United Way tops $2.2M campaign goal

By Carlie Kollath | NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The United Way of Northeast Mississippi has hit its $2.2 million goal this year.
Campaign Chairman Greg Pirkle announced Monday the organization has raised $2,238,816.66 so far.
“That’s an accomplishment for all the people in our seven counties and our agencies,” Pirkle said. “Thank you to the people of Northeast Mississippi … who have given so generously.”
More pledges will trickle in as participating companies wrap up their campaigns, said Melinda Tidwell, executive director of the United Way. About 75 percent of the campaign money comes from payroll deductions.
The United Way raised $2,244,000 last year.
The money will be allocated to 65 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Chickasaw, Union, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Itawamba and Tishomingo counties. Supported agencies include Meals on Wheels, The Salvation Army and various food pantries.
“This is a time of great need in our community,” Pirkle said.
About 150 volunteers serve on county-specific committees that distribute the money to agencies based on community needs and agency requests.
“We probably have $100,000 more in requests than we raised,” Tidwell said.
The United Way will begin disbursing the money in February, she said.
To donate, contact the United Way at (662) 841-9133 or P.O. Box 334, Tupelo, MS 38804.
carlie.kollath@journalinc.com