City to help fund nonprofits

Published 9:00 pm Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen Wednesday approved resolutions to provide funds to five nonprofit agencies in the city.

The resolutions are seeking local bills from the Mississippi Legislature to allow the board to allocate up to $10,000 per year to three organizations, and a one-time allocation of up to $50,000 for two other agencies. State law requires the city to seek special legislation to be able to provide money to the agencies.

The agencies affected by the resolutions include:

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• We Care Communities Inc., $10,000. The organization provides community outreach services to the poor and provides GED programs in the community.

• Vicksburg Heritage Guild, $10,000. The organization was begun in 2016 to preserve and restore historic buildings and revitalize neighborhoods. The Warren County Board of Supervisors in November donated the old justice court building on Adams Street to the guild, which intends to restore the building built in the 1870s.

• The Kings Head Start and Cedars Head Start centers. The centers will split the one-time allocation of $50,000.  The centers provide programs for preschool children and other services.

“Cedars Head Start needs some work, and you know how important our children are,” Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said. “And just like we give to the United Way, like we give to the chamber of commerce, the Ford Foundation and the public schools, we have to give to our children.”

• Vicksburg-Warren Veteran Transition Center, $10,000. Managed by a nine-member board, the center will provide a place where recently discharged veterans can stay while they transition from the military back to the civilian world.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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