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[ Give ] HEALTH CAMPAIGNS Lets Go Walkin’ Mississippi You’ll get that good feeling that comes from being active, and you will set a good example for others.

March of Dimes 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 Founded in 1979, MBS is a non-profit blood service with a mission of providing voluntarily donated blood to medical facilities.

Mississippi Blues Marathon 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.

Marathon Makeover Marathon Makeover is a 40 week marathon training wellness program.

RAT – Reject All Tobacco 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 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 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

38 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.

Bethlehem Center

920 N. Blair St., 601-355-0224 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 BBBS’s mission is to help children reach their full potential through professionally supported one-to-one relationships with proven results.

Bike Walk Mississippi 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 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 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 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’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 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 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 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 helps people with job training and family support services. They accept clothing donations.

Good Samaritan Center

114 Millsaps Ave., 601-355-6276 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.”

Grace House

236 Millsaps Ave., 601-353-1038 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 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 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, The college ministry at First Baptist of Jackson offers a casual and contemporary Sunday morning

800 N. President St., 1-877-31-GETHELP 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 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 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.

Jackson 2000 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 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 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 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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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 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

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