Autism Center of North Mississippi

Autism Center of North Mississippi (ACNM) is a 501(c)3 non-profit, autism agency in North Mississippi. ACNM provides comprehensive educational and behavioral services to families and schools to support students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Delays, Learning Difficulties, and Challenging Behaviors. Our services include parent consultations, detailed skills assessments, one-on-one Applied Behavior Analysis therapy, in-school services and parent training. ACNM strives to… Provide clinic-based parents/guardians with training and support needed to effectively facilitate childhood learning, advance educational services available for students with learning and/or behavioral issues, promote dissemination of effective educational technologies via highly specialized training and consultation, facilitate the development and refinement of effective parent and educational services through systematic evaluation of educational innovations.

Boys and Girls Club of Mississippi

Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day. In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.  Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day.

Catch A Dream

Catch-A-Dream is a wonderful program that gives children with life-threatening illnesses the chance of a lifetime to experience outdoor adventure.  Catch-A-Dream was founded to memorialize native Mississippian and noted outdoor writer and sculptor, Bruce Brady. The MSU-Extension Service, the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, and the Mississippi 4-H Club Foundation are partnered to administer this program.  Catch-A-Dream is a national, charitable, non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation, that provides once-in-a-lifetime dream hunting and fishing trips to children across the United States and Canada, age 18 and younger, who suffer from life-threatening illnesses. (purpose) Through these adventures, and exposure to outdoors-minded people who care, (business) the program instills in these children a message of encouragement at a time when they need to know that hope does, indeed, exist. (values)

Collegiate Recovery Community

The CRC supports students in recovery by building relationships with students and professionals throughout the university, the local community and the state that creates a social network of camaraderie, belonging, experience and accountability. Within this network, members of the CRC may obtain assistance in many forms, including academic, personal, social, spiritual, and psychological; support that continues throughout their time at Mississippi State. 
The venue for this support can occur in many different ways including formal programming, events, educational opportunities, and informal social gatherings.The Collegiate Recovery Community at Mississippi State University’s primary funding comes from individual donations. Funds received for the CRC are passed on to members primarily in the forms of scholarships. Additionally, finances include an unrestricted base for programming, school supplies, group meals, and education for students and CRC professionals. A facilities fund goes toward plans to develop, build and/or renovate and furnish space on the Mississippi State University campus. 

Extra Table

Extra Table, founded by Robert St. John in 2009, is a nonprofit organization committed to ending hunger. Did you know: Mississippi has the largest number of documented food insecure individuals in the nation? An astounding 28.3% of Mississippi’s children are receiving a school breakfast and a school lunch, and then go to bed hungry every night.  Extra Table supplies food pantries and soup kitchens with the food they need every month.  Not only is Extra Table filling the gap, but we are also compelled to provide healthy, nutrient dense products to those in need. The foods we provide to soup kitchens and food pantries across Mississippi contain low sugar fruits, lean proteins, whole grains, and zero high fructose corn syrup. While driving down hunger in Mississippi, we are simultaneously driving down obesity by getting healthy food into the hands of those who need it most.

At Extra Table, our mission is to solve hunger. We take that challenge seriously, and— thanks to concerned citizens— we are meeting it head on.

-Robert St. John, Founder

Friends of Children’s Hospital

“Friends of Children’s Hospital recently committed to raise $2 million for the new Children’s Heart Center at Batson Children’s Hospital, the first of its kind in Mississippi where children with heart defects can receive world class care without traveling out of state.”

“Our heart program is the only one of its kind in Mississippi with comprehensive evaluation and treatment for children with heart defects or disease. The well-trained, highly skilled and nationally recognized care team cares for patients from fetus to young adults, specializing in non-invasive and invasive studies as well as surgical intervention for congenital (present before or at birth) heart defects, acquired heart disease and arrhythmia.”

Hope Village

Hope Village for Children was founded in 2000 by actress Sela Ward, a Meridian native, with a vision to “lead each child to a place where hope is born.” Children who come to Hope Village have been removed from their primary caregiver’s custody by the Mississippi Department of Human Services. The Hope Village campus consists of five cottages: two cottages are licensed as emergency shelters for children ages birth to 18, while two other cottages are licensed as long-term residential facilities for children ages 12-18. Recently, Hope Village extended its services to include a transitional residential program, serving children in care who “age out” of the foster care system but who choose to remain in the care of Hope Village. Children attend local public school or enroll in an accredited GED program.

Little Light House

The Little Light House – Central Mississippi is a Christian, developmental center for children with special needs ages birth through six years old. On July 1st, 2012, the Little Light House re-located to Hinds County, sharing Briarwood Presbyterian Church’s facility. It is staffed by certified special education teachers, therapists and approved volunteers. Physical, occupational and speech therapists are located at the school. This trans-disciplinary team takes a holistic approach to each child’s education. Individual educational plans with measurable goals are used to ensure that each child develops to their fullest potential. 

Magnolia Speech School

Magnolia Speech School exists to enable children with communication disorders to develop their full potential through spoken language and literacy.  Magnolia Speech School treats the whole child by promoting success in learning, social interaction, emotional stability, and intellectual and physical development while emphasizing the concept of being a worthwhile individual. The educational program for each child is individually designed and emphasizes the development of communicative, cognitive, and social skills, which will facilitate the child’s integration into society. The staff is dedicated to the promotion of a positive attitude toward learning through positive reinforcement and encouragement. It is the school’s ultimate goal for students to complete this program ready to enter other educational programs appropriate to their educational needs. At Magnolia Speech School, we believe speech and oral language are every child’s birthright. We feel if it is possible for a child to develop oral communication skills, he should be given the opportunity.

Make A Wish

Make-A-Wish® Mississippi was founded in 1984 in memory of a little girl who lived in Gulfport. After she was diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, a group of caring individuals raised funds to send her, alone with her mother and grandmother, to Walt Disney World® Resort.
The family and others, moved by the generosity of those who contributed their time and money, felt compelled to reach out to other families facing similar circumstances.
Make-A-Wish Mississippi is currently granting over 100 wishes per year.  Make-A-Wish Mississippi grants wishes to children residing in the 65 southernmost counties of the state. The Mid-South Chapter grants the wishes of the children residing in the other 17 counties.

Methodist Children’s Homes

Begun in 1896 as an orphanage, MCH has been home to more than 11,000 children. Through our group homes, adolescent parenting services, independent living program, and therapeutic foster care program, MCH serves children, from birth to age 21, who have been physically, emotionally, and/or sexually abused. These children are referred to us by the Mississippi Department of Health and Human Services, churches, and parents or guardians. MCH strives to meet the needs of the children in our care in a home-like environment.

Mississippi Fellowship of Christian Athletes

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives… one heart at a time. Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ. 

Mississippi Kids Count

Speaker Hill Harper at the Metro Jackson College Fair MS KIDS COUNT, with support from the Mullen Family 36 Foundation, arranged for humanitarian, actor, author, health and wellness ambassador/educator and philanthropist, Hill Harper to speak at the Metro Jackson College Fair on February 18thCenter. Hill Harper gave an inspiring message to over 3700 Mississippi high school juniors and seniors, encouraging them to be the architects of their own dreams while underscoring the importance of education in one’s life. At the conclusion of the remarkable presentation there were was an inspiring question and answer session with Hill Harper and the youth. Using his intellect afforded by two Harvard degrees, coupled with his “rock star” celebrity status, he projected a winning combination that captured the attention of each of these youth. at the Jackson Convention.

Mississippi Special Olympics

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics Athletes and their community.

Palmer Home for Children

Since 1895, Palmer Home for Children has been a safe harbor for children who need a home. We open our doors to children who, for any number of reasons, lack an adequate family structure. Serving individual children and sibling groups, Palmer Home provides a family and a community to children in need regardless of race or gender.Each child is received in a spirit of love and we are committed to serving every aspect of their life. Our work is to soften the hearts that have been hardened by grief, and create a place “Where Hope Still Grows.”


At RideABILITY we are strengthening the minds, bodies, and spirits of riders with special needs in the Jackson, Mississippi metro area.


St. Jude

Unsure of his life’s direction, a young Danny Thomas sought guidance from St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes. If the saint would point to the path he should take, Danny vowed to build a shrine in his name. Success followed Danny’s plea and soon after, the legendary entertainer set about fulfilling his vow to St. Jude. The result was St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. When Thomas’ entertainment career began to flourish, he contemplated the pledge he had made to St. Jude Thaddeus, patron saint of the hopeless. He would build a haven for the helpless. A facility where research would shine light into the darkness.A place of compassion that would treat children regardless of race, color, creed or their family’s ability to pay. Thomas’ vision became a reality when St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened February 4, 1962. During the past five decades, St. Jude has become the world’s premier pediatric research institution. Danny Thomas said it best: “No child should die in the dawn of life.” During the next 50 years, St. Jude will continue that quest, further improving survival rates for childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases. We will not stop until we reach 100%.

The Nick Bell Foundation

Our mission is to empower children, teen and young adults to reach their potential so that they may live their dreams. Nick Bell was living his dream playing football in The SEC and sharing his love for people with encouragement and kindness towards everyone he met. Fearless, meeting no strangers and greeting everyone with a smile. To continue this legacy of who Nick was, we want to encourage every child with these same characteristics. Help us to continue our work with your support to The Nick Bell Foundation.

TK Martin Center for Technology and Disability

The T.K. Martin Center provides comprehensive, multi-disciplinary evaluations to remove limitations through the application of assistive technology, allowing individuals to participate in educational, vocational and leisure activities to the fullest degree they choose. The comprehensive nature of the services offered ensures that the correct solutions are achieved efficiently and effectively, with needs being met in a one-stop shop. The staff of the T.K. Martin Center consists of a specialized team of Speech-language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Special Educators, and Rehabilitation and Biomedical Engineers. Facilities at the center include adaptive computer laboratories, design and fabrication workshops, a driver rehabilitation program, a seating and mobility center and specialized evaluation rooms. The fusion of modern facilities and resources with a staff dedicated to the realization of untapped human potential ensures a comprehensive approach with integrated, composite outcomes for persons with disabilities.