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Volunteer Newsletter

May 6, 2019


Imagine our surprise when the editorial in the Daily Journal spotlighted Volunteer Northeast Mississippi! If you didn't see it, check it out now.

The folks at the paper know what YOU already know: that volunteerism is alive and well in Northeast Mississippi. You will not find more giving, generous, selfless people than our neighbors right here in our corner of the state. Thank you ALL for being a driving force behind the good deeds that are done every day. 


Tupelo High School needs volunteer proctors for spring testing. Any time you can give would be appreciated. Testing continues through May 9. 
Email to volunteer.

Wear It Well is partnering with the Tupelo Parks and Recreation Department for "Pop In The Park" on Saturday, May 18, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at Ballard Park for Lupus Awareness Day. Events include a community walk, live music, and words of encouragement and assistance from fellow Lupus Warriors. In addition, for a $5 donation, you can create your own masterpiece with paint supplies and canvas provided by the event organizers. POP (Put On Purple) and come out to support the Lupus Foundation. For more information and to volunteer, call 662-841-6440 or visit

Wear It Well is also sponsoring a Men's Health Awareness Walk on Saturday, June 1, beginning at 8:00 am at Robins Field. The goal is to draw attention to the preventable health problems men face and encourage action – behavior changes, early detection and screening, and treatment. This will be a family day of fun activities. For more information and to volunteer, visit

The ever-popular Dudie Burger Festival has been rescheduled for July 27. The event runs from 10:00-4:00, and they will have 2 shifts for volunteers. Feel free to drop by the Oren Dunn Museum to sign-up to volunteer or call 662-841-6438. There WILL be a way to sign up online (via but as of this writing, the new event date had not yet been entered.

Lee County 4-H is looking for someone with sewing skills to conduct a 2-3 day workshop during the summer that will consist of teaching 4-H'ers the parts of a sewing machine, how to use the machine, cutting patterns, and then actually sewing an item at the end of the workshop. They prefer that the volunteer has completed a background check. You can sign up for this opportunity at

Sally Kate Winters Family Services in West Point needs volunteers in 3 areas (listed below). For any of these positions, the volunteer will need to have a background check done, which costs $20. For more information and to volunteer, click on the link for the opportunity that interests you.


Donations Needed

Most Agencies:

Sometimes we forget that nonprofits spend a great deal of money on necessities at their facilities. These necessities include cleaning supplies, paper products, and office supplies. As you go about your shopping, you may want to pick up some extras and donate them to an agency in Northeast Mississippi.

Here are some ideas of what you can purchase. These kinds of supplies could be used by a variety of agencies:
- paper towels
- toilet paper
- disinfecting wipes
- soap
- brooms
- dust pans
- mops
- furniture polish
- dust cloths
- trash bags
- all-purpose cleaners
- dishwashing liquid
- dish towels
- tape
- staples
- copy paper
- paper clips
- note pads
- pens and pencils
- light bulbs


Shelters are in need of all of the above plus some extra items:
- sheets (usually for twin beds)
- towels
- detergent
- dryer sheets
- children's pajamas
- toothbrushes
- toothpaste
- shampoo
- feminine products
- lotion
- razors
- nail clippers
- hairbrushes
- combs
- hair ties
- deodorant
- lip balm

Food Pantries:

Another thought regarding donations - this time for food pantries. If you are thinking of donating food, remember that a food pantry can purchase items from a food bank for a much cheaper price than the rest of us can get at a retail store. They can make $10 go much farther than we can. So rather than donate food, you may want to donate money instead. More bang for the buck!

And Don't Forget Animal Shelters:

- Purina Kitten Chow
- Purina Puppy Chow
- bleach
- laundry detergent
heating pads
- canned pet food (all types)
- KONG dog toys (all sizes - classic version) and peanut butter or Kong Stuff’N 
- cat & dog food
- cat & dog toys
- cat litter and small litter pans
- collars and leashes
- metal pet food bowls
- monetary donations for medical treatment of animals
- gift cards from any local retailer or for office supplies, pet supplies, cleaning supplies, etc.
- fleece blankets
Questions? Comments? 
or call 662-432-0158.
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