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Released November 4, 2003

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By David Tisdale

HATTIESBURG - Employee volunteers at The University of Southern Mississippi are urging their co-workers and students to give generously to this year's United Way Campaign, currently underway on campus.

The United Way supports a variety of community outreach programs, including the Boys and Girls Club and the Domestic Abuse Shelter. At Southern Miss, the Children's Center for Communication and Development and the Dubard School receive support from United Way.

"The United Way has provided countless benefits to our community, helping those in need and supporting programs for our youth," said Karen Reidenbach, director of the Southern Miss United Way campaign. "You can see the impact their support has right here on campus when you visit the Dubard School or the CCCD."

Organizers are targeting a goal of 80 percent participation or more by faculty, staff and students and ask that donors consider taking advantage of the payroll deduction option as a convenient way to participate in the campaign. There is no minimum on a payroll deduction. For those who are paid biweekly, the deduction will come out of the second check each month.

"The Children's Center for Communication and Development has been a United Way agency for 30 years," said Margaret Butross-Brinegar, director of the center. "The contributions provide teacher assistants as well as physical, occupational and speech therapy, specialized toys and adaptive furniture and equipment. United Way provides a vital role in serving children with disabilities and their families in the most comprehensive way possible."

"We're honored and privileged to have been a part of the United Way since the Dubard School was founded in 1962," said Dr. Maureen Martin, director of the school. "Their support has meant a great deal over the years to many children with severe communication disorders."

For more information on how to help with the campaign and the services United Way provides to Hattiesburg and Southern Miss communities, contact Karen Reidenbach at (601) 266-4082.



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