United Way of South Mississippi and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation Announce Grants to Local Nonprofits in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

GULFPORT, Miss—May 4, 2020—The Gulf Coast Community Foundation and United Way of South Mississippi, working in partnership, announce today that $35,000 in grants were awarded to two local nonprofit agencies to address direct needs due to disruptions, loss of jobs significant changes to services and other consequences associated with the response to COVID-19, in support of the essential needs of individuals and families facing significant financial difficulties. The following agencies received...

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Gulf Coast Community Foundation and United Way of South Mississippi Announce Grants to Local Non Profits In Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

United Way of South Mississippi and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, working in partnership, announce today that $65,000 in grants were awarded to four local nonprofit agencies to address direct needs due to disruptions, loss of jobs, significant changes to services, and other consequences associated with the response to COVID-19, in support of the essential needs of individuals and families facing significant financial difficulties. The following agencies received grants: Catholic...

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United Way of South Mississippi PreK4Ward Program Accepting Applications

PreK4Ward, a kindergarten preparation program offered by United Way of South Mississippi, will begin accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year on Feb. 1. An information session for interested parents is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Jan. 28 in the Regions Room of the Knight Nonprofit Center on Seaway Road in Gulfport. The application is available online at www.unitedwaysm.org/prek. To be eligible, students must live in the Harrison County or Gulfport school districts and be 4 years of age...

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United Way of South Mississippi Announces 2020 Dragon Boat Festival Date

Dragon boats will be in the water again in 2020, announces United Way of South Mississippi. The fifth annual Gulf Coast Dragon Boat Festival, a key fundraiser for UWSM, will be held at The Dock on Seaway Road in Gulfport on Saturday, June 13, 2020. Race participants and sponsors are encouraged to sign up early. Both participant and non-participant sponsorship levels are available. A team sponsorship costs $1,600 for businesses and $1,300 for nonprofit organizations. A sponsorship packet can be...

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United Way Named America’s Favorite Charity

United Way Worldwide ranked number one in the list of America’s Favorite Charities recently published by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. The yearly list identifies the nonprofit organizations Americans are most willing to support and is based on total cash support. The list focuses extensively on cash and stock gifts received directly from individuals but also factors in gifts from corporations and foundations. In the United States, there are nearly 1,200 United Way offices, which operate as a...

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United Way of South Mississippi Announces Nifty 50 Raffle Winners

Stephanie Mueller of Gulfport is the winner of United Way of South Mississippi’s $50,000 Nifty 50 raffle. Mueller’s winning ticket was pulled during the raffle drawing on Oct. 24 at Patio 44 Coastal Seafood & Steaks in Gulfport. Sixty-eight other prizes, donated by local businesses, were also given away. The raffle drawing was broadcast live on the organization’s Facebook page, and the grand prize was presented live during the 6:30 p.m. broadcast on WLOX-TV. Tickets for the raffle, which...

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United Way of South Mississippi Announces 2019 Campaign Pacesetters

Thirteen businesses are serving as pacesetters for the 2019 giving campaign of United Way of South Mississippi, which uses donor dollars to improve the overall quality of life in its service area of Hancock, Harrison, Pearl River and Stone counties. These ambitious pacesetters set the standard for community support by locking in their campaign donations during August, one month before the campaign officially begins, said Kathy Springer, UWSM CEO. “Pacesetters give early to spark our annual...

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United Way of South Mississippi Announces 2019-2021 Community Impact Grant Recipients

United Way of South Mississippi awarded 11 community impact grants during a presentation ceremony at the Knight Nonprofit Center in Gulfport on Wednesday, July 24. The ceremony marked the beginning of UWSM’s 2019-2021 grant cycle. Over the course of the two-year cycle, $650,000 in grant funding will be provided to 11 area nonprofits working in the sectors of education, financial stability, health, and family services and support. Community impact grant recipients are selected through an...

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Grade-Level Reading Campaign Recognizes Gulfport Community

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading recently recognized the Gulfport community with the Pacesetter Honors for reporting measurable progress on key indicators of early school success. According to the campaign, honorees represent the leading edge of innovation, impact and improvement within the Grade-Level Reading network, which spans 300 communities across 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Alberta, Canada. In Gulfport, the community lead for the...

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United Way of South Mississippi Hosts Day of Action

Volunteers from across the Mississippi Gulf Coast participated in the United Way of South Mississippi Day of Action on June 21. Held in conjunction with United Way Worldwide’s global day of service, Day of Action provided opportunities for local volunteers, donors and advocates to be part of solutions that make a real difference in people’s lives. Locally, five businesses, including Sparklight, Coast Electric Power Association, Harrah’s Gulf Coast, Vivint and Woodforest National Bank, sent a...

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