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Nonprofit Newsletter

December 16, 2019


NONPROFIT SPOTLIGHT                                               
                 Excel, Inc.

What started as a summer program in 1988 in borrowed classrooms has blossomed into a community center serving children, seniors, and everyone in between. Excel, Inc., housed in several former department stores in downtown Okolona, has become a hub for a plethora of activities.

With goals of furthering education, promoting community building, encouraging volunteerism, and fostering healthy lives, the staff at Excel stays busy. Children are served not only through a summer program, but also every weekday after school and even during holidays. Dedicated volunteers tutor students in grades 1-12, helping them with homework and enhancing their math, reading, and computer skills.




Senior programs include games, arts and crafts, health talks, gardening, sewing, and computer activities. An exercise program, called PACE (People with Arthritis Can Exercise) is held 3 times a week. It offers not only physical well-being but social interaction as well.



Other programs offered by Excel include adult basic literacy skills, GED preparation, and certified nursing assistants training.

Additionally, Excel operates a resale store called One of a Kind. The shop provides affordable clothing and household goods for consumers and an extra bit of funding for Excel's programs. Speaking of the resale store, one of the volunteers who has been instrumental in the operation of the store, Verdine Judd, was the recipient of a 2019 GIVE (Governor's Initiative for Volunteer Excellence) Award for her work with Excel and a variety of other activities.


Verdine Judd (center) is shown here with Sister Nancy Schreck (left) and Sister Liz Brown (executive director of Excel) after receiving the GIVE Award for Outstanding Service in Strengthening Families and Communities.

 

Chickasaw County is fortunate to have Excel staff and volunteers continuing to make a difference every day!

   
 






          NEED VOLUNTEERS?
        MAKE YOUR NEEDS KNOWN!


Volunteer NEMS gets calls every day from people who want to volunteer, and of course, we direct them to the online hub. If your organization is not registered on there, how will these potential volunteers know about you? Register today - then post a volunteer opportunity or two. It's FREE! 

 




       UPCOMING TRAININGS IN TUPELO
                   (Details forthcoming)


February 4 - Basic Grant Proposal Strategies
March 17 - Volunteer Management 
April 28 - The Right Way to Start a Nonprofit
May 5 - Outcomes/Logic Modeling
May 27 - Social Media/Storytelling 

 

If your organization has not yet joined The Alliance, please consider joining today. 

The Alliance is the result of a merger between The Mississippi Center for Nonprofits and the Mississippi Assocation  of Grantmakers. The goal of The Alliance is to help solve statewide problems. They provide resources that will greatly enhance any nonprofit's abilities to serve its target audience.

Visit their website.


Agencies That Have Registered on the Mississippi Hub Network:


- Agape Health Services
- A.M.E.N., Inc.
- American Red Cross of
  North Mississippi
- Arc of Northeast Mississippi
- Autism Center of North
  Mississippi
- Banah Pregnancy Testing     
  Center
- Belmont UMC Community    
  Food Pantry
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of
  Northeast Mississippi
- Boys and Girls Clubs of
  Booneville/Prentiss County
- Boys and Girls Clubs of
  North Mississippi
- Boys and Girls Clubs of
  Northeast Mississippi 
- Cami Jo Cares
- CATCH Kids, Inc.
- Churches United Food Depot
  of Pontotoc County
- City of Oxford - Recycling
- Comfort Creatures of   
  Northeast Mississippi
- Corinth-Alcorn Animal
  Shelter
- CREATE Foundation
- El Centro
- English as a Second
  Language
- EXCEL, Inc.
- F.A.I.T.H. Food Pantry
- Faith Haven
- Family Resource Center of
  North Mississippi
- Food Depot of Tishomingo
  County
- For the Love of Paws Corp
- Fulton UM Church Food
  Pantry
- Girl Scouts Heart of the
  South
- Good Samaritan Health
  Services
- GumTree Museum of Art
- Helpful Samaritan Food 
  Pantry
- Helping Hands Food Pantry
  and Clothes Closet
- Hope Unbridled
- Itawamba Crossroads Ranch
- Keep Tupelo Beautiful
- Lee County 4-H
- Life Choices Pregnancy Care
  Center
- Magnolia Foundation
- Meals on Wheels
- Mississippi State Department
  of Health
- Mississippi United to End
  Homelessness (MUTEH)
- Monroe County Children's
  Vision Center
- National Council on Alcohol
  & Drug Dependency
- NEWMS
- NextAge Mississippi
- North Mississippi Kidney
  Foundation
- Northeast Mississippi Habitat
  for Humanity
- Oren Dunn City Museum
- Oxford Film Festival
- Parkgate Health Services
- Pontotoc Habitat for
  Humanity
- Reconnect 4 Autism
- Regional Rehabilitation
  Center
- SAFE, Inc.
- Saints' Brew
- Sally Kate Winters Family
  Services
- Salvation Army of Houston
- Salvation Army of Pontotoc
- Salvation Army of Tupelo
- Sanctuary Hospice
- Second Chances Animal
  Rescue
- Shepherd's Center of
  Greater Tupelo
- Southerncare Hospice
- St. Jude Dream Home
- St. Luke Food Pantry
- Talbot House
- The Orchard
- The Refuge Foster Care
  Closet
- Tippah Co. Good Samaritan
  Center
- Tishomingo Co. Historical &
   Genealogical Society
- Tree of Life Free Clinic
- Tupelo Community Theatre
- Tupelo Housing Authority
- Tupelo/Lee Hunger Coalition
- Tupelo Misfits Leo Club
- Union County Good
  Samaritan
- Union County Literacy
  Council
- United Way of Northeast
  Mississippi
- Vitalant
- VVSC, Inc.
- Volunteer Northeast
  Mississippi
- Wear It Well, Inc.
- West Itawamba Food Pantry
- Wives of Warriors
 


REMINDER
TO AGENCIES LISTED ABOVE:
IF YOU HAVE NOT LISTED ANY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES LATELY, NOW IS THE TIME TO DO SO. MANY CLUBS ARE LOOKING FOR SERVICE PROJECTS FROM NOW THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS.
Click here to go to the HUB.




 



2020
GIVE AWARDS


The GIVE Awards recognize outstanding individual and group volunteer efforts that have made a significant difference to the state, through volunteer action in local communities. Highlighting these extraordinary acts of kindness not only honors deserving volunteers, but inspires others to follow in their footsteps.

GIVE Award recipients will be recognized at a special luncheon in Jackson on April 20. If you know of a deserving volunteer, please nominate him/her. The nomination form can be accessed here.
The deadline to submit nominations for the 2020 GIVE Awards is January 27. For more information, click here




 
Questions? Comments?
Contact Rebecca at 662-432-0158 or rebecca@unitedwaynems.org.
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