United Way of East Mississippi forced to make cuts

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Members of the United Way of East Mississippi say it's been a difficult year for raising money.

“We have cut back our operational costs a good little bit within the United Way’s local office here,” Radcliff says.

Derron Radcliff has been the executive director of United Way of East Mississippi for the past year. Through the cutbacks, He says no one has been let go. The changes are a way to ensure the agencies United Way serves are still benefiting from the donations to the fullest amount.

“We have made some changes with the agency. It’s only to put us in a better place and a better position so next year we will be able to do better and to be good stewards of the dollars that are invested in the United Way,” Radcliff explains.

During this cycle, the United Way has partnered with 22 agencies. United Way is known for the famous thermometer and setting a high goal. This year, Radcliff says, the goal was not met, but only by about 15 percent.

“Our campaign is not that far down. We have a few issues, but I think we can tap into how people give and change that cycle just a little bit,” Radcliff says.

Radcliff says the cutbacks and downward trend in donations are a sign of the times. But Radcliff remains optimistic about the future.

“Our community is a very giving community. We are trying to figure out a creative way, so our community can give back in our upcoming campaign in 2019/2020,” Radcliff says.

Ratcliff says they will have a full report on April 4.

If you would like to donate you can call the United Way of East Mississippi at 601-693-2732 or visit the website at www.uwem.org