New Corinth, Alcorn resource guide now at hand

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – An information and resource guide to many forms of assistance available in Corinth and Alcorn County was developed by this year’s Leadership Alcorn class and is ready for use.
The Corinth Resource Guide Web site at www.corinthresources.com is already up and running, and print brochures received from the printer on Friday will be distributed soon.
“We wanted to come up with something that would help people in all areas and walks of life to find the resources that are available to them,” said group member Brittany Burress.
What has resulted to date is a listing of almost 60 social service agencies, nonprofit groups, local government agencies, churches and others who can help people in need.
“The group designed and launched the Web site first as the easiest way to disseminate information to people as soon as possible, and a good way for other groups to be added and to update their information,” said Andrea Rose, director of The Alliance Community Development Committee, which sponsors the biannual leadership program.
The first brochure printing is for 10,000 booklets, which will be distributed through churches, charity organizations and schools, Burress said.
“We’ll be distributing them within the next week to two weeks,” she said. “If the children can take them home from school, families will have the information they need without having to ask for it.”
Members of the Leadership Alcorn group are Rickey L. Brown, MRF Recycling Co.; Burress, Hamilton-Ryker employment; Meredith Enis, Lamar Advertising; Doug Jumper, Jumper Realty; Karen Beth Martin, Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau; Stacy Suggs, Alcorn County School District; DuJuana Frazier Thompson, Dogwood Plantation; and Debbie Ward, Kimberly-Clark.
“All of us work in jobs where people come to us looking for information,” Burress said. “When they have some kind of emergency they don’t know where to go. So we all put our heads together and compiled a list of all the organizations we’d ever heard from.”
The list grew as they contacted each agency for updated information and were referred to yet more organizations.
Zack Steen donated his services and designed the project logo, Rose said. Ongoing maintenance of the Web site and reprints of the brochure will be financed by fundraising by the leadership group and the Community Development Committee.
“It will be easy to make changes on the Web site as new agencies give us their information, or when anything changes,” Burress said. “We wanted our project to be something that will give back more than once.”
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.

Online
– Corinth Resource Guide: http://www.corinthresources.com
– Leadership Alcorn graduation: 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 11; Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center