The United Way begins its fall drive for donations with the fourth annual Fabulous Flapjack Fundraiser from 7-10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Vicksburg United Methodist Church.
Donations for the breakfast are appreciated, said Danna Downing, executive director of the South County Community Services agency that benefits from United Way allocations. “More importantly, it’s a chance for people who give to United Way to bring in their checks for a worthy cause and enjoy a hearty breakfast.”
The money raised each year to support Vicksburg’s United Way has stayed right here in the community according to Fawn Callen, chairperson of the committee that oversees the allocations at the end of each campaign. Last year over $30,000 was raised with help from the concerted effort made by the school’s liaison to United Way. Through payroll deduction, the teachers and staff donated $11,144.
Allocations were made to South County Community Services for its senior outreach program, to Generous Hands, Inc. for a/v equipment to use for training purposes and to the Vicksburg Middle School for bringing in an organization called Protect Young Eyes to “help students, families and the school create a safer digital environment.” The topics included deep dives into online pornography, social media anxiety, video game violence, screen time impact on adolescent neurology and parental controls.