United Way held a gathering to celebrate the start of the fundraising season earlier this week in Tunica, MS and to share the news that United Way is investing nearly $99,000 to support partner nonprofit agencies in the county.
The celebration on downtown Tunica’s School Street featured key United Way volunteers, representatives from network partner agencies, corporate partners, community leaders and United Way staff.
Lyn Arnold, President and Chief Executive Officer at the Tunica Chamber of Commerce serves as a United Way Allocations Chairwoman. Arnold said this presentation shows how supporting United Way helps the community.
“We have some really great agencies in Tunica County that are funded by United Way, and we’re glad to recognize them today,” Arnold said.
“We are very confident that the agencies are using their money wisely. Of course, without our donors, we would not be able to fund these agencies. We just want to say thank you to our donors. These are people who give a portion of each paycheck to United Way. We have seen an increase in the money we have to give to Tunica agencies over the last three years. In this economy, that is really saying something.”
United Way funds thirteen agencies in Tunica County. Representatives from Girl Scouts Heart of the South, the American Red Cross and Tunica Literacy Council were present at the gathering. (Related: for a list of United Way network partner agencies working in each county, click here.)
Regina Walker, United Way’s Senior Vice President of Community Engagement and Alignment told the crowd that United Way wants to help make Tunica “the best it can be.”
“We’re here to celebrate collectively, and we want to thank you for allowing us to be partners,” Walker said. “Our corporate partners are the engines behind this, and we want to thank them for giving back to the community.”
Agency leaders shared how their agencies have been fortunate to receive United Way funds, and continue to do good work for citizens in Tunica.
“A lot of our team members have utilized United Way network services,” said Chris Wade, Advertising Manager for Sam’s Town and a United Way employee campaign manager.
“This is about United Way. We have been partnering with United Way for some time. It’s all about bettering our community, and that’s what United Way does!” Wade said.