United Way of Southeast Mississippi (UWSEMS) is currently accepting applications for its COVID-19 Relief Program. The program is made possible through corporate and individual donations to provide assistance to households in our service areas that have lost income due to measures taken to slow the spread of COVID-19. Assistance will be awarded to households through an application process and can be utilized to pay rent and utility bills (power, water, and natural gas) that are past due at the time of application.
Eligible applicants must:
  • Live in one of the UWSEMS service areas of Forrest, Lamar, Marion, and Perry Counties
  • Be able to show proof of lost employment or reduced pay due to COVID-19 (employer notification, unemployment documentation)
  • Show proof that rent or utility bills are past due at the time of application
Please allow 5-7 business days for applications to be processed. Note: funds will be paid directly to a certified landlord and the utility companies, not to the applicant.
To apply for assistance, fill out the form HERE.

This fund program is made possible by donations from generous corporate and individual donors. If you would like to make a donation, click below OR send check/money order to P.O. Box 1648, Hattiesburg, MS 39403. Every dollar counts!



The Mississippi Association of United Ways is supporting communities across Mississippi struggling to cope with COVID-19. As part of this effort, we are asking Mississippians to join us in a meaningful cause called the #bettertogetherMS campaign! You can participate by purchasing a #bettertogetherMS T-shirt, and then post a video or photo of yourself telling us what you're doing with your time at home. DIY projects? Newfound hobbies? What are you learning in homeschool? Be sure to use the hashtag #bettertogetherMS in your post.

The goal is to spread awareness and positivity and to remind our great state that, together, we can make it through this - but first, we must continue to stay home. Also, by purchasing a shirt, you will help provide basic assistance to households who have lost income due to COVID-19. 100% of the money from T-shirts will provide relief to those across Mississippi left vulnerable by this pandemic.

Click here to order your shirt!



If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and develop symptoms, you may need to seek medical attention. Hattiesburg Clinic and Forrest General Hospital have partnered to offer a Cough and Fever Clinic in Hattiesburg. Details about the clinic can be found HERE. Additionally, the Mississippi State Department of Health has set up the Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline, available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Should you have any questions or concerns about the Coronavirus, please call: 877-978-6453.


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued several guidelines to limit travel, gatherings and social distancing. The CDC has launched a website,, that details these guidelines and provides an updated account of confirmed COVID-19 cases and their locations. For updates from the state level, click HERE.


We recognize that the Coronavirus could potentially impact the people we serve, as well as our partner agencies. We encourage any of our partner agencies that are providing services during the COVID-19 crisis to reach out to us should they need anything.

The following are ongoing operational updates provided by some of our partner agencies:

Aldersgate Mission

Lessons are continuing online through Compass Learning. Students who have computers and tablets at home can access the site via the following steps:

  1. Go to
  2. On the purple screen, type in: "first name-last name" as Username; type "am" for Password.

Starting March 30, free grab and go meals will be available 12-1 pm, Monday through Friday, for those 18 years and younger. Child must be present; first come, first serve.

​To keep up with ongoing updates from Aldersgate Mission, follow their Facebook page.

Children's Center for Communication & Development

Offices are closed to the public but therapy will continue via online platforms on March 30. Hours of therapy will vary based on therapists' and families' schedules. If you have any questions, email

Domestic Abuse Family Shelter

Still accepting applications; however, applicants will be asked COVID-19 screening questions to keep residents safe.

Dubard School for Language Disorders

Closed through April 17, 2020.

Edwards Street Fellowship Center
  • Food Pantry: Extended hours through 4/3 - Mon., Tues., Wed., 9am-2pm; Thurs., Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 3/21, 9am-Noon
  • Thrift Store: Closed until further notice.
  • Health Clinic: Not currently accepting new patients
Family YMCA

Both facilities are closed and will reopen as soon as public health and safety can be assured. Emergency childcare will be provided for Forrest General Hospital health care workers if matters worsen. Member service reps available by phone at 601-583-4000. They are currently working on distributing virtual resources to members.

Habitat for Humanity

Office and ReStore Warehouse will be closed to the public, beginning 3/23. Donation pick-ups are suspended, along with home ownership classes. Mortgage payments can be placed in the dropbox at the office M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm, or mailed to PO Box 1092, Hattiesburg 39403.

Kids Hub Child Advocacy Center

Staff has enacted emergency telework policy through 3/31. Requests will continue to be reviewed and operations will continue through an online forum rather than in-person meetings.

Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention

Offering scheduled appointments only on a staggered schedule. 24-hour hotline is still available (601-264-7777). No prevention trainings are being scheduled at this time. Volunteers are continuing to be accepted; however, training is mostly online and via phone/email.


Our volunteer center, Volunteer Southeast Mississippi, is collecting nonprofit volunteer needs and requests. For more information, contact us at

Looking for ways to help? Read about ways you can volunteer here.


We are taking preventative measures to protect the health and well being of our staff and community. Our office will be closed to the general public starting Friday, 3/20, and until further notice. The United Way staff will be working remotely during this time and can be reached by calling 601-545-7141 or via email. All employee emails are listed HERE or you may email United Way team members are planning on attending virtual meetings when possible; however, all of our March and April events are being rescheduled. We will be honoring all CDC recommendations when it comes to events and meetings.


You may be one of the thousands who have experienced loss of income or medical benefits because of COVID-19. Through United Way's partnership with FamilyWize and association with Mississippi Drug Card, local residents benefit from free prescription savings cards.

About FamilyWize

The free FamilyWize prescription savings card immediately lowers the cost of prescription medications by an average of 45% and can be used whether or not you have insurance. The card is accepted at most major retail pharmacies. Registration is not required and there is no eligiblity criteria to use it. FamilyWize also offers free customer support to help coordinate prescription medication delivery from participating pharmacies.

To learn more or to start using FamilyWize's services, click below to download a free flier and prescription savings card:

FamilyWize Savings Card (English)

FamilyWize Savings Card (Espanol)

About Mississippi Drug Card

There is no income, age, pre-existing condition, deductible, residency or waiting period restrictions to use the Mississippi Drug Card program. The program is designed to help patients who do not have prescription drug coverage or who have coverage but are subject to large deductibles, large co-pays, forumlary limitations, dosing limitations, gaps, and/or any cash out-of-pocket expenses. The program includes discounts on all FDA-approved medications, both brand and generic. Customers can save up to 80% at more than 68,000 pharmacies nationwide.

Click below for an informational Coronavirus flier from Mississippi Drug Card and access to the presciption savings card:

MS Drug Card - Symptoms of Coronavirus


Continuing your child's education is critical during this time to help them stay on track for their next grade level. We realize how challenging it is to take on the role of teacher on top of the responsibility of parenting. That's why we've compiled this list of 100 Online Learning Resources for Children and Adults to help make learning easy and fun for your kid and you.

Click the image below to download this interactive pdf!