United Way improves and promotes the physical and mental health of our community. We strive to increase the number of healthy youth and adults and have them avoid risky behaviors. Thirty-five percent of United Way of Southeast Mississippi’s overall community investment is devoted to health-related programs.

Community Investment Partners in this area include:

The Arc (Association for Rights of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities)
The Arc provides many services to individuals with mental retardation and other disabilities and their families.
Domestic Abuse Family Shelter
This organization offers temporary shelter, counseling and a variety of other services to victims of domestic violence, along with prevention programs to the community.
D.R.E.A.M. of Hattiesburg (Drug-free Resources for Education and Alternatives in Mississippi)
DREAM provides drug and alcohol awareness and prevention and an after-school enrichment program to help youth and families lead healthy, drug-free lifestyles.
The Family YMCA
The Family YMCA's programs emphasize physical fitness and healthy lifestyles.
Pinebelt Association for Families
This organization offers health, nutrition, recreational and support programs for families in which grandparents or other relatives are raising grandchildren.
Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention
The Shafer Center provides support, counseling and referral for victims of sexual violence, homicide and families of suicide victims.
South Mississippi Children’s Center
This shelter offers temporary housing and support for abused, neglected, runaway and homeless children.