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Service to the surrounding community is one of AOP’s fundamental objectives. The organization currently engages with the community through the following projects.


Northstar Rescue

Help North Star Rescue

North Star Rescue in Lucedale, Mississippi, is in crisis right now, facing an overwhelming number of abandoned animals. If you can, please open your home to one of these friends in need. If you can’t adopt, we hope you’ll help in another way. 


Homebaked for the Holidays

Homebaked for the Holidays

Working with the Wesley Foundation and Sigma Alpha Lambda, the USM Association of Office Professionals distributed home-baked cakes and cookies to USM’s international students who are staying in Hattiesburg for the holidays. The program, in its fourth year, helps bring joy to those far from home. We hope we made your holidays a little brighter! (photo courtesy WDAM)


Food Donations 11-2023

Cans for Collegiates Campaign

Food insecurity is a reality. We need to help our students succeed.

AOP put out the call, and people responded. In November, we delivered several boxes of food to the Eagles Nest Food Pantry on the Hattiesburg campus. Thank you for helping to make this food drive a success!



Blessings in a Backpack

AOP would like to thank everyone who donated cash and/or items for our Blessings in a Backpack initiative. We were able to help many of our international students who might otherwise have had to do without important school supplies. Look at those happy faces!



Coats for Comfort

Another THANK YOU is due for the generous people who donated coats / outerwear for our international students. Over 40 garments will be keeping them warm this winter!

2023 Senior Snack Drive

Embracing Our Elderly 

We all know that seniors in our area are in need. Aop recently provided some holiday cheer as well as necessities to seniors in a local nursing home, thanks to the generosity of its members and the Southern Miss community.


Cards for Caring

Cards of Caring

Human caring is essential to mental health. During the holiday isolation, a lack of interaction can be especially harmful. To avoid this, we reach out each year to seniors and veterans in our community to let them know we care about them, especially during the holidays. 



Snacks for Support 

Imagine having to undergo grueling chemotherapy. You are scared. You may be alone. You are faced with many unknowns. Will chemo help you? Will it make you sick?

One way we can show our support is through a donation to the Forest General Cancer Center Snack Fund. The Forest General Cancer Center provides free snacks to those undergoing treatment. At a time of unpleasantness, patients of the Cancer Center receive the pleasant surprise of a cookie or chips to nurture them physically and emotionally and distract them from what otherwise can be a stressful and debilitating experience. Help us support this wonderful initiative that shows those undergoing treatment that their community cares about them. This small gesture might be the only good thing in a patient’s day.


USM Food Pantries

Eagle's Nest Food Pantry

Help combat food insecurity any time by donating to one of our campus pantries.

Hattiesburg Campus Pantries

USM Eagle's Nest
Located across from the stadium ticket office in the Union
Open Monday. Tuesday & Wednesday, 10 am to 2 pm 
For more information call 601.266.6028.

The Eagle's Nest Food Pantry needs volunteers Mondays and Wednesdays from 
10 am to 2 pm and some Tuesdays.  For more information, see The Eagles Nest Food Pantry webpage. 

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NOTE: The Eagle's Nest Food Pantry is also in need of recycled grocery bags.

Wesley Foundation Pantry
Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm
For more information email

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Gulf Park Pantry
Open Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm 
For more information call 228.214.3341, or email gulfparkpantryFREEMississippi.

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For more information about food insecurity, please visit our Food Insecurity page. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, click here to contact Jennifer%20Lewis, community service chair.

Resources for Finding Volunteer Opportunities

Center for Community Engagement

Volunteer Match

Volunteer USM

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