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Nominations for Volunteer Awards are now being accepted!

POSTED ON: FEB. 25, 2016
Northwest Mississippi is home to some of the most generous people in the world! Do you know someone who gives their time to help others by volunteering? 

The President's Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, organizations, or groups for volunteer efforts which have made a significant difference to the state or to local communities, establishing high standards for volunteer involvement and effectiveness and multiplying resources for communities.

Each year, Volunteer Northwest Mississippi honors  outstanding volunteers, groups, and businesses from the eleven county area, to include Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Leflore, Marshall, Quitman, Panola, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate and Tunica county.

The nomination process has never been easier!

Please use our online nomination form. 

If your outstanding nominee is selected for this prestigious award, he or she will be honored at an awards banquet on AMay 3, 2016 at the Landers Center in Southaven.  Each recipient and a guest will receive complimentary tickets. Extra tickets can be purchased for $30. 

No more excuses.  The nominations process has never been easier!  All you have to do is take a moment out of your day to brag about the best person or group you know and fill out the online nomination form by March 31, 2016. Don't forget two photos capturing your volunteer's caring spirit!

Past recipients are not eligible for this award.  To view a list of past recipients, visit

About the President's Volunteer Service Awards:  
The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize their valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President's Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.
As always, thank you for your continued support of Volunteer Northwest Mississippi and thank you for the work you do in your community.  I look forward to receiving your nominations and honoring your volunteers!
Anna Dickerson

9/11 Day of Service a Success!

POSTED ON: SEP. 11, 2015

On Thursday, September 10th volunteers from throughout DeSoto County came together to support MidSouth Project Package, a local nonprofit committed to sending care packages to midsouth men and women currently serving overseas. This work was done in honor of 9/11 as part of the National Day of Service and Remembrance.  When 9/11 was established as a Day of Service the idea was to encourage people to engage in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward looking tribute to 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attack. 


Volunteer Northwest Mississippi chose to honor the lives lost and forever changed on 9/11 by picking up the torch for Project Package.  The work that they do is impressive given how much they rely on community donations.  They operate with a $0 budget and all of the work done is by volunteers.  All of the supplies sent are donated and all money used to cover the cost of shipping is donated.  On average, Project Package sends 450 packages and it costs $11 to send each package.  So events like this are what have helped Project Package to keep their doors open for 11 years.  

Thank you to Mayor Darren Musselwhite of Southaven and County Supervisor Mark Gardner for coming and saying a few words.  We sincerely appreciate the support of our local elected officials. 

Rickey Pope and all of the volunteers at Project Package sincerely appreciate the outpouring of support and love that has been shown to them over the last month.  They meet every Thursday at the Southaven Armory (385 Stateline Road, Suite 2, Southaven) from 4:00-7:00pm to assemble care packages and I know they would love to have your help. 

Who Participated:

Throughout the month of August many local businesses worked to collect care package items for Project Package and many also collected monetary donations to help cover the cost of postage for shipping boxes.  The following businesses and groups participated:

American Contract Bridge League- Collected care package supplies, purchased tables that Project Package needed, and sent employees to volunteer at the event

BancorpSouth- Collected care package supplies and raised $1153 for postage and sent employees to volunteer at the event

Citizens Bank- Collected $100 for postage

Community Bank- Collected care package supplies, raised $476.88 for postage, and sent employees to volunteer at the event

CSpire- Collected care package supplies and sent employees to volunteer at the event

First Security Bank- Collected care package supplies, raised $159.99 for postage, and sent employees to volunteer at the event

Northwest Mississippi Association of Realtors- Raised $250.00 for postage, and sent employees to volunteer at the event

Sacred Heart School and Lewisburg Cub Scouts troops- collected care package items, raised $50 for postage and volunteered at the event

State Farm- Barry Bouchillon-- Donated $100.00 for postage, and volunteered at the event

Several members of the Southaven Rotary also collected care package items.  These members include:

Atmos Entergy

DeSoto Technology Group

DeSoto Imaging Specialists

The Wine Cellar

Ryan England- State Farm

Landers Buick GMC

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Mission Monday - August 17, 2015

POSTED ON: AUG. 17, 2015

The Panola County Humane Society mission is to help the lost and abandoned dogs at the Batesville Animal Pound find homes and offer low cost spay/neuter programs. lo

The society holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of every month at The Barkery at The Sweet Shop on the Square in Batesville. The Barkery is the shop with sales benefiting the society. Meetings begin at 5:30PM. All members are encouraged to attend. If you are interested in becoming a member please come and check out what our organization is about. This is the perfect opportunity to become a member. If you are interested in adoption or foster care this is also a perfect chance to meet everyone and get involved! Hope to see you there!

Contact Yvonne Taylor for more information and to volunteer - .


Volunteer Northwest Mississippi Community Partners