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 UNITE awarded their first grants in Union County.
The UNITE endowment balance exceeds $500,000 and UNITE has awarded more than $200,000 to non-profit organizations in our community. Based on the percentage of grant disbursements to money raised locally, UNITE is ranked number one among all of the CREATE affiliates.
Those receiving funds were:
American Red Cross - 11
Boys & Girls Club of New Albany - 12
Excel by 5 Early Childhood Education – 1
East Union Attendance Center - 2
First Choice of Union County - 5
Good Samaritan Center - 11
Helping Hands of Union County - 1
Ingomar School - 1
Junior Auxiliary of New Albany - 9
Parkgate Pregnancy Center - 1
Leadership Union County - 1
Lighthouse Enrichment Center - 9
Magnolia Civic Center - 4
Myrtle Library - 1
Keep New Albany/Union County Beautiful - 2
New Albany City Beautification - 5
New Albany Garden Club - 2
New Albany Main Street Association - 2
New Albany/Union County Symphony League – 3
New Haven Center for Special Needs Adults - 8
Northeast Mississippi Community College - 2
Park Along the River - 3
Rainbow Learning Center - 1
Tallahatchie Riverfest / UCDA - 6
Tallahatchie River Players - 3
Union County Habitat for Humanity - 6
Union County Heritage Museum & Historical Society - 10
Union County Library - 8
Union County Literacy Council - 3
Union County Master Gardeners - 4
Union County Lighthouse Enrichment Center – 10
New Albany Sportsplex Facility - 1
Contributions, memorials, or honorariums may be mailed to
P. O. Box 125
New Albany, MS 38652.
Recent grant recipients
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.
Union County Historical Society and Heritage Museum
Enlightens, enriches and educates the public in the social, political, cultural, economic and natural history of Union County from the earliest times to the present by collecting, researching, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting artifacts and materials as they relate to Union County's heritage.
Taylor Moore Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund
To honor the memory of their son, Taylor, Bobby and Minerva Moore of New Albany established this scholarship fund in December, 2003. The scholarship will be awarded annually to help further the education of a graduate of New Albany High School.
Dean Provence Endowment for Excellence in Education
Founded by Dean Provence in 1986 and renamed upon his death in 1992 in honor of his memory and his dedication to educaiton, this fund provides educational opportunities for the students of New Albany Public Schools that are not ordinarily provided by the regular school budget.
Joan and Bill Morris Scholarship Fund