Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Communities help the city to flourish, and to create culture and life. They also help to improve life and the environment which we live in. Here are a few who are creating changes and making Jackson a more wonderful place to live. If you know of any more non-profits, please add them at http://www.jackpedia.com
Community Foundation of Greater Jackson
525 E. Capitol St.; Suite 5B, 601-974-6044
The foundation focuses on financing the development of communities in Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties. Since 1994, CFGJ has made 3,793 grants totaling more than
Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities
2 Old River Place, Suite A, 601-969-0601
This organization strives to expand opportunities and improve the quality of life for Mississippians with disabilities. Mark F. Smith founded CCD in 1989 and was its executive director from 1992 until his death in 2002.
Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi
2001 Airport Road, Suite 307, 601-936-522
The Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi is dedicated to finding a cure to epilepsy, and to disease prevention and help people with epilepsy can live a normal life. More than 50,000 Mississippians live with the disease.
Girl Scout Council of Middle Mississippi
1471 W. County Line Road, 601-366-0607
Girl Scout programs teach girls aged 5 to 17 to be strong and generous by providing different services in the community. The core elements of the Girl Scout experience are patriotism, citizenship, and community service through local, national and global service and action.
The Good Samaritan Center Inc.
114 Millsaps Ave., 601-355-6276
The center helps individuals and families in crisis and who are in need of basic necessities. The center was started in 1972 and is funded by churches, private contributions and fundraising. N.U.T.S.—Neat Used Things for Sale—sells donated surplus items not needed by clients.
VSA Arts of Mississippi
P.O. Box 2364, Jackson, 39225, 601-965-4866
VSA provides individuals with disabilities a chance express themselves through art. Established in 1978, more than 10,000 people are involved with the organization through its arts education, community arts and professional development programs.
920 N. Blair St., 601-355-0224
The Bethlehem Center provides low-income families with safe, affordable child care and after-school programs. It also provides a free income-tax assistance program during tax season and a counseling center.
Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance
P.O. Box 1104, Jackson 39215, 601-968-5182
MIRA works for immigration justice and tolerance and educates Mississippians about the contributions and struggles of immigrants in our state. The organization advocates for immigrants in the legislature, and its legal project assists immigrants with low-cost legal referrals.
Habitat for Humanity/Metro Jackson
P.O. Box 55634, Jackson 39296-5634, 601-353-6060.
Habitat for Humanity builds and finances quality, affordable homes for people in need. Formed in 1986 the metro Jackson chapter has housed 465 families. Internationally, the organization has built more than 350,000 homes since 1976.
Hinds County Human Resource Agency
258 Maddox Road, 601-923-3930
The agency serves eligible, disadvantaged Hinds County residents through programs and services that foster economic empowerment and self-reliance like Head Start, Meals on Wheels and block grants, energy, employment and education assistance.