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Corporate Volunteer Council - Get Involved!

POSTED ON: MAY. 07, 2015

Volunteer Northwest Mississippi understands the importance of community support and we value the relationships we currently have with local businesses.  In order to foster these relationships and as a way to make new connections, VNM began its Corporate Volunteer Council last summer and it now boasts a membership of more than thirty businesses in DeSoto County.  Representatives from various local banks, Entergy, Community Mortgage, Southgroup, Northwest Mississippi Association of Realtors, and many other businesses come together once a quarter to learn about nonprofit needs in our community.  VNM presents them with a list of upcoming volunteer opportunities and a nonprofit wish list.  Our goal is to make sure that each representative on the Council is able to walk away from the meeting with a good grasp on how their business and its employees can give back to their community.  We also invite three nonprofits representing diverse interests to speak at each meeting, allowing them 5-7 minutes to speak about their mission, promote any upcoming events, and talk about what kind of partnerships can be made between their nonprofit and a local business.

The Council is different from any other council because there are no dues or expectations.  Volunteer Northwest Mississippi just wants to gather up local leaders and business representatives in to one room, once a quarter, to make their life easier.  Community engagement is a hard task to fulfill on top of a professional position in a business so VNM wants to make that part a little easier.  We know where the needs and opportunities exist in our community and our goal with the CVC is to share our knowledge.  There is no cost associated with the Council- it is a free lunch once per quarter and a great way to learn about your community. 

Current involvement with the Corporate Volunteer Council includes the following DeSoto County businesses:

  • American Contract Bridge League
  • BancorpSouth
  • Belhaven University
  • Citizens National Bank
  • Community Mortgage
  • Cspire
  • Dream Home Construction
  • Entergy
  • FedEx Ground
  • First Tennessee
  • Gallagher Insurance Group
  • Hampton Inn- Hernando
  • Home Builders Association
  • Landers Center
  • Lola B
  • Mary Kay
  • MedPost
  • Methodist Hospital
  • Newlyweds Foods
  • Nidec Corporation
  • Northwest Mississippi Association of Realtors
  • Olive Branch YMCA
  • Renasant Bank
  • Southaven Chamber of Commerce
  • Southgroup Insurance
  • Specialty Hospice
  • Trustmark
  • Walgreens

To find out how you can represent your business on Volunteer Northwest Mississippi’s Corporate Volunteer Council, contact Anna Dickerson, Director of VNM, at volunteer@cfnm.org. You may also contact Dickerson if you are a nonprofit who would like to speak at the next CVC meeting. 

 

Mission Monday - May 4, 2015

POSTED ON: MAY. 04, 2015

Getting Better MinistriesThe mission of Getting Better Ministries is to provide activities to help youth, especially the at-risk ones, by supporting related programs and partnering with other like minded organizations in making a positive difference in the lives of young people. We are teaching them how to be responsible and dependable  Contact Regina Wiley  - gettingbetterministries@gmail.com   - 662-313-1045 to get involved with this super organization in the Coahoma, MS area.  They can use your volunteer assisatance as perhaps a mentor to a local youth or helping them with providing activities for the youths and their families.

https://www.givegab.com/nonprofits/getting-better-ministries-dd4e629f-3419-45dd-b4eb-c3b3ee1386d4

Award Recipients Announced

POSTED ON: APR. 15, 2015

Volunteer Northwest Mississippi will honor recipients of the 2015 President’s Volunteer Service Awards on April 28, 2015 at a dinner to be held at 6pm at the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi. The public is invited to attend this event to support our wonderful volunteers. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased through the Community Foundation no later than April 20, 2015.

The awards are made possible through The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation established in 2003 to recognize the 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.

The 2015 recipients are:

Hilda Povall – Bolivar

Shanelle Frazier – Coahoma

Erik Allgood – Coahoma

Cynthia Hudock – Coahoma

Natalie Bright – DeSoto

Adelia Milligan – DeSoto

Larry Gideon – DeSoto

Stovall’s Sacrifice for Soldiers – DeSoto

Faye Woods – Marshall

Mary Troxler – Panola

Glenda Bailey – Panola

Maggie Barnes – Sunflower

Julia Turnipseed – Tallahatchie

Marilynne Burnside – Tate

Wendy Nieder – Tunica

The dinner on April 28th will begin at 6 pm and the speaker will be Sammy Moon, who currently serves as the Coordinator for the Mississippi Association of Grantmakers (MAG). In the MAG Coordinator role, Sammy leads the effort to provide quality and effective services and supports to philanthropic organizations in Mississippi. His work is focused on creating learning/sharing opportunities for MAG members as well as developing the infrastructure, technical assistance and partnerships needed to support effective grantmaking in the state. In addition to working with the Mississippi Association of Grantmakers, Sammy serves as a Senior Advisor to United Way Worldwide’s Field Engagement Division. This work is focused on helping local United Way leadership (CEO, staff and volunteers) build the knowledge, skills and expertise needed to lead place-based, community change efforts focused on achieving impact in the areas of health, education and income.

The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi is an independent not-for-profit organization founded in 2002 through a generous donation from the Maddox Foundation. CFNM currently serves ten Mississippi counties: Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate and Tunica. CFNM is governed by a board of 20 volunteer civic leaders and impacts the communities of Northwest Mississippi by connecting people who care with causes that matter. CFNM currently manages 135 donor-established funds and has distributed $11.2 million to support 420 charitable organizations and activities recommended by its donors, as well as charitable programs established by CFNM.

The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the 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.

 

Volunteer Northwest Mississippi Community Partners