Left to Right: Drew Robertson, Representing Senator Roger Wicker's Northern District; Mayor Pat Patterson of Oxford; Representative Tommy Reynolds; Donna Long, Vice Chair of the Lafayette Oxford University Recovery Organization (LOURO); David Gunner Goad, AT&T; Kathy Sukanek, Executive Director, United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County; Lloyd Oliphant, Chair, Lafayette County Board of Supervisors; Ray Sockwell, Supervisor for the Pine Flat District.
Following the 2011 tornadoes in Pine Flat and Yocona, the United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County (UWOLC) worked with members of the community, other non-profits, churches, and government agencies to establish the LOU Recovery Organization (LOURO). The LOURO assists with unmet disaster-related needs of Lafayette County residents and the UWOLC serves as its fiscal agent.
As pictured above, AT&T presented UWOLC with a check for $5,000 to fund unmet needs of tornado victims of Pine Flat and Yocona. The UWOLC matched the AT&T grant with an additional $5,000. Furthermore, the UWOLC Board of Directors awarded funds totaling $5,000 to Interfaith Compassion Ministry (ICM), Salvation Army, and the American Red Cross in support of their expenses related to the immediate response following the tornadoes. Pine Flat United Methodist Church, Oxford University United Methodist Church, and the Governor's Fund contributed significant funding for the relief efforts as well.
The LOURO's mission is to provide spiritual, emotional, and physical resources to those affected by disaster regardless of race, creed, color, gender, disability, or religious preference. The LOURO seeks to respond to needs not met by relief systems such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Red Cross, Small Business Administration (SBA), and other disaster recovery programs. The LOURO establishes and maintains a network within and on behalf of non-profit organizations, faith communities, civic organizations, and businesses to provide long-term recovery assistance to disaster victims in Lafayette County, MS.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the UWOLC at 662-236-4265.