Oxford/Lafayette Community Service Agencies
We would like to thank United Way of Oxford and Lafayette County for providing the following list of resources.
2010/11 Volunteer Opportunities for Lafayette County
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Agencies/Organizations Offering Volunteer Opportunities in Lafayette County
Ability Works 662-234-0857
Contact: Beverly Danahy, Evaluator, Marva Paul, Director, Sharon Young, New Facility Director 662-234-2723
Provides evaluation & job training opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Contracts with local businesses to provide quality products & services while clients learn vocational skills in a real work situation. Can use volunteers who like: education & tutoring, helping disabled adults, mentoring, to hold mock interviews with clients, and job shadow a client.
American Heart Association 662-753-9969
Contact: Gay Smith, N MS Regional Director Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission is to reduce disability & death from cardiovascular disease & stroke. Heart disease is the #1 killer in Lafayette Co. & the U.S. Can use volunteers who like: fundraising and newsletter/marketing/PR.
American Red Cross 662-236-1282
Contact: James T. “Bebo” Howell, Director
Provides relief to fire victims & victims of other disasters, disaster training, emergency communication active duty military & their families, health & safety programs training and disaster training, & international tracing & messaging. Can use volunteers who like: computer assistance, counseling, disaster response, education, fundraising, newsletter/publicity, office work, and volunteer training.
Angel Food Ministries 662-234-2943
Contact: Jenise Draper, Coordinator
, Rhonda Miller Email: email@example.com or
Provides affordable frozen and fresh food at an affordable price to the community. Everyone qualifies -- no income eligibility. Can use volunteers who like: to help with food assistance.
Angel Ranch 662-234 3320
Contact: Sue Stone Turner, Executive Director
Angel Ranch is a shelter for children who missioin is to serve as a beacon of hope and comfort for abused children by providing them with a nurturing home that is safe and secure. Can use volunteers to help with food assistance, fundraising, holiday activities, newsletters, public relations, publicity, and marketing.
Azalea Gardens/Senior Living Community 662-234-9600
Contact: Martha Atleniak, Activities Director 877-309-9600
Sandra Enfinger, Administrator
Retirement community offers 80 apartments for assisted living senior adults. Services include emergency call systems, transportation, entertainment, & activities. Can use volunteers who like: to help with daily activities, bingo, weekly socials, presentations, and working with senior adults.
Baptist Home Care & Hospice 800-345-6928
Contact: Julie Wright, Volunteer Coordinator
Home Care provides skilled nursing care, therapy, social work, & certified nursing assistants for ill, injured, elderly, disabled, or convalescing individuals in their own homes upon physician’s request. Can use volunteers who like: to help with holiday activities, office work, typing, filing, special projects, volunteer training, companionship, and spiritual counseling.
Best Friend Program (North MS Regional Center) 662-513-7684
Contact: B.J. Davis, Volunteer Coordinator
Program, based on shared interests, was established to help provide community contact with NMRC clients, usually in the form of cards, email, taking walks, coaching, teaching & visits. Programs are designed to help clients achieve maximum levels of independence & self-sufficiency. Can use volunteers who like: arts & crafts, helping disabled, holiday activities, accompanying clients on outings, and sports/recreation. Special Olympics and related activities.
Boy Scouts, Yocona Area Council 662-202-6787
Contact: John Paul Nix, Chicksa District Executive
Youth-serving agency for boys from 1st grade to 21 years of age; also, girls ages 13-21. Has a proud tradition of preparing young people for leadership with character-building programs that instill timeless values. Can use volunteers who like: counseling, special projects, volunteer training, and building maintenance/construction.
Boys & Girls Club of North Mississippi
Barksdale Clubhouse of the LOU Community 662-832-0602
Contact: Christy Grice, Director
Other Contact: Troy Trout, Chief Professional Officer—662-841-6504
Provides an after school program each weekday for youth ages 6-18. Mission is to inspire & enable all youth to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens. Can use volunteers who like: animals, arts & crafts, computer assistance, education & tutoring, holiday activities, mentoring, providing refreshments, sports, recreation, and volunteer training.
Bramlett Elementary School 662-234-2685
Contact: Karen Akey, Office Manager
Public school serving grades pre-K-1. Can use volunteers who like: arts & crafts, education & tutoring, holiday activities, providing refreshments, and yard maintenance.
Chamber of Commerce 662-234-4651
Contacts: Max Hipp, President
Pam Swain, Vice President
Provides programs & services to enhance the business climate and the quality of life in the community at large. Can use volunteers who like: office work, working with the retirement community, and Double Decker Spring Run.
Christmas Store 662-638-4133
Contact: Tom Kingery
A community-wide effort in cooperation with The Rotary Club of Oxford-Ole Miss and the Interfaith Compassion Ministry to share the job of Christmas giving by providing toys for children of eligible families in Lafayette County and Oxford who might not otherwise have Christmas. Can use volunteers who like: arts & crafts, fundraising, holiday activities, and marketing/public relations.
Civil Air Patrol—Mississippi Wing (Steve Launius Squadron) 662-281-8194
Contact: Major Eric Hudzinski, Squadron Commander
Performs missions for America such as U.S. Inland Search & Rescue.
Can use volunteers for help with disaster response, education, tutoring, mentoring, volunteer training, and youth leadership training.
Della Davidson Elementary School 662-236-4870
Contact: Dr. Martha McLarty, Principal
Public school serving grades 4 and 5. Can use volunteers who like: arts & crafts, education & tutoring, holiday activities, providing refreshments, and yard maintenance.
Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, Inc. 601-957-7878
Contact: Irena McClain, N. MS Regional Manager or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Provides hope through programs, research & services for all Mississippians from children to seniors, with diabetes. Can use volunteers who like: arts & crafts, support groups, counseling, fundraising, medical intervention, marketing/PR, office work, special projects, and recreation. Help is needed with Mississippi’s Walk for Diabetes in October & Camp Hopewell during the summer and special events.
Domestic Violence Project 662-236-5026
Contact: Talunja Eskridge, Executive Director & Volunteer Coordinator 800-227-5764
Email: email@example.com Web: http://www.domesticviolenceprojectinc.com
Provides emergency crisis intervention, temporary shelter, in-house & outreach counseling, advocacy information (legal, financial, etc.) for victims of family violence. Can use volunteers who like: support groups, education & tutoring, crisis intervention, office work, transportation, and yard and building maintenance.
Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi 800-898-0291
Contact: Beth Scarbrough, Executive Director
Statewide non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention & cure of seizure disorders, the alleviation of their effects & the improvement of quality of life for people with epilepsy. Can use volunteers at camp, to work on a fundraising golf tournament, help with puppet shows, children’s programs, and Dotty Day.
Exchange Club Family Center 662-234-4255
Contact: Fred Johnson, Director
Works with families, first-time teen mothers & school-aged children to educate & attempt to reduce the risk of child abuse and also with youth in anger management sessions & with Grandparents Raising Grandchildren through a support group. Can use volunteers who like: support groups, fundraising, mentoring, and marketing/public relations. Volunteers are needed to help with SCAN (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect) puppet shows.
Family Crisis Services of NW MS 662-234-9929
Contact: Jennifer Milliner, Volunteer Coordinator
Provides 24-hour crisis intervention, counseling, legal advocacy & referral for victims of child abuse, sexual assault, & friends & family of homicide victims. Provides comprehensive family services including support groups, and counseling. Provides prevention education throughout the community. Can use volunteers who like: support groups, counseling, education & tutoring, fundraising, crisis intervention, host family activities, marketing/PR, special projects, volunteer training, and prevention education.
Foster Grandparent Program 662-513-7766
Contact: Arledia Bennett, Director
662-232-2773 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Provides meaningful volunteer opportunities for persons 60 years or older to render supportive services to children with special or exceptional needs; 20 hours per week with tax-free stipend, transportation allowance, insurance & noon meal. Can use volunteers who like: education & tutoring, helping individuals with developmental disabilities, and mentoring.
Girl Scouts Heart of the South 800-727-8104
Volunteer Contact: Lori Brougher 901-767-1440
World’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls, where girls build character & skills for success in the real world and, in partnership with committed adults, develop strong values & conviction about their potential & self worth. Can use volunteers who like: arts & crafts, sports & recreation, transportation, and volunteer training.
Graceland Care Center 662-234-7821
Contact: Ley Falkner, Administrator Email: email@example.com
Resource for skilled and long term care. Also provides short term stays and all three disciplines of physical therapy for the outpatient. Can use volunteers who like: arts and crafts enrichment, counseling, holidays, host family activities, and mentoring.
Habitat for Humanity
Contacts: Volunteer Coordinator: Julie Drott 662-236-5966
Saturday Lunch Coordinator: Julie Drott 662-234-2188
Builds decent, affordable housing. Deserving families are selected by need, willingness to devote “sweat equity hours,” & ability to pay an interest free mortgage. Can use volunteers who like: construction, providing lunch & refreshments, special skills projects, volunteer training, fundraising, and marketing/public relations.
Hermitage Gardens 662-234-8244
Contacts: Barbara McLaurin
Emails: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Assisted living residence for older adults which provides medication management, meals, laundry, housekeeping & a variety of exercise, art & spiritual opportunities with special unit for individuals with Alzheimer's related illnesses & adult day services & respite care. Can use volunteers to: help with activities, play bingo, visit one-on-one, help with special events, and serve as guest lecturers on any subject.
Interfaith Compassion Ministry 662-281-1002
Contact: Lena Wiley, Director
Exists for the purpose of assisting people within Lafayette Co. through crisis situations by providing for their basic needs & the needs of their families. Can use volunteers who like: fundraising, holiday activities,office work.
International Programs, University of Mississippi 662-915-7404
Contact: Donna Chappell, Administrative Coordinator
Provides services for international students, scholars & faculty including
incoming orientation, application & international document processing, &
special event programming. Can use volunteers who like: to host home stays or holiday stays, computer assistance, education & tutoring, food assistance, fundraising, holiday activities, host family activities, marketing/PR, office work, and special projects.
Lafayette County 4-H 662-234-4451
Contact: Margaret N. Webb, Extension Agent 4-H
Work with youth 8-18 years of age. Through this leadership activity & hands-on programs, youth develop skills & abilities to become productive citizens of the county, state, & country. Can use volunteers to share their knowledge of animals, arts & crafts, holiday activities, office work, and other skills.
Lafayette County Literacy Council 662-234-4234
Contact: Susan Phillips, Director
Committed to raising the level of literacy in Lafayette Co. Mission is to promote literacy as a value in every family by providing free children’s books, parent education, & one-on-one tutoring. Helps people learn to read so that they can read to learn. Can use volunteers to read aloud to children & to help in other ways.
Lafayette County/Oxford Public Library 662-234-5751
Contact: Dorothy Fitts, Librarian
Public library. Can use volunteers to serve as helpers during children’s craft programs, as hostesses for both children’s & adult events, for the library census four times per year, to make cookies & brownies, shelve books and donate popcorn for the popcorn machine.
Leap Frog 662-234-2411
Contact: Teresa Adams, Executive Director 662-801-9698
After-school tutoring & enrichment program for 1st & 2nd graders serving students in 3 locations. Can use volunteers who like: arts & crafts, education & tutoring, food assistance, fundraising, holiday activities, mentoring, marketing/PR , providing refreshments, research, special projects, sports/recreation, and providing transportation.
LIFE (Living Independence for Everyone)-Tupelo 662-844-6633
Contact: Michael Sullivan, Regional Director
Assists individuals with disabilities in living as independently as possible; dedicated to the empowerment of people with significant disabilities. Can use volunteers who like: support groups, counseling, fundraising, helping people of all ages with significant disabilities, office work, and make wheelchair ramps (will buy supplies).
LOU-HOME, Inc. 662-801-5280
Contact: Fred Laurenzo
Collaborates with governments, businesses, organizations, and citizens to increase the affordability of quality homes for citizens of Lafayette, Oxford, and University communities; also provides support and encouragement for successful ownership of these homes. Can use volunteers who like: fundraising, public relations/marketing, office work, and gardening.
Manna: A Feeding Ministry 662-234-1269
Contact: Jan Oller, Chaplin
Feeding ministry for less-fed residents and needy persons in Oxford. On most Thursdays, hot meals are prepared for dine-in or delivery by volunteers. Can use volunteers who like: food assistance, health/medical/crisis intervention, helping disabled children & adults, retirement community, transportation, to identify the less-fed and marginalized in the community.
March of Dimes 662-844-6901
Contact: Kelly Brewer, Division Director
Mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, pre-mature birth, and infant mortality. Can use volunteers who like: fundraising, marketing/public relations, special projects.
Mary Cathey Head Start - ICS 662-234-3230
Contact: Linda McAdory, Director
Quality preschool for ages 3-4, NAEYC accredited, serving ages 3-4, well trained staff providing age appropriate activities, offering dental & medical services. Can use volunteers who like: arts & crafts, child care, education, fundraising, holiday activities, office work, providing refreshments, yard & building maintenance, and literacy projects.
Meals on Wheels 662-281-8383
Contact: Carolyn Brassell, Coordinator (8am-12 noon M-F)
Delivers meals to the homebound & elderly of Oxford-Lafayette Co.
Can use volunteers who like: to assist with food and meal delivery and help with food and activities at congregate meal site at Stone Center.
MS Dept. of Rehabilitation Services (
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind)
Contact: Jamilia Ivy, Independent Living Services Instructor
Independent living services for the legally blind, 55 & older, including: skills training referrals & aids & appliances. Can use volunteers who like: helping disabled adults, helping with transportation, visiting, and reading mail.
More Than a Meal 662-801-4712
Contact: Kristy Bridgers Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission is to help needy families in Oxford, MS, to get back on their feet by providing: nutritious meals served each Tuesday at 5:00 PM, in a courteous manner, in a pleasant environment; educational tutoring to school age children; and essential toiletries needed for health. Meals will be at the Stone Center on Washington Ave. Can use volunteers: to assist in meal service and tutoring.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) 601-982-5668
Contact: Tricia Raymond, State Executive Director
Shantay Griffith, Youth Programs
Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Provides assistance to victims of impaired driving crashes; provides educational programs to middle and high schools, and Youth In Action Teams and a UMADD campus chapter. Can use volunteers who are: comfortable talking to people, willing to help with fundraising, committed to reducing impaired driving and underage drinking, and want to help with legislation and court monitoring.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society 800-344-4867
Contact: Angie Jackson, Development Coordinator 601-856-5831
Mission is to end the effects of multiple sclerosis by fundraising for MS Programs and research -- Walks in the spring, Bike ride in October. Can use volunteers who like: helping with education and fundraising. Office volunteers
North Mississippi Hospice of Oxford 662-234-0140
Contact: Patsy Rainey, Volunteer Coordinator
Provides specialized care for terminally ill patients & their families; goal of treatment is pain management & symptom control; services include nursing, social services, chaplain services, bereavement counseling. Can use volunteers: to assist with terminally ill patients & their families, companionship, support, entertainment, light housekeeping, errands, and clerical work.
North Mississippi Rural Legal Services (NMRLS) 662-234-2918
Contact: Catherine V. “Ginny” Kilgore
Provides free legal representation to low income & elderly individuals on civil matters. Can use volunteers who like: office work, research, and volunteer training.
Oxford Elementary School 662-234-3497
Contact: Evelyn Smith, Principal
A National Blue Ribbon School serving students in grades 2 and 3. Can
use volunteers who like: arts & crafts, computer assistance, counseling, disaster response, education & tutoring, food assistance, holiday activities, mentoring, marketing/PR, office work, providing refreshments, grounds maintenance, and sports/recreation.
Oxford High School 662-234-1562
Contact: Bill Hovious, Principal
Comprehensive public high school serving grades 9-12 . Can use volunteers who like: education, tutoring, and mentoring.
Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society 662-236-7631
Contact: Hattie Alton, Development Coordinator 662-801-1141
Serves the citizens & animals of Oxford & Lafayette County; provides shelter & care to homeless animals; prevents animal abuse & neglect; pet therapy at nursing homes. Can use volunteers who like: to work with animals & to help with fundraising events.
Oxford-Lafayette Recycling 662-232-2745
Contact: Amberlyn Liles, Recycling Coordinator
Provides citizens with recycling services & makes community aware of recycling benefits to the environment & to the health of our citizens. Can use volunteers who like: helping disabled, office work, marketing/public relations, and cleaning.
Oxford Learning Center (Central Office) 662-234-3588
Contact: Dr. Charles Dodson, Director
Alternative education program designed for at-risk youth who are either behind their peers academically or who have experienced behavior problems in the regular school setting. Can use volunteers who like: education & tutoring, mentoring, providing refreshments, and special projects.
Oxford Lions Club 662-832-3554
Contact: Reba Bland Contact for Eyeglasses: Rhonda C. Swider 662-513-5615 Fax: 662-513-5616 Email: email@example.com
Gives assistance to sight and hearing impaired individuals, such as sight screening, donation of eyeglasses and hearing aids and collection of used eyeglasses for redistribution. Produces the annual Christmas parade and refers individuals for eye surgery. Can use volunteers to help with: food assistance, fundraising, health/medical/crisis intervention helping disabled children & adults, holiday activities, newsletter/publicity/public relations/marketing, and special projects.
Oxford Medical Ministries Clinic 662-234-1374
Contact: Marlene Bishop, Executive Director
Free clinic serves the needs of the uninsured working members of Lafayette and Yalobusha Counties. Provides these individuals with access to community resources related to primary medical care. Can use volunteers who like: health/medical/follow-up, newsletter, publicity, public relations, marketing, office and computer work, clerical support and form completion.
Oxford Middle School 662-234-2288
Contact: Patrick Robinson
Public school serving grades 6,7, & 8. Can use volunteers who like: education, tutoring, and mentoring.
Oxford Tourism Council 662-234-4680
Contact: Kinney Ferris, Office Manager
Enhances the quality of life & economic vitality of Oxford by promoting Oxford as a travel destination. Can use volunteers who like: tourism or working with Double Decker Festival.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) 662-232-2377
Contact: Arledia Bennett, Director
Places seniors (55 years of age and older) in community to utilize their talents; transportation (bus) for eligible seniors. Can use volunteers who like: arts & crafts, education & tutoring, mentoring, and working with the retirement community.
Retiree Attraction Program, Oxford-Lafayette Co. Economic Development Foundation
Contact: Christy Knapp, Director
Markets Oxford-Lafayette County to potential retirees through various means & provides activities & group fellowship with other retirees through the Oxford Newcomers Club. Can use volunteers who like: marketing/PR, providing refreshments, working with the retirement community, and special projects.
Salvation Army 662-236-2260
Contact: Lisa Coleman, Director
Provides local residents with financial assistance for utilities, medication, & clothing; provides furniture & clothing for victims of fires & other emergencies. Can use volunteers: to help keep the store tidy and ring the bell during the Christmas season.
Scott Center 662-232-2860
Contact: Minnie Gates-Powell
Educational services for mentally & physically challenged students aged 3-21. Can use volunteers who like: education & tutoring, helping disabled children, holiday activities, mentoring, providing refreshments.
Special Olympics 662-513-7847
Contact: Terry Shinall, Area 4 Director
Year-round sports training & programming for persons with mental retardation. Local, area, state, regional & international events; 24 sports. Can use volunteers who like: helping persons with developmental disabilities, special projects, sports/recreation.
United Blood Services 662-842-8871
Contact: Christy Scheuer, Donor Recruitment Rep.
Collects blood from volunteer donors to supply blood for all of Lafayette County and surrounding hospitals. Blood drives in Oxford will have varying times at each individual location. Can use volunteers to help with: fundraising, office work, providing refreshments, volunteer training, contacting donors, and organizing blood drives.
United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County 662-236-4265
Contact: Moni Reynolds, Assistant Director
Brings the community together to help those in need through an annual campaign to support local nonprofit agencies, serves as a resource in identifying & assessing community needs, provides information about community services, and promotes volunteerism. Can use volunteers who like: fundraising, marketing/PR, office work, and special projects.
Very Special Arts 662-513-7845
Contact: Duke Hussey, Festival Coordinator
Promotes the creative power in people with disabilities through the fine arts. Can use volunteers who like: arts & crafts, helping disabled, and special projects.
Veterans Home, State of Mississippi 662-236-7641
Contact: Shirley Glasgow 662-236-1218
150 bed long-term nursing facility that serves veterans and their spouses. Can use volunteers who like: arts & crafts/enrichment, helping adults, holiday activities, providing refreshments, volunteer training, and 1-on-1 visits.
Yoknapatawpha Arts Council 662-236-6429
Contact: Wayne Andrews, Executive Director
The official arts agency of Oxford-Lafayette Co., celebrates, promotes & provides access to the arts to all people; Can use volunteers who like: arts & crafts, computer assistance, fundraising, holiday activities, marketing/pr, office work, providing refreshments, special projects.
Volunteer! Get Connected!
A column in the Oxford Eagle each month lists current volunteer opportunities. (Usually published the last week of each month.) Contact Kathy Sukanek (662-236-4265, firstname.lastname@example.org) to include your information in the Volunteer! Get Connected! column.
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