Volunteer Resources

Below is some important information for all our volunteers. If you have a suggestion for something that you think is missing from this page, please feel free to email us at volunteer@saffairs.msstate.edu. You can also view all volunteer opportunities by logging into OrgSync here. Click here to view the MVC Guide to Volunteering.

WHAT IS THE MAROON VOLUNTEER CENTER?

The Maroon Volunteer Center serves as a clearinghouse to match volunteers with community partners and service opportunities both on and off campus. The MVC also helps support service based student organizations and events including Service DAWGS, Bulldogs on the Move, Bulldog Mentors, Alpha Phi Omega, and countless others. Finally, the MVC compliments the mission of Mississippi State University by building service and philanthropic partnerships with campus and community organizations.

HOW DO I SIGN-UP TO VOLUNTEER?

You can stay up-to-date on volunteer projects on campus and in the community by signing-up for our weekly newsletter here. In addition, you can view all available volunteer opportunities on campus and in the community by logging to OrgSync. The first time you login to OrgSync you will need to complete a profile, which is a very simple process. If you are a student, faculty, staff or affiliate of MSU, please select “login with your Campus ID”. Your Campus ID is your Net ID.

CAN I HAVE A LIST OF THE LOCAL AGENCIES YOU WORK WITH?

You can view and/or download a copy of our 2013-2014 Community Partner Manual. Have information on a local non-profit or agency that we may not have listed? Send us an email at volunteer@saffairs.msstate.edu. Also, all our community partners are available on OrgSync. Once you login, click on “organizations” and “add organization” to search our community partners. Or, view our local agencies list below.

I’M HAVING TROUBLE USING ORGSYNC. WHERE CAN I GET HELP?

If you need information on logging hours, searching volunteer projects, and creating or printing your service record, click here. If you need additional assistance, stop by the MVC in 306 Moseley Hall, or email us at volunteer@saffairs.msstate.edu.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR ON-GOING PROGRAMS?

You can view a list of them under our programs tab by clicking here. For all volunteer projects, please login to OrgSync. Once you have logged in, click “view all event” on the bottom right side of the screen or click on “my tools” and then “service opportunities” to search threw all volunteer projects posted on OrgSync.

Local Agencies

On-going Volunteer Opportunities Available with Local Agencies
Listed below are the agencies in the Golden Triangle Region along with their needs. If you’re looking for a place to volunteer your time, or you simply want to learn more about the needs that exist in our area, these agencies are a great place to start. If you are interested in any volunteer opportunity listed below, view OrgSync to find out more information about each agency and how to get involved or download a copy of our community partner guide.

Animals

  • Oktibbeha Audubon Society
    Phone: 228-697-5858
    Purpose/Mission: To work within our community to promote conservation of our natural ecosystems. Our focus is birds, other wildlife and their natural habitats for the benefit of humanity and nature.
  • Oktibbeha County Humane Society
    Email: oktcohumane@bellsouth.net
    Phone: 662-338-1065
    Location: 510 Industrial Park Road, Starkville, MS
    Purpose/Mission: To promote domestic animal welfare. OCHS is based on the belief that the community has the responsibility to treat animals humanely. Its goals include providing humane education; promoting animal welfare legislation; advocating and facilitating pet sterilization; and rescuing, sheltering, and promoting adoption of abandoned animals.

Adult Education

  • Emerson Family Resource Center
    Phone: 662-320-4607
    Location: 1504 S. Louisville St., Starkville, MS
    Purpose/Mission: The Emerson Family Resource Center (EFRC) operates out of the Starkville School District's Emerson Family School. The EFRC strengthens families in Oktibbeha County through parenting, enrichment, support, and referral services. EFRC also collaborates with other area organizations, agencies and groups through its Advisory Council to promote strong families throughout the community. Special Education Classes A school or program within a school that provides services and training to students with moderate to severe mental and/or physical disabilities. Adult Education Classes Programs offering GED or equivalent courses for adults within regular schools, whether classes are held during evening or daytime schedules.

Arts & Culture

  • Starkville Area Arts Council
    Phone: 662-312-7554
    Location: 101 S. Lafayette Street, Starkville, MS
    Purpose/Mission: To promote the essential value of the arts for culture, educational, social, ethnic, and economic vitality of the Starkville area.
  • Starkville Community Market
    Phone: 662-312-7554
    Location: East Lampkin Street, Starkville, MS 39759
  • Starkville Community Theatre
    Phone: 662-338-1065
    Location: 108 E. Main Street, Starkville, MS
    Purpose/Mission: To offer quality entertainment for our community and wonderful opportunities for theatre enthusiasts to be involved – on stage, backstage and everywhere in between!

Children & Youth

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Golden Triangle
    Phone: 662-615-8890
    Location: 911 Lynn Lane, Starkville, MS
    Purpose/Mission: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
  • Brickfire Afterschool Program
    Phone: 662-325-5321
    Location: 143 Westside Drive, Starkville, MS
    Purpose/Mission: Brickfire Project in Starkville, MS is a private company categorized under Child Care Service. Our records show it was established in 1973 and incorporated in Mississippi. Register for free to see additional information such as annual revenue and employment figures.
  • Girl Scouts Heart of the South
    Phone: 662-328-1930
    Location: 321 7th St. N., Columbus, MS
    Purpose/Mission: Girl Scouts offers girls and young women the world’s premier personal growth and leadership development experience.
  • The Outreach Office of the Bagley College of Engineering
    Phone: 662-325-8511/662-325-8857
    Location: 250 McCain Hall, Mississippi State, MS
    Purpose/Mission: Outreach activities are designed to offer students and teachers the opportunity to explore and learn about the many different facets within the engineering field. The K-12 Outreach offers summer program camps that engage students with interests in math, science and computers in hands-on engineering projects.
  • Palmer Home for Children
    Purpose/Mission: The mission of Palmer Home for Children is to provide superior residential care for children that introduces the love of God through service, and to extend that care to many more children in need.
    The Palmer Home for Children is located in Columbus, MS, with two thrift store locations whose proceeds go directly towards the mission of the Palmer Home. Volunteers and donations are needed at the Palmer Home for Children and at the thrift stores.
    Columbus Palmer Home for Children
    Phone: 662-328-5704
    Starkville Thrift Store
    Phone: 662-323-2800
    Location: Village Mall Shopping Center -- 422 Highway 12 W #B Starkville, MS
    Columbus Thrift Store
    Phone: 662-328-7940
    Location: 2608 Main Street, Columbus, MS
  • Sally Kate Winters Family Services
    Phone: 662-494-4867
    Location: 317 N. Division St., West Point, MS
    Purpose/Mission: Sally Kate Winters Family Services offers a foster parent program that supports a continuum of care for children within the foster care system.

Civic & Community Enrichment

  • Starkville Multi-Cultural Lion’s Club
    Phone: 662-323-6229
    Purpose/Mission: To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.
  • Volunteer Starkville
    Phone: 662-268-2865
    Email: info@volunteerstarkville.org
    Location: 101 S. Lafayette St. Suite 20, Starkville, MS
    Purpose/Mission: Volunteer Starkville is a one-stop resource for all things volunteering. We serve local nonprofits and volunteers to connect and find purpose in building a strong community.

Disability Support

  • Starkville-Golden Triangle National Federation of the Blind
    Phone: 662-832-5156
    Email: info@volunteerstarkville.org
    Location: P.O. Box 5156, Mississippi State, MS
    Purpose/Mission: To advocate for the civil rights and equality of blind Americans, and develops innovative education, technology, and training programs to provide the blind and those who are losing vision with the tools they need to become independent and successful.

Disaster Preparedness, Relief, & Recovery

  • American Red Cross
    Phone: 662-323-4621/662-842-6101
    Location: 106 Miley Dr., Starkville, MS
    Purpose/Mission: American Red Cross volunteers help save lives—assisting disaster victims, delivering community education courses and working with millions of volunteer blood donors.
  • Oktibbeha County Fire Department
    Email: austin.check@oktibbehacountyfd.org
    Phone: 662.418.7441
    Purpose/Mission: The districts offer fire protection, rescue, and emergency medical services to residents, businesses, and visitors of the county.
  • Oktibbeha County-Starkville Emergency Response Volunteer Services (OSERVS)
    Email: OSERVScpr@gmail.com
    Phone: 662-384-2200
    Location: 106 Miley Dr., Starkville, MS
    Purpose/Mission: The purpose of OSERVS shall be to work in conjunction with city officials, county officials, the Oktibbeha County Emergency Management Agency, and the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security to provide training opportunities for the public in disaster preparedness and response.

Environment, Health & Wellness

  • Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of Mississippi
    Email: info@ggsim.org
    Phone: 662-694-0124
    Purpose/Mission: Help Mississippians make sustainable choices by connecting people with essential education and resources.
  • Healthy Starkville
    Website: http://www.healthystarkville.com/
    Purpose/Mission: To involve all facets of the community in developing and promoting a comprehensive approach to Healthy Starkville
  • Noxubee Wildlife Refuge
    Phone: (662) 323-5548
    Location: 2970 Bluff Lake Rd., Brooksville, MS
    Purpose/Mission: The Refuge managers are responsible for managing the 48,000-acre Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, located in east-central Mississippi.
  • StarkvilleIn Motion
    Email: starkvilleinmotion@gmail.com
    Location: P.O. Box 3570,
    Mississippi State, MS
    Purpose/Mission: To promote the development and maintenance of bike lanes, sidewalks, and trails in Starkville and Oktibbeha County and improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety.

Poverty & Human Services

  • Starkville Bridges Out of Poverty
    Email: bridgesoutofpoverty@gmail.com
    Phone: 662-418-3100
    Location: 104 W. Lampkin St. , Starkville, MS
    Purpose/Mission: To eradicate poverty in Oktibbeha County by providing education and resources for people in poverty to transition into the middle-class.
  • Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity
    Email Address: hhumanity@bellsouth.net
    Phone: 662-324-4867
    Purpose/Mission: To empower families in breaking the cycle of poverty through ownership of a decent home.

Working with Seniors

  • Gentiva Hospice
    Email: carly.wheat@gentivahospice.com
    Phone: 662-615-1519
    Location: 115 Highway 12, Starkville, MS
    Purpose/Mission: To improve quality of life for those we serve through the delivery of clinical excellence, extraordinary service and compassionate care, while being recognized as the leader in home health and hospice services.

Food Pantries

Listed below are some of the food resource agencies in need of volunteers and donations.

  • Beth-El Missionary Baptist Church
    Contact: Ricky Howard
    Phone: 662-769-0246
    Location: 1766 MS Hwy 182 West, Starkville, MS
  • Peter’s Rock Temple COGIC
    Contact: Missionary Betty Young
    Phone: 662-615-4493
    Location: 223 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., Starkville, MS
    Distance from campus: 1.6 miles/6 minutes
    Dates of Distribution: Wednesday from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
  • Pinelake Church
    Contact: Johnnie Armstrong
    Phone: 601-260-3526
    Location: 200 Mississippi HWY 25, Starkville, MS
    Distance from Campus: 4.3 miles/10 minutes
    Dates of Distribution: 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month
  • Sand Creek Chapel Missionary Baptist Church
    Contact: Ronney Outlaw
    Phone: 662-418-4273
    Location: Rockhill Road, Starkville, MS
    Distance from campus: 9.5 miles/ 24 minutes
    Date of Distribution: 3rd Saturday of each month
  • St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
    Contact: Mark Lilly
    Phone: 662-323-7794
    Location: 607 University Dr., Starkville, MS
    Distance from campus: 0.7 miles/3minutes
    Dates of Distribution: 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month
  • Starkville Church of God
    Contact: Lisa Tennyson
    Phone: 662-323-0352
    Location: 100 Locksley Way, Starkville, MS
    Distance from campus: 1.5 miles/5minutes
    Dates of Distribution: 3rd Tuesday of each month