The United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County (UWOLC) 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 to determine potential volunteer opportunities that fit your interests, skills, schedule, etc. and then click on the name for contact information and further details.
Boys & Girls Clubs of North Mississippi seeks to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens utilizing core programs and partnerships that focus on academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lafayette County is a non-profit organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children through the development and support of court-sanctioned, community-based programs that provide trained and supervised volunteers.
Doors of Hope Transition Ministries guides homeless families and at-risk homeless families towards self-reliance and stability through a holistic, individualistic approach that includes life-skills training, mentoring, and supportive housing. Clients receive intensive and comprehensive case management services and the family is able to stay together.
Exchange Club Family Center improves the quality of life for at-risk families by breaking the cycle of child abuse and neglect through prevention, intervention, and educational services as well as replace abusive behavior with effective skills for responsible parenting in the areas of child abuse, teen pregnancy, and anger management.
Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi assists and supports victims of violent crime and strengthens as well as stabilizes 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.
Girl Scouts Heart of the South builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. By providing real-world opportunities for girls in grades K-12, girls learn and practice leadership skills, explore new interests, gain positive values, access life-changing adventures, and make community contributions.
Good Food for Oxford Schools leverages farm-to-school principles to bring local produce into school cafeterias that serve from cooked-from-scratch and fresh menu items, creating district-wide healthy changes while also educating students and their families on the importance of eating well for a healthier lifestyle.
Gordon Community & Cultural Center, Inc. serves the citizens of Lafayette County by providing educational programs for youth in the form of its Abbeville School Educational Summer Enrichment Camp and for adults by providing legal clinics, job opportunities, and career development through the 20/20 Vision Trade School.
Horizons at the University of Mississippi 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) assists individuals and families through crisis situations by providing for their basic needs: food, shelter, utilities, medications, and transportation. ICM is our community's primary agency that assists homeless people by providing counseling, temporary housing, food, and stabilization in new living arrangements.
Lafayette County Literacy Council is a non-profit, community-based agency founded in 1996 to promote the importance of literacy for both children and adults. The agency's mission is to improve the quality of life in Oxford and Lafayette County through literacy and reading.
Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library is a gathering place that supports education, encourages lifelong learning, inspires collaboration, and sparks community transformation. One of its key goals is to provide the services and resources to succeed in school.
LOU Saves seeks to promote financial stability by increasing rates of financial literacy and encouraging active rates of saving for higher education among low-income families.
LOU-Home, Inc. collaborates with governments, businesses, organizations, and citizens to increase the availability and affordability of quality homes for qualified buyers who cannot find affordable homes within the LOU community, provide support for successful ownership of these homes, and advocate for affordable housing.
North Mississippi Kidney Foundation provides individuals on life-saving dialysis with need-based assistance for expenses related to medications, transportation, and emergency financial needs.
North Mississippi Rural Legal Services (NMRLS) provides free, civil services to ensure that poor, elderly, and disabled Mississippians have equal access to justice. NMRLS is the only non-profit that provides free full-service legal services in north Mississippi.
Oxford Community Market fosters community bonds, strengthens local economies, educates consumers, promotes better health, and improves access to fresh, healthy, local, and sustainable goods for all citizens, including those traditionally underserved.
Oxford-Lafayette Habitat for Humanity seeks to build affordable housing and rehabilitate low-income homes to provide a safe and secure environment that promotes children and youth achieving their academic potential.
Southern Recovery Advocacy is dedicated to educating the community about substance abuse disorder (SUD), reducing the number of community members suffering from it, assisting individuals who cannot afford treatment to locate it and pay for it, and reducing the stigma.
Special Olympics Mississippi - Area IV provides year-round sports training and athletic competition opportunities, health programming, and community inclusion activities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
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.
Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging (AAA) provides senior citizens with needed services and benefits that will improve their quality of life and help them maintain their independence as well as live their lives with dignity and security. Three Rivers AAA funds the local Meals on Wheels program, which provides meals to seniors and homebound residents.
In addition to the aforementioned program partners, the United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County will also provided funding for the following community impact and coalition work in FY 2018-2019:
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (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.
LOU Reads Coalition is a group of local organizations and community leaders dedicated to ensuring that all children in our community can proficiently read by the end of the third grade. Coalition members focus their collective energy and expertise on four main areas: school readiness, attendance, out-of-school time opportunities, and targeted efforts to promote grade level reading. Coalition goals include ensuring all children enter kindergarten prepared to succeed in school as well as life, increasing the percentage of children who miss fewer than ten days of school on an annual basis, minimizing summer learning loss as well as increasing participation in quality out-of-school time programs, and improving supports so as to increase the percentage of students who end the school year as proficient readers.
Finally, the following organizations provide volunteer opportunities as well in their efforts to make a meaningful difference within our community:
The Pantry is a not-for-profit, community-wide organization that provides food on an emergency basis for eligible residents in Oxford and Lafayette County. The Pantry's objective is to involve a broad base of support throughout the community and publicize its work so families in need will know how to apply for essential food supplies. You can call (662) 832-8001 if you are interested in volunteering.
More Than a Meal
More Than A Meal is a 501(c)(3) entity whose mission is to serve the people of Oxford with good food, encouragement, and a sense of community. You can call (662) 426-6826 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering.
Memory Makers seeks to serve those in our community affected by memory loss due to dementia by offering respite, socialization, counseling, education and information. You can call (662) 234-3332 or email email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering.
Lovepacks discreetly provides non-perishable, kid-friendly food to Oxford School District and Lafayette County School District students in distress before they leave for home on Fridays. You can call email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering.
NMRC Best Friend Volunteer Program
The Best Friend Volunteer Program at the North Mississippi Regional Center (NMRC) was established to help provide community contact with NMRC clients and offers flexible as well as diverse volunteer opportunities. You can call (662) 513-7684 or email email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering.
The mission of Mississippi Critterz is to provide temporary shelter to stray, abandoned, and surrendered animals for the purpose of finding permanent suitable homes, to promote adoptions, to find foster homes, and to organize transports to reputable animal shelters/rescue groups to help reduce excessive euthanasia with the goal of no-kill (90% live release rate) within our community, provide referrals for low cost spay/neuter services from participating veterinarians, and the humane treatment of animals within our community. You can call (662) 832-6727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering.