The United Way of East Mississippi in Neshoba County will kick off their 2018-2019 campaign season on Thursday, September 20 at Community Development Partnership at The Depot for an 8 a.m. breakfast. The 2018 – 2019 campaign theme is a carnival theme, “Step Right Up.”

The United Way of East Mississippi’s campaign officially started on September 6th and will run until the end of February 2019. Derron Radcliff, Executive Director of the United Way of East Mississippi says, “Kick off is an exciting time for the United Way of East Mississippi and we are looking forward to going forth and telling the United Way story throughout the next six to seven months. I have faith that the community will, Step Right Up and give to help impact the community to help make it a better place for all who live and work in East Mississippi.”

Each year, the United Way of East Mississippi runs a campaign to raise funds to continue the mission of assisting partner agencies and United Way impact programs in Clarke, Kemper, Lauderdale, and Neshoba Counties. If interested in having a workplace campaign, please call 601-693-2732 for more information.

United Way programs benefit several different people in the community. For instance, recently students at Philadelphia and Neshoba Central elementary schools received a  boon of nearly $5,000 thanks to contributions in the United Way's Stuff the Bus campaign.

According to United Way Neshoba County Campaign Coordinator Marie Partridge, approximately $1,900 of materials including school supplies and new or gently worn uniforms were donated during the group’s recent campaign, held prior to the school year.

Partridge added that nearly $3,000 in cash was donated, bringing the unofficial final total to $4,900 contributed.

"I think it went really well," Partridge said. "We did pretty well our first year (last year) and we had a very good result this year."

Partridge said that with the money contributed as part of the campaign more items can be purchased for students at local schools. 

All of the money and items donated go back to area schools. 

Partridge said that once all of the items are collected, they will be divided and distributed to Philadelphia and Neshoba elementary schools for distribution to the individual students.