United Way Agencies

Arc Endowment

The Association for the Rights of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (ARC) is a United Way non-profit agency who is committed to providing a network of support for families as they face the challenges of caring for a mentally, and often physically, disabled child or adult. The ARC staff attempts to achieve this goal through our various programs, including: After School Care, Seasonal Social Activities, Mother’s Day Out, Adventures Summer Program, Day at the ARC/Weekend Respite, Sunday Church Service Participation, Adult Male Respite / Adult Female Respite, and Parent Support Groups. The Arc serves clients from Lamar, Perry, Marion, Green, Jones, Wayne, and Stone counties. Clients range in age from birth until the individual’s death. The scope of disabilities includes: hearing impaired, visually impaired, physically impaired, multi-disabled, mentally disabled, medically fragile, and autism. In a fiscal year, approximately 500 individuals with some form of disability or members of the community at large are served. The endowment established at the PineBelt Foundation is for long term sustainability. For more information about the ARC, please visit http://hattiesburgarc.com.

Arc Jones County

Arc of Jones County Supports the general operating needs of the Jones County Association. The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

Bob James Memorial Fund for the United Way

Bob James was an active and passionate supporter of the Hattiesburg community, especially of United Way of Southeast Mississippi. As a lasting tribute to her late husband and his charitable nature, Gwen James established the Bob James Memorial Fund at The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation in 2001. The purpose of the fund is to cover the administrative costs of United Way of Southeast Mississippi, so that more of the United Way’s campaign and fundraising dollars can go directly to support its service and the work of its partner agencies in Forrest, Lamar, and Perry counties. Since 1940, United Way of Southeast Mississippi has been a leader in making lasting improvements in Forrest, Lamar, and Perry counties. By partnering with local agencies and creating its own special programs, United Way of Southeast Mississippi makes a positive impact in the lives of people of all ages in our community. United Way of Southeast Mississippi hopes to enhance the community in the areas of education, financial stability, health, and safety net services. United Way of Southeast Mississippi’s operating expenses have averaged about 14% of its budget, which is well below national standards. United Way is constantly striving to lower its operating costs, so more money can be invested in direct services in our community. The ultimate goal is to raise enough money in the Bob James Memorial United Way Endowment Fund to support our local United Way’s operating budget. When we reach this amazing goal, 100% of the contributions to United Way of Southeast Mississippi will go to support its partner agencies and local programs. For more information about the United Way of Southeast Mississippi, please visit www.unitedwaysems.org.

The Alex Katrishin, Jr. Fund

When Alex Katrishin Jr. was a young man struggling to survive in the 1940s, he took up residence in a California YMCA. Injuries he had sustained in an explosion during the waning days of World War II had left him unable to find typical employment, so he became a street vendor. His frugal lifestyle and personal discipline enabled him to save and invest a small amount of money each month, and eventually it grew into a small fortune. More than 30 years later, when they were both in their 60s, Katrishin was reunited with his college sweetheart, Miriam, who was now a widow, and they married, settling in Hattiesburg. They had several happy years together before her death in 1997. All this time, Alex continued to exercise and receive physical therapy with his friends at the local Family Y. Shortly before Katrishin died on June 13, 2000, he left the bulk of his estate, $1 million, to the Family Y of Southeast Mississippi, in an endowed account with The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation. Each year, the PineBelt Foundation distributes the income from the Alex Katrishin fund to support the programs and services offered by his favorite organization, the local Family Y. The Family Y named its facility on Veterans Memorial Drive after Alex and Miriam Katrishin in gratitude for their donation. The Family YMCA made a large impact on Katrishin’s life, and with The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation, his life continues to make an impact on others. For more information about the Hattiesburg Family Y, please visit http://ymcahattiesburg.org

Dream of Hattiesburg Endowment

Dream of Hattiesburg Endowment supports Dream.  Their mission is to prevent and reduce the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs