United Way of Jackson County halfway home

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - By Doug Walker – bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Jackson-George County United Way wants to raise two million dollars in its annual fundraising campaign.  Halfway through, the numbers look good: more than $960,000 has been collected so far.  And the money will be used to help those who need it the most.

Laura Kinsey is the executive director of Gulf Coast Family Counseling.  The agency features comfortable rooms where people can talk about their troubles for a fraction of the normal cost.  And they do come.

"Parents with newborn babies that they don't know what do to with, to people who are dying and everybody in between." Kinsey said. "Lots of adolescents and families."

The Boys and Girls Club of Jackson County also receives United Way funding for various after school programs. Catherine Glaude heads up that organization.  The United Way came to the rescue two years ago.

"We went to our United Way and asked for support to sustain us and to make sure that our kids won't lose any service and our families would have Boys and Girls Clubs in our communities."

One interesting note about the $2 million being raised by the Jackson-George County United Way.  The money will not be spent haphazardly.  In fact, Kinsey said, there's a great deal of accountability involved.

"They make us prove where the money goes, they make us prove that we've done what we say we're going to do, and we actually have to demonstrate our effectiveness.  We can't just say we saw 100 people.  We must be able to say they made some improvement," Kinsey said.

And if the bottom line at the United Way keeps growing, the agencies that receive funding will continue to bloom and prosper well into the future.

The campaign will run through the beginning of next month.  And this year, you can direct a portion or all of your donation to any of the agencies the United Way serves.

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