We all benefit when our community improves. When a child has quality EDUCATION, he will likely grow to be FINANCIALLY STABLE. And a person who is financially stable will have more access to HEALTHCARE and will rely less on SUPPORT SERVICES. This impacts everyone in our community and enhances our quality of life.
Every dollar you give to United Way helps improve people’s lives. How? There is strength in numbers. We take your donation and increase its power by adding it to others. Then United Way invests in worthwhile local programs that are meeting needs in our area. It takes many volunteers and many donors LIVING UNITED to make it work.
Your gift to United Way helps people you know - your neighbors, your co-workers, your child’s classmates. We encourage you to LIVE UNITED and please support United Way. We need your help to make a difference in Southeast Mississippi.
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Message from our Vice Chair of the Board
Name: Susan Yarrow
Company: Public Relations Manager, Hattiesburg Clinic PA
Servant. What exactly does this word mean to you? Webster’s defines servant as “one that serves others.” There is a sense of pride that comes with serving others and it is vital to the success of our communities. I made the decision to serve years ago as my daughter’s troop leader for Girl Scouts, a United Way (UW) partner. At that time, I also became a UW donor. Through my time with Girl Scouts, I learned about the impact UW makes in our communities and that is why, after 27 years, I continue to be a servant with this organization.
This year, I have been given the honor to serve as the Vice Chair of United Way of Southeast Mississippi (UWSEMS). This role involves helping with the 2016 UW Campaign. I have teamed together with other dedicated volunteers to spread awareness about the ways in which UW’s 19 partner agencies are working in Forrest, Lamar, Perry and Marion counties to help our children become better students, to help men and women who are in abusive relationships find counseling and safety, to help residents become financially independent or to help those with disadvantages have an improved quality of life. By doing this, we inform others of resources that they may not be aware are offered in our area, as well as share the opportunity for other community members to serve.
UWSEMS is strong, growing and making a positive impact on our communities because of you. Thank you for all you do to serve. Because of you, we make a difference.  
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