Mississippi College

United Way Giving in 2013 Tops $20,000 at Mississippi College

December 18, 2013

Mississippi College faculty and staff members contributed $20,897 this fall to benefit United Way programs in metro Jackson.

“Much good takes place through gifts to United Way,” MC President Lee Royce said as he thanked university employees in a mid-December email. “Our gifts mean so much to so many throughout the year, and particularly at Christmas.”

The MC School of Law in downtown Jackson reported an amazing 86 percent giving level for its faculty and staff. The giving rate for the rest of the employees at the Baptist-affiliated university stood at 39 percent this fall.

United Way supports more than 50 human service programs in Hinds, Rankin and Madison counties. Many of the programs provide help to those less fortunate in Central Mississippi.

It could be a gift to the Magnolia Speech School, the Shelter for Battered Women and Children, or Goodwill Industries, to name a few.

Royce has participated in developing United Way campaigns the past two decades. “I believe this is a tremendous way to address so many needs,” he said. “Giving to others remains a way of life in Mississippi, which traditionally ranks among the top states in the nation when it comes to charitable giving.”

Shari Barnes, director of MC’s Community Service Center, stayed busy once again coordinating the United Way campaign launched in October on the Clinton campus.

Enrolling more than 5,000 students, Mississippi College is home to more than 500 faculty and staff members.

In recent years, Mississippi College has led United Way giving among metro Jackson colleges and universities.

Photo: Dr. Lee Royce, president of Mississippi College, is a long time supporter of United Way.

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