MVSU continues support of United Way during kick-off

October 11, 2017

ITTA BENA-- Mississippi Valley State University pledged to continue its support of a local non-profit Tuesday during the “United Way Kick-Off” event.

Hosted at 11 a.m. in the Sutton Administration Building, the annual event was a chance for campus members to receive information as well as begin or renew their commitment to the United Way of Leflore County (UWLC), which supports 11 local charities.

 “When we say your money stays here, it really does,” said to UWLC Executive Director Courtney Kimmel during the event.  “Each and every one of the agencies we support are great. They are really making a huge impact in this community.”

According to MVSU United Way Chairperson Margaret Clark, the university is well on its way, already receiving 65 percent of its $5,000 goal over three weeks.

“We really appreciate the support of our MVSU family,” said Clark. “This is definitely a worthy event that we’ve been participating in the past few years, and we’ve been able to consistently exceed our $5,000 benchmark.”

MVSU Acting President Jerryl Briggs said the university is committed to supporting the local community through agencies like the United Way.

“We are a part of this broader community, so we want to do all that we can to support their efforts,” said Briggs. “We’re going to make sure that we continue to meet our goal--We won’t let them down this year.”

The Leflore County United Way is designed to identify the needs of the community and bring together the resources necessary to have a positive impact on the people of Leflore County.

Agencies currently supported by the organization include Beacon Harbor; Boy Scouts of America; Boys & Girls Club; Community Food Pantry; Delta Grace; Fuller Center for Housing; Gim Community Kitchen; Girls Scouts Heart of the South; Leflore County 4H Clubs; Leflore County Humane Society; and the Salvation Army.

To learn more about the Leflore County United Way, visit

For more information about MVSU’s partnership with United Way, contact Clark at (662) 254-3618.