UPDATE: Non-profits hope Pepsi Refresh vote leads to funds

By Michaela Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

Here’s a national vote that will count for something.
Four Northeast Mississippi non-profit agencies are hoping to pop the top on the Pepsi Refresh Project grant challenge. Organization advocates gathered Friday morning at Tupelo City Hall with city and regional elected officials to boost the chances for regional folks to get a piece of $1.3 million in grants that Pepsi is giving out each month.

In March, Autism Center of Tupelo is in the running for $50,000 to fund 1-on-1 intervention for kids with autism. Pontotoc County Habitiat for Humanity is in the running for $50,000 to renovate a dilapidated building for office and warehouse space. NMMC Cancer Center is up for $5,000 to help expand its Barbershop program, which gets information about prostate and colon cancer screening out to Africian-American men.

In April, the Tupelo Neighborhood Leadership Program will be in the running for $25,000 to host leadership programs for youth and adults in an effort to boost the efforts of neighborhood associations.

Internet voters will decide who gets the Pepsi Refresh Project money. Pepsi funds the top 10 projects in each category every month. The rest of the Top 100 finishers get another shot to get votes the following month.
Individuals can vote for up to 10 organizations every day of the month.

Click here to vote for the Autism Center of Tupelo – www.refresheverything.com/autism.
Click here to vote for Pontotoc County Habitat for Humanity – www.refresheverything.com/ahomeforhabitat
Click here to vote for the NMMC Cancer Center – www.refresheverything.com/BarbershopTalk