The primary concern of the United Way of North Central Mississippi (UWNCM) is the health, safety, and well-being of our neighbors as we face the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. In striving to ensure our communities’ ability to take appropriate steps toward prevention and precaution, UWNCM has partnered with local and state representatives in education, health care, business, and government to provide our residents with credible, accurate, and timely information accessible via this website.
Engaging with neighbors to understand their needs and partnering with diverse sectors of our community to mobilize resources and address priorities is at the core of the UWNCM mission. As we unite to improve the lives of our neighbors, we build strong neighbors and strong communities.
I want to help
If you have the means to help, please see these resources of various ways to do so:
- Donate to the emergency fund. For every donation made, a local company has agreed to MATCH it 1:1, up to $5,000. Donate here.
- Participate in the emergency COVID-19 Food Drive. Non-perishable food can be dropped at any time to these locations: Starkville Daily News, Kroger, Walmart Neighborhood Market, and Vowells Market Place.
- Participate in the upcoming blood drive at Starkville Daily News (304 E Lampkin Street) on either Monday, March 30th from 10 am to 3 pm or Wednesday, April 1st from 11 am to 4 pm.
- Help sew masks for OCH Regional Hospital by joining the Facebook group, Starkville SEW Strong.
- More opportunities to help will be coming soon.
I need help
If you need assistance for emergency needs, we’re all working together to help.
- If you’re not feeling well, please call the Mississippi Department of Health hotline at 877-978-6453. This hotline is available 24/7 and can direct you where to go and what healthcare providers will be able to help.
- If you need help with essential needs, such as food, please call the city’s hotline at 662-323-4813. This hotline is available 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. This hotline will direct you to non-profit organizations in our community that can help address your specific needs.
- If you need food immediately or after normal business hours, please check the self-serve food pantries located at First United Methodist Church or near the Wesley Center.
- We will be adding more community aid information soon.
Other Information and Links
If you want up to date information regarding COVID-19, we have added helpful and factual links below.
- Mississippi Department of Health COVID-19 case/death count (typically updated at 10 am daily)
- United States COVID-19 case/death count (updated 24/7 as states post new cases)
If you have ideas of how the United Way could be doing more to help or you have questions that you’d like our team and other community members to address, please submit it at the appropriate link below: