About Us


Our Mission

Cultivate partnerships in our community to improve lives through education, financial stability and healthy living. 

Our Goal

United Way of Southeast Mississippi is a local non-profit organization that strives to make a positive impact in Forrest, Lamar, Perry and Marion counties. By providing funds to partnering non-profit agencies, United Way addresses community issues in four impact areas: education, financial stability, health, and support services.
With the help of many dedicated volunteers, we work to use the community’s donations as effectively as possible to meet the needs of our area. We encourage everyone to join us in our efforts to LIVE UNITED.

Funds Distribution

The Community Impact Committee is comprised of about 35 volunteers representing a cross section of the community. The committee assesses how local non-profit agencies are meeting the community’s needs in the areas of education, financial stability, health and support services.  After carefully reviewing grant applications and conducting in-person interviews, the committee evaluates the most effective way to distribute United Way funds to the agencies that have applied. It is the committee’s responsibility to ensure that each donor’s campaign contributions are invested in closely-monitored local programs.
To view details about how much funding is provided to the agencies, view our most recent annual report.

Designated Donations

Donations designated to specific agencies are allocated by separate stream funding. This means that the designations, less applicable campaign expenses, are paid directly to qualified agencies.
If you are interested in getting involved with United Way of Southeast Mississippi or its partner agencies,  learn more about volunteering.
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