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Northeast Mississippi Nonprofits,

Due to the current health crisis, many of the nonprofits across the area have unfortunately had to close their doors. However, some agencies are offering services remotely wherever possible, providing counseling and tutoring. Still others are operating as closely to normal as can be expected. This last category is comprised primarily of food pantries and feeding programs.

In an effort to direct potential volunteers and donors to these food service organizations, Volunteer NEMS has created a single page that lists the agencies' needs. If your nonprofit is a provider of food and would like to be listed, please email me at rebecca@unitedwaynems.org.

Along those same lines, if ANY agency (whether you provide food or some other service) would like me to help get the word out about ANY need, please let me know. 

If your agency is utilizing volunteers at this time, I strongly encourage you to review the attached documents produced by Volunteer Mississippi: "COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunity Risk Assessment" and "Managing Volunteers During COVID-19." If your board of directors requires you to have volunteer management procedures in writing, you may want to include these two documents in your volunteer manual.

A couple of weeks ago, I sent out a survey that Volunteer Mississippi is using to gauge the needs of our nonprofits on a statewide scale. If you have not yet submitted the survey, you may still do so.

For those of you whose agencies are in a holding pattern, unable to provide any services at this time, I can only imagine your frustration. For those operating on a limited basis, thank you for doing what you can under very difficult circumstances. For the handful who are still functioning as usual or close to usual, please continue to follow safety guidelines and know that your efforts are very much appreciated.

Remember that I am available to assist you in any way I can. Do not hesitate to reach out whenever a need arises.

Sincerely,
Rebecca Nelson
Director, Volunteer Northeast Mississippi
 
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