The United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County advances the common good by mobilizing individuals, organizations, and workplaces to give, advocate, and volunteer. We seek to understand community needs; work in partnership with others to implement effective strategies to address those needs; mobilize resources -- both funding and volunteers -- to support those strategies; and build awareness of our community's strengths, challenges, and resources.
Throughout the year, UWOLC hosts special events that help those in need in our community. We also periodically post opportunities for part-time volunteers who are interested in helping with administrative tasks, communications and public relations, event-planning, fundraising, and more.
If you are interested in volunteering in the Lafayette-Oxford-University (LOU) community, please feel free to contact us at 662-236-4265 or reach out to our partner agencies, which are listed below. Please review the description for each partner and coalition in order to determine potential volunteer opportunities that fit your interests, skills, schedule, etc. and then click on the link for contact information.
The American Red Cross provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America is to inspire and enable all youth to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
Dignity Period Oxford is a non-profit organization coordinating access to feminine personal hygiene products for girls and women in the greater Oxford area.
Doors of Hope Transition Ministries is a transitional housing program in the Oxford/Lafayette County area for homeless and at-risk homeless families (primarily those with minor children) who are willing and able to work.
The Exchange Club Family Center works with families, teen mothers and children to educate and attempt to reduce the risk of child abuse.
The mission of Family Crisis Services is to assist and support victims of violent crime and to strengthen and stabilize families. The agency provides 24-hour crisis intervention, counseling, education, legal advocacy, and referral for victims of child abuse and sexual assault as well as friends and family of homicide victims.
The mission of Girl Scouts Heart of the South is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
The mission of Good Food for Oxford Schools is to use farm to school principles to bring local produce into school cafeterias serving more cooked-from-scratch and fresh menu items while also educating students and their families on the importance of eating well.
Horizons is a national program that aims to eliminate summer learning loss for underserved students, positively impact student perceptions of school and learning, and increase student self-confidence through academics, enrichment, and recreation.
Interfaith Compassion Ministry (ICM) is a collaborative effort among local churches to provide assistance with basic needs such as rent, utilities, and prescription drug programs in a centralized location to Lafayette County residents who face crisis situations. ICM also offers law clinics for individuals with legal questions.
The Lafayette County Literacy Council is committed to raising literacy levels in Lafayette County. The agency's mission is to promote literacy as a value in every family by providing free children's books, parent education, and tutoring. The Literacy Council helps people learn to read so they can read to learn.
Leap Frog is an after-school tutoring and enrichment program for at-risk first, second, and third grade students. The program serves approximately 140 students in Oxford School District and Lafayette County School District.
The LOU Excel by 5 Coalition is a community-wide coalition focused on ensuring all children enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school as well as life. The LOU Excel by 5 Coalition is guided in its work by the statewide non-profit Excel by 5.
The LOU Reads Coalition (formerly known as the Grade Level Reading Coalition) is a community-wide coalition working to ensure all children in our community are proficiently reading by the time they enter fourth grade.
LOU Saves seeks to support financial literacy, promote college savings, and increase participation in mainstream financial services among low-income families.
The mission of the North Mississippi Kidney Foundation is to provide support services such as medication, transportation, and emergency financial assistance to patients of the dialysis units in North Mississippi.
Oxford Community Market fosters community bonds, strengthens local economies, educates consumers, advocates for farmers, and improves access to fresh, healthy, local, and sustainable goods for all citizens, including those traditionally underserved.
Special Olympics offers year-round sports training and programming in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with special needs. Local, area, regional, and international events featuring over 27 sports comprise the program.
Three Rivers Planning & Development District funds the local Meals on Wheels program in Lafayette County. Meals on Wheels is a national service dedicated to providing meals to seniors and homebound residents.
The VITA clinic helps low- and moderate-income residents of Lafayette County with tax returns twice a week at the Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library during tax season.