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Mississippi “Do Gooders” Recognized with 100K from Foundation for the Mid South

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 19 Nov 2010 12:10pm | comments
Do-Gooders are rewarded for the efforts in Mississippi

Every day in Mississippi someone does something good for their community, a certain cause or maybe even a stranger. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports how many of those DO-Gooders are being recognized and rewarded.

The Foundation for the Mid South Do-Gooders was created to generate enthusiasm around the good deeds of non profits and individuals in Mississippi. One of their first recipients is Mississippi State University Professor Instructor, April Heiselt, who has helped raise thousands of dollars for St Jude Children's research as well as spearhead the building of two habitat for humanity’s homes. She says she'll use the 50 thousand dollar grant from Do-Gooders to build a third home.

'Everyone knows how difficult budget cuts are right now and that folks are having to tighten their belts so that's difficult for nonprofit's to get the money that they need. And so this money will provide them with the opportunity to build another home and that's a gift that you'll have forever. I don't know if you're a homeowner but you know the difference it means to come home at night and that home is yours. So it’s really exciting for me to be able to participate in that way."

While Heiselt is the state’s first individual Do-Gooders winner, The Delta Arts Alliance of Cleveland is the the states first organization to receive the award. That organization works to save arts programs in the Mississippi Delta and provides quality arts experiences and cultural awareness activities to many disadvantaged children.

"They're disadvantaged because they don't have a chance to participate in arts programs. And one thing that we love is being able to go in during the school day because our kids ride buses. And when we first started we had after school programs and these kids were just begging to stay and it just kinda broke my heart."

In all there were six finalist in the Do-Gooders competition ranging from arts to women in construction to programs that help people find jobs..Lawayne Childrey MPB News.

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Do-Gooders are rewarded for the efforts in Mississippi


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