Mission: To provide hunger relief for families and individuals of any age.

Needs:

  • Help in building our capacity, connecting with farmers and engaging volunteers 
  • Connections with foundations and corporations to establish long-term funding for programs

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Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth          
Susannah K. Cherney  
Jackson, MS   
601-354-0983

Population served: Vulnerable children, youth, and families (adolescents, homeless teens, adoption and foster care for children and youth with special needs)

Needs:

  • Computers and assistance with website
  • Furniture
  • Operational support
  • Automobile for boys' group home
  • Endowment fund
  • Office building
  • Retirement of mortgage on residential facility for homeless teens

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Stewpot Community Services
Reverend Frank Spencer         
Jackson, MS   
601-353-2759

Population served: Poverty-level individuals in the Jackson area and their children.

Needs:

  • Canned food
  • Mentors
  • Carpenters, electricians, repairmen
  • Groups to provide meals for shelters    
  • Funds to maintain physical facilities
  • Vehicles
  • Relationships with all local congregations

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Stork's Nest
Jo Ann Lewis, Program Coordinator
Jackson, MS

jlewisches@earthlink.net

Mission: To assist low-income women during pregnancy.

Population served: Low-income pregnant women in Jackson.

Needs:

  • Monetary donations.
  • Pampers and baby wipes.
  • Blankets, baby bodysuites, gowns, and clothes.
  • Car seats, strollers, and travel systems.

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Universal Learning Center   
Charles E. Bradley       
Jackson, MS   
601-713-0202

Mission: To provide quality childcare and preschool services for children 6-weeks to five years of age.      

Population served: Primarily serves low-income families.

Needs:

  • Teachers’ desks and chairs
  • Computers for preschool room
  • New rugs for infant room
  • Baby cribs and rugs for the toddler room
  • Toys
  • Vehicle for field trips and after-school care pickup (van or bus)
  • Funds for facility expansion to provide after-school care
  • Funds to provide video conferencing capabilities
  • Website development

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University Press of Mississippi
Leila W. Salisbury, Director
Jackson, MS
601-432-6205
www.upress.state.ms.us

Mission: The University Press of Mississippi, the state’s only not-for-profit publisher and press for all eight of Mississippi’s public universities to educate all citizens of the state's rich history and vibrant present and future.

Needs:

  • Donations to "The Mississippi Encyclopedia" project, a 1,600 page exploration of the people, places, and events that have created our unique culture. For detailed information on this project >> http://www.upress.state.ms.us/missencyclopedia

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Voice of Calvary Ministries 
Phil Reed         
Jackson, MS   
601-857-1256

Population served: Residents of Downtown and West Jackson

Needs:

  • Program volunteers      
  • Funds to sustain youth development and mentorship programs for West Jackson and Downtown area. 
  • Funds for housing development (currently underway)

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