There is an old song that has lyrics about “…bring out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer….” May is the month that starts that sense of summertime adventure – it’s a month of beginnings and endings, promise, and reflection. It functions as the gateway to summer, a favorite time of year when “the living is easy” and the fast-paced crush of finals, reports, and graduation is over. Part of the promise of this particular May is the gradual re-opening of the world. Masks are coming off. More people are vaccinated, and life feels lighter than it has in more than a year.
While the outdoors beckons and the warmer days lighten the mood, there is still much work to be done. The Alliance is forever expanding, tweaking, improving, and launching programs and services to benefit its nonprofit and philanthropic members.
Speaking of members, have you checked on your membership status lately? You won’t want to miss out on any new and innovative offerings available to our members, but more importantly, we need your voice, your perspective, and your experience to enhance the power of the network.
One of the new programs offered by The Alliance concluded last week with a graduation luncheon for the first class of Emerging Leaders: Fundraising Executives. It was my privilege to celebrate with this engaged and accomplished group. I know they will excel within their organizations and contribute to their greater communities in a meaningful way. And, it was indeed liberating to be with them in person!
Every beginning includes an ending. We are sorry to say goodbye to our outstanding intern and recent graduate of Millsaps College, Lacee Winfield, and wish her well in her next chapter. We are also saying farewell to Karla Edwards, the Central MS Hub Director and very first employee of the newly formed Alliance, and congratulate her future colleagues. Our loss is their gain.
As we say goodbye to spring and hello to summer, I wish you all health and happiness, and hope that you find the season restorative.
Karla Edwards-Central MS Hub Director for Volunteers and Nonprofits A native of Natchez, Karla has spent the last two and a half years working at The Alliance as the Central MS Hub Director, and is committed to a lifetime of service. She received her Master of Nonprofit Management from University of Central Florida. She also […]
The Maddox Foundation Volunteer Center/Northwest HUB has been in existence for fifteen years in some variation or another. In 2018, the volunteer center joined Volunteer MS and The Alliance to become part of Mississippi’s new HUB network. The existing director, Brenda Smith, who joined the volunteer center in 2012, has guided the Northwest HUB through […]
Founded in 1998 by three Teach for America alumni, the Sunflower County Freedom Project grew and demonstrated remarkable results, gaining the attention and interest of a group of community leaders in Meridian, Mississippi who were searching for opportunities to support and challenge the youth in their city. In 2014, the Meridian Freedom Project opened its […]