Volunteer Spotlight: Betty Jo Dulaney, United Way volunteer in Tunica County, MS

Betty Jo Dulaney

Betty Jo Dulaney is no stranger to helping someone in need. Her 20 years of volunteer service continues to make a difference in improving education for individuals and families every day in Tunica County.

Dulaney has helped people learn to read and/or improve their reading skills through numerous programs at the Tunica Literary Council, one of United Way’s network agency partners. The Council’s programs include literacy classes, pre-GED and GED skills classes, family literacy workshops, Mother Read/Father Read programs and tutoring at the recreation center for fire and disaster safety.

Wanting to reach even more citizens of Tunica County, Dulaney established a reading program at the county jail that enrolled 10 people. She also instigated the “Dress for Success” program, which helps women pick the proper attire when going for job interviews.

The driving force for Dulaney is to see former students who are successful and improving their lives.

“I love people and I realize that if you are going to enjoy life, you need to appreciate education,” she said. “The world is changing so education is necessary.”

Dulaney looks at her success as making a difference one person, one child and one family at a time in the Mississippi Delta.

“Our program at the Tunica Literacy Council has grown to serve adults and youth,” she said. “We also have a strong child development program in house. United Way of the Mid-South has been a strong supporter of our efforts through the years. There are lots of both funny and sad stories that I can tell. Many of our adult learners have gone on to be leaders in the community.”

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