United Way in need of volunteers

TUPELO – The United Way of Northeast Mississippi is looking for volunteers to help make decisions about how to allocate money to the 61 agencies it supports.
Volunteers are needed in Prentiss, Itawamba and Tishomingo counties.
The United Way is in the middle of its 2009 campaign. As of Friday, it has raised 78 percent of its $2.1 million goal. The money is disbursed to 61 health and human services agencies throughout Lee, Chickasaw, Itawamba, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tishomingo and Union counties.
The agencies include the Girl Scouts, Regional Rehabilitation Center, the American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts, the Boys amp& Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels.
Shelia McCool, United Way’s director of finance and funds distribution, said the United Way is looking for funds distribution volunteers who will actively take part in the funding process of agencies in the community.
Volunteers from Prentiss County are “desperately needed,” she said. The volunteers are put into groups based on where they live and then they decide funding for their community organizations.
“You will have the opportunity to hear from agencies requesting United Way funds, and you will decide whether those agencies receive funding or not – and make recommendations as to what level of funding is necessary,” the organization wrote in its fall newsletter.
Responsibilities include a one-hour training session in December, agency interviews and panel member meetings in January and a final funding meeting in February.
To be a funds distribution volunteer, contact McCool at (662) 841-9133 or shelia@unitedwaynems.org by Nov. 25.
Contact Carlie Kollath at (662) 678-1598 or carlie.kollath@djournal.com.

Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal