Tate County, MS allocations volunteers begin work on funding decisions at May meeting

United Way's Tate County volunteer allocations team: From left, Judy O' Neal, Greg Smith, Kay Minton, Suzy Hawkins, Cliff Golden, Glenda Neal and Cheryl Pegues.

(Follow-up from May 17 story) United Way’s Tate County, MS allocations committee met Monday, May 23 over lunch at First Tennessee Bank in Senatobia, MS to discuss the distribution of funds to partner agencies in Tate.

“We try to give our agencies what they need every year,” said Suzy Hawkins, committee chair.

The committee discussed allocations for 14 United Way partner agencies, and much of the discussion at the May 23rd meeting focused on the needs of the area’s three volunteer fire departments (Arkabutla, Coldwater, and District One). Last year, volunteers directed 7% to programs helping children and youth succeed, 50% to efforts strengthening families and neighborhoods, and 43% to work that improves health for adults and seniors.

The allocations volunteers live in Tate, and the funds that are distributed were given to United Way by people who live in the county. The committee will meet throughout the summer to further discuss the year’s funding decisions.

The committee is led by chairwoman Suzy Hawkins (Peoples Bank-a division of First Tennessee). Also serving in this effort are committee members Cliff Golden (Bancorpsouth), Kay Minton (City Clerk, RET), Janie Mortimer (Tate County Economic Development Foundation), Glenda Neal (Tate County Economic Development Foundation), Judy O’Neal (Entergy RET), Cheryl Pegues (Carlisle Syntec) and Greg Smith (RR Donnelly).

If you are interested in serving as one of our United Way allocations volunteers, please contact Janet Haas in our Community Impact department at 901.433.4333 or janet.haas@uwmidsouth.org

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