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When I look out into this community, I see hope, excitement, and joy and it reminds me of how giving and supportive our community truly is. Just with United Way alone, over 2,000 individuals have dedicated their time to advocate and advance the common good in health, education, and financial stability. I am thankful to live in a community that cares for its fellow brother and sister and a part of a community that puts on events throughout the year to just simply bring us together as a family. In Vicksburg, you are surrounded with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. On average, your support to United Way touches the lives of over 16,000 individuals RIGHT here in our community. By providing time, talent, and treasures to United Way, you are changing the lives and strengthening our community. As Christmas decorations begin appearing on every corner, don’t worry! We want to make LIVING UNITED even easier for you during the season of giving. We are here to be the connecting link to the resources and agencies to help you get involved in our community!

Community Council: This agency serves our senior population in Warren County and provides services to homebound, frail elderly such as assistance with daily living activities. This holiday season you can provide them with warm socks and lap throws. For more information to get involved please call:

601-638-7441.

Good Shepherd Community Center: Provides quality daycare for the hard working mom or dad trying to make a better life for his or her child. These parents need help providing Christmas presents for their children. If you would like to adopt a child to buy Christmas presents this holiday season, please call

 601-636-7687.

Haven House Family Shelter: Provides violence-free living for women and children going through domestic violence situations. The simple items such as a night gown or bathrobe along with a pair of slippers could go a long way for a woman in need. For more information please call: 601-638-0555.

Mountain of Faith: This women’s shelter restores the lives of homeless women and children. Dedicated in serving others through feeding, clothing, and sheltering those in need. Mountain of Faith is always in need of NEW women and children underwear and socks. For these upcoming winter months, the shelter needs hats, gloves, scarves and coats. Please call: 601-501-4507.

The Salvation Army: Provides emergency assistance to the needy which includes food, clothing, furniture, utility assistance, and limited transportation assistance. The Christmas Kettle Program is coming up and they will need help with volunteers to ring bells for this event. If you do not want to physically volunteer for the program, please be sure to drop a donation in to continue the great work they are doing in our community. If want to get involved please call: 601-636-2706.

Vicksburg Child and Parent Center: Serves as an advocate for the children of the community. The mission is to improve the lives of children by providing supportive services to families. They are having an event coming up on December 10th called Santa Slay! Food, Dancing, comedy and a fashion show! Put your fancy shoes on and come join us. If you would like to buy tickets or get involved with their Court Appointed Special Advocate program please call: 601-634-0557.

The Warren County Children Shelter: Provides emergency shelter, food, and clothing for abused, neglected, and homeless children. Spending Christmas in the shelter as a child can be a little depressing, but that is where you come in. The Warren County Children Shelter is now accepting gift cards to various stores to provide a special Christmas to make sure all the children can receive age appropriate gifts from babies to teenagers. Please call 601-634-0640.

Some Place Special: This agency provides the elderly population suffering from depression a place to come socialize with peers and have fun doing various activities. Bingo is their favorite game! You can do your part by sending prizes such as cleaning supplies, lotion, and personal items.

National #givingtuesday is coming up on November 29th. By giving on this day, you are supporting all 20 partner agencies of United Way of West Central Mississippi.  This starts a journey to challenge yourself to LIVE UNITED 365 days a year! Can you imagine what Vicksburg would look like? I can; and I cannot wait to start LIVING UNITED beside you!