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TURNER: Mississippi Non-Profits: Paying it Forward

Alan Turner

Alan Turner

Ever Reaching Community Outreach began as a small, grass-roots group dedicated to helping one family in need, and has now grown to an organization helping many needy individuals and families around the Magnolia State.

In a recent meeting with Van and Tammy Brun, who were instrumental in getting the group organized, up and running, we discussed their mission and scope of service. From a tiny beginning, the group has come to encompass many churches from all denominations, and counts a number of pastors on its board.

Among other thing, their goal is to identify and help people who are truly desperate, those who are “standing on the edge of a cliff,” and to help provide them with needed food, clothing, and shelter.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Tammy said. “So many people right here in Mississippi really have nothing.” She related the story of one teenage girl who didn’t even have shampoo to wash her hair, let alone many of the other necessities of life.

Van talked about an elderly couple who were living in a “shack, without heat.”  The group organized a drive to provide the couple with a comfortable mobile home.

How do they accomplish their mission?

“We are blessed to have many people who are willing to volunteer their time, who are willing to donate useful items of furniture, appliances, clothing and so on, along with food,” Tammy said.

The group now has a 3,000-square-foot location where they are able to store some of the donated items that will be used to meet the needs of their constituents.

They are planning a spring carnival of sorts on April 26 at Muscadine Park in Pelahatchie, which will feature food, games, entertainment, train rides and more, a “great day of family fun,” as they put it. The proceeds will to toward supporting ERCO.

From their point of view, being able to help those in desperate need provides its own “rewards and blessings.” It is certainly encouraging to see a grass roots movement such as this develop into an organization that is helping many deserving folks right here in Mississippi, and that doesn’t happen without determination and effort. It’s a great way to Pay it Forward.

For further information on the organization, visit their website at www.everreaching.com, or they can be reached at (601) 937-0697 for more information about the spring event in Pelahatchie.

» Contact Mississippi Business Journal publisher Alan Turner at alan.turner@msbusiness.com or (601) 364-1021.


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