Tupelo task forces in recruiting mode

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Mayor Jack Reed Jr. seeks residents to serve on one of four task forces to tackle the city’s most pressing issues.
The groups, which were organized last year, will lose some members who are rotating off for a variety of reasons. Others will continue to serve, but several openings now exist.
Anyone with a desire to volunteer their time and effort – regardless of age, race, income level or experience – is encouraged to apply at City Hall.
The task forces deal with four issues: education, health, neighborhoods and the local economy.
“I am so proud of all four of them,” Reed said. “To harness the energy and the passion of all these Tupelo citizens who want to pitch in has been one of the most satisfying things for me.”
In their first year, the task forces have accomplished a variety of feats, including organizing free fitness events, hosting a community-led reading program, giving away children’s books to new mothers, launching a neighborhood grant competition and producing a video on how to find a job.
Reed said the groups will continue their missions in the second year, but with more focus: Each will divide itself into subcommittees to address specific issues within the overall goal. That change should help each task force become more productive and reduce volunteer burnout, he said.
New members will be chosen and announced sometime in September or October.
Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.