4C’s Serves Needs of the Clinton Community
During tough times, volunteers at the 4C’s stepped up to help Mississippi families in need.
People at the Clinton Community Christian Corporation have done so since the nonprofit was founded in 1971.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, executive director Laurie Lawson and supporters are responding to daily challenges facing families across metro Jackson.
“We remain open to assist families in need with mostly food, but other emergencies as well,” says Lawson. “This pandemic has affected all of us. It’s important to think of the least of these as we anticipate miracles evolving from our many challenges.”
The Hinds County resident wears another hat. Lawson serves as director of the Mississippi College social work program at her alma mater in Clinton.
MC students, faculty and staff are among the organization’s active volunteers. More volunteers are always needed year-round, but especially during the health emergency.
As Easter nears, Laurie Lawson hopes to see more volunteers and supporters contribute to the work of the 4C’s.
“We implore supporters to continue to extend levels of kindness to those in need,” the Mississippi College social work professor said. More food is needed to keep the pantry stocked. People may also serve the pantry financially. Volunteers do the food shopping.
The 4C’s stays open because it is considered an essential service providing basic necessities to economically disadvantaged Mississippi populations. People are fulfilling needs in other ways. This week, McNeely Plastics purchased 130 Easter baskets from the 4C’s thrift store to distribute to area children.
The COVID-19 outbreak this Spring has impacted foot traffic. The major difference, Lawson, says is that fewer people are coming to the agency in Clinton. Services continue on. Doors at 2001 West Northside Drive open at 9 a.m. for shopping and close at 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Volunteers deliver scores of meals to homes each day and staff the thrift store. Leaders also pivot to fund-raising tasks.
Lawson is applying for grants so the faith-based agency can assist more families in the near future.
Blessing others and serving God is how the Mississippi College graduate operates. As an undergraduate at Baptist-affiliated MC in 1983, Laurie first became involved with the 4C’s as a student intern.
The nonprofit’s connections with Mississippi College run deep. MC graduate Linda Soles was the agency’s first executive director. The group’s founders were Clint Doña, a former student at Mississippi College, and the late Bradley Pope of Clinton. He was the longtime director of religious activities and Baptist Student Union leader at MC.
For more information, call the 4C’s office in Clinton at 601-924-9436 or contact Laurie Lawson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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