UNITE Foundation for Union County MS

UNITE, a community foundation supporting civic, educational, health, human service, and cultural initiatives throughout Union county, was established in 2000. Through UNITE, individuals, families, organizations and corporations make tax deductible donations which are administered by CREATE Foundation.

Earned income is returned to the community in the form of grants to improve the quality of life for all residents of Union county. UNITE offers Union county residents the opportunity to provide funds for worthwhile community initiatives involving the arts, the environment, community development, education, human services and historical preservation. Also, it provides a flexible means for charitable giving, and for permanent endowments to address community challenges and opportunities for generations to come.

With the first gift to UNITE made in January 2002, many individuals expressed a desire to give back to their community. Through contributions and pledges, UNITE met its goal to raise $200,000. CREATE Foundation then granted an additional $100,000. As a result, in December 2003 fourteen mini grants were awarded.  

UNITE’s Board of Directors is dedicated to building the foundation so that additional funds will always be available. Emphasis will be placed on increasing unrestricted funds and in educating the public on ways to make gifts for designated areas of special interest.

Gifts and bequests will provide funds for many worthwhile community projects, which will continue to enrich the live of those who live in Union county.

UNITE Board of Directors

Bo Collins
Gary Cooper
Cathy Garrett - Vice President
Lee Henson
Mike Kirk - President
Moises Lemus
Dale Manning

Cathy McClinton
Margaret Maxwell
Phil Morris
Mary Jennifer Russell
Anne Shirley
Anne Stephens
Billye Jean Stroud
Travis Wiseman

Collett Cross, Executive Director

Directed Funds
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UNITE Volunteers of the Year

2014 Rheta Ann West
2015 Bill and Linda Everett
2016 Joyce Sumners
2017 Betty DuVall King
2018 Zack Stewart
2019 Karen Corpstein

James Hugh Ray Community Affiliate Award
The award commemorates James Hugh Ray's many contributions to our region and to the CREATE Foundation. Mr. Ray served with loyalty and integrity on both the Journal and CREATE Boards and became the legal architect and advisor for establishing the CREATE Foundation.

Like, Mr. Ray, UNITE has distinguished itself with many contributions to Union County. Established in 2000, UNITE projects include reading and tutoring programs for the disadvantaged, repairing homes for the elderly and needy, and providing disaster relief. Organizations supported by UNITE include Boys and Girls Club, Union County Heritage Museum, New Haven Center for Special Needs Adults, and Good Samaritan plus many others. UNITE serves to bring lasting, positive change to the people of Union County.

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P.O. Box 125
New Albany, Mississippi 38652
Call us at (662) 316-0808