[ Give ] HEALTH CAMPAIGNS Lets Go Walkin’ Mississippi
letsgowalkinms.com/ You’ll get that good feeling that comes from being active, and you will set a good example for others.
March of Dimes
www.marchofdimes.com As a leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health, March of Dimes dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The community is very involved in walks for raising knowledge and discovering ways to help infants and babies.
Mississippi Blood Services
1995 Lakeland Drive, 601-981-3232 msblood.com Founded in 1979, MBS is a non-profit blood service with a mission of providing voluntarily donated blood to medical facilities.
Mississippi Blues Marathon
msbluesmarathon.com This marathon donates money to the Blues Commission and is held annually in January. Professionals, non-professionals, children, and those in wheelchairs are welcome to participate.
marathonmakeover.com Marathon Makeover is a 40 week marathon training wellness program.
RAT – Reject All Tobacco
gorat.com The RAT Pack is made up of teenagers who travel across the state. They perform and teach children about the harms of tobacco in schools.
PLACES TO VOLUNTEER 100 Black Men of America Inc.
5360 Highland Drive, 601-366-8301 100blackmenjackson.org With more than 106 chapters and 10,000 members, the 100 continues to strive to improve the quality of life in African American communities and involves more than 100,000 youth in its mentoring programs, designed to focus on mentoring, education, health and wellness, and economic development.
ACLU of Mississippi
AIDS Action in Mississippi
931 Highway 80 W., Suite A2-5, 601-944-1403 aidsactionms.org AAIM is a statewide grass roots organization dedicated to advocating for the rights of all people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Using the voice and experiences of persons living with and affected by this pandemic, they are committed to ending the effects of HIV/AIDS on Mississippi.
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Belhaven Improvement Association
greaterbelhaven.com/bia/ BIA’s objectives remain much the same almost 40 years later, with more than 250 members led by a 15-person volunteer board of directors working to protect, preserve and improve the Belhaven neighborhood.
920 N. Blair St., 601-355-0224 bethlehemjacksonms.org The center serves low-income families and individuals through affordable quality child care, a free income
tax-assistance program, a counseling center, and various community development initiatives.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
601-961-9286 175 E. Capitol St. #222 bbbsms.org BBBS’s mission is to help children reach their full potential through professionally supported one-to-one relationships with proven results.
Bike Walk Mississippi
bikewalkmisssissippi.org BWM is a bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group dedicated to the development, enhancement and promotion of alternative forms of transportation and recreation throughout the state. The group enlists citizens from across the state to promote alternatives to current transportation, to provide a wider choice of recreational activities, and to improve the quality, availability and safety of existing facilities and programs.
Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children
2500 N. State St., 601-984-1100 childrenshospital.umc.edu As part of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children shares in the mission to provide high-quality treatment for all patients using the disciplines and specialties of modern health care; to respond to community needs through continuing education and outreach programs that extend beyond the campus.
Center for Violence Prevention
P.O. Box 6279, Pearl, 39388, 601-932-4198 msvcp.org CVP is a private, nonprofit organization partnering with the communities it serves to provide innovative, quality solutions for individuals experiencing intergenerational cycles of abuse. CVP is committed to providing a continuum of services to address the growing populations of at-risk children and adults in the Central Mississippi area as it offers an alternative to the continuing cycle of violence, abuse, neglect, and related traumas. The Jackson Free Press works with the Center to host the JFP Chick Ball every July.
Community Outreach for Health Awareness
1850 Chadwick Drive, 601-376-2397 cohainc.org Community Outreach’s mission is to engage the community by mobilizing its resources to improve the quality of life for the less fortunate, reduce health care costs and improve the life expectancy of the disadvantaged and disenfranchised residents of Mississippi.
The Young & the Faithful
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Broadmeadow United Methodist Church
4419 Broadmeadow Drive, 601-366-1403 broadmeadow.org Broadmeadow’s Hoops Project, also known as Books, Bibles and Basketball, involves tutoring for seventh to 12th grade students, particularly at-risk youth, in the north Fondren area and beyond. The students who participate in tutoring make up a junior and senior varsity basketball league that competes with teams from other area churches and synagogues. Church members, Millsaps College students, interns from the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, and young professionals in the area volunteer to serve as tutors, mentors and coaches. Tutoring is Wednesday nights from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the church, following a meal at 5:30 p.m. Basketball practices Monday afternoons. Ask for Ryan McGough or Pastor Rob Hill for more information.
Jackson Zen Dojo
4308 Old Canton Road, 662-263-4754 zeninmississippi.org The Jackson Zen Group welcomes all ages to the
CONTACT the Crisis Line
Health Help for Kids
Education Services Foundation
Hinds County Human Resource Agency
Office: 601-713-4099; Crisis Hotline: 601-7134357 www.contactthecrisisline.org CONTACT the Crisis Line volunteers have been answering the telephones 24/7 since 1971. This confidential, anonymous crisis line is nationally accredited and is a ministry of listening and availability. 260 Lakeland Terrace, 601-321-5555 esfweb.com ESF College Planning Centers are friendly environments where both students and parents can come to learn more about what it takes to get in and pay for college. Counselors are available to assist with: ACT/ SAT preparation, resume building, career exploration, college selection and scholarship searches.
212 Oaks Circle, 601-922-3916 goodwill.org Goodwill helps people with job training and family support services. They accept clothing donations.
Good Samaritan Center
114 Millsaps Ave., 601-355-6276 goodsamaritancenter.org The Good Samaritan Center’s mission is to assist families and individuals in crisis situations. The Good Samaritan works closely with other organizations to form a “network of helping hands, and their motto is: “If we can’t help, we should know (or be able to find out) who can.”
236 Millsaps Ave., 601-353-1038 gracehousems.org Grace House is a transitional living facility for people with HIV/AIDS. The staff and facility provide room and board, assistance in obtaining support services, outreach programs, site or outpatient treatment, educational/informational programs to groups upon request, coordination of grief counseling, and coordination with numerous physicians and health care providers.
Habitat for Humanity
1260 Ellis Ave., 601-353-6060 habitatjackson.org Habitat’s mission is to build and sell decent affordable housing at non-profit and no-interest to lowincome families who need better housing. Habitat is very active in Jackson and offers opportunities for groups—from women to students—to build a home. dojo for meditation. The group practices in the Soto tradition of Zen Buddhism with ordained monk Tony Bland. Meetings are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for 30-minute sessions and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. for two 30-minute zazen periods with kinhin, walking meditation, in between. The only requirements are to follow the form used for practice and wear comfortable clothing that covers the legs. The dojo asks that you call ahead of time and plan to arrive early, so someone can introduce you to the practice.
Beth Israel Congregation
5315 Old Canton Road, 601-956-6215 bethisraelms.org The Beth Israel Congregation is the largest Reform Jewish congregation in Mississippi, according to its website. Friday Shabbat Services are at 6:15 p.m. Saturday Shabbat Services are at 9 a.m., followed by Torah study at 10:15 a.m. College-aged students have the opportunity to participate in community service through Stewpot, Meals On Wheels and the Dream Street Foundation.
First Baptist of Jackson
431 N. State St., 601-949-1900, fbcj.org The college ministry at First Baptist of Jackson offers a casual and contemporary Sunday morning
800 N. President St., 1-877-31-GETHELP healthhelpms.org This non-profit program provides parents with counseling and assistance on behalf of their children and help Mississippi parents attempting to apply for health care for their children. 258 Maddox Road, 601-923-3950 www.hchra.org HCHRA is part of a state and national coalition of community action agencies, whose goals are to eradicate poverty in local communities. HCHRA serves eligible, disadvantaged residents of Hinds County through programs and services that foster economic empowerment and self-reliance.
Keep Jackson Beautiful
2906 N. State St., Suite 212, 601-366-4842 keepjacksonbeautiful.com The mission of Keep Jackson Beautiful is to provide volunteer leadership in developing positive attitudes about the environment by education and community involvement. The organization has specialized programming for beautification, education, and litter prevention, including civic pride awards, educational materials and the Great American Cleanup.
jackson2000.org Jackson 2000 is a 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to improving race relations in the metro area. It sponsors the annual Friendship Ball, Friendship Golf Tournament and regular study circles on race relations.
Jackson Medical Mall Foundation
350 West Woodrow Wilson Drive, 601-982-8467 jacksonmedicalmall.org The foundation’s mission is to foster a holistic approach to health care for the under-served and to promote economic and community development in the Jackson Medical Mall area.
Jackson Bike Advocates
jacksonbikeadvocates.org The Jackson Bike Advocates (JBA) are a local group of bike enthusiasts dedicated to creating a greater bike presence in the capitol city. The JBA desires to bring awareness to the needs of cyclists through: community outreach, education, policy reform and safety issues. JOSHHAILEYSTUDIOS.COM
P.O. Box 2242, Jackson, 39225, 601-354-3408 aclu-ms.org/ Founded to protect the First Amendment rights of civil rights workers working against Jim Crow laws in Mississippi, its mission has expanded to include the protection and enhancement of all freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. The Mississippi actively works for the rights of young people.
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Jackson Zen Dojo
worship option, called The Link, which meets at 10:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall east. On Wednesday night, there is a service at 6:30 p.m. Congregants also volunteer with the inner-city non-profit organization, Mission First.
St. Alexis Episcopal Church
650 E. South St., 601-944-0415 stalexisjackson.org A church that was started with the goal of being opened to everyone, St. Alexis puts an emphasis on welcoming young people to join in their services. The average age of the congregation is 28 years old. Services are held Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. Dress is informal. Add other worship options at jackpedia.com.