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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New Faces Join United Way of South Mississippi Team

Joshua Wilson of Hattiesburg and Julie Schmidt of Ocean Springs have joined the staff at United Way of South Mississippi in Gulfport. Wilson serves as director of marketing and communications. He brings 10 years of experience to his role, including time as a newspaper reporter and as a marketing and public relations administrator in higher education and in the foodservice distribution and visual communications industries. He is a two-time graduate of William Carey University with a bachelor’s...

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Fill the Bus 2018

Our annual Fill the Bus campaign is coming up quickly! Starting Friday, July 13 school supply donation boxes will be located in Walmart Supercenters throughout Hancock, Harrison, Pearl River and Stone Counties. The school supplies collected in the boxes will be distributed to the school districts within those four counties! On July 27th, our UWSM team with Junior Auxillary of Gulfport will be collecting supplies in a school bus at the Gulfport Walmart Supercenter on Highway 49. School supply...

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Local Community Leaders for “Fill the Bus”

United Way of South Mississippi (UWSM), Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport, local school districts in Hancock, Harrison, Stone, and Pearl River counties, and surrounding Wal-Marts and other businesses in the community are partnering this month to FILL THE BUS with school supplies for students in need. During the month of July, all local Walmart locations will be accepting donations of school supplies for the FILL THE BUS event, with a final push and celebration on July 31 from 8a.m. until 2p.m. We...

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Press Conference – Grant Awards

United Way of South Mississippi Press Conference July 7, 8:30AM United Way of South Mississippi will present the Grant Awards July 7, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. in the Knight Non-Profit Center. Annual Reports Hancock Bank Conference Room, KNPC Press Conference Agenda Date: 7 July 2015 Time: 8:30a.m.-9:30a.m. Venue: Hancock Bank Conference Room, KNPC This press conference will unveil annual reports from FY April 2014-15. Time Presentation 8:30 Introduction – Nicole Misita 8:35 Importance of...

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Gulfport Receives National Education “Pacesetters” Award

June 16, Gulfport received the National Education "Pacesetters" Award by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading at City Hall. Thirty communities across the nation were named as 2014 “Pacesetters” by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, recognizing their measurable progress in addressing some of the problems low-income children face in becoming proficient readers. Each of the 30 honorees has been a part of the national network that is working to improve student outcomes in at least one of three...

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