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United Way announces campaign goal, new volunteer initiative

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Recovering the Pine Belt is a new volunteer initiative of the United Way of Southeast Mississippi. Recovering the Pine Belt is a new volunteer initiative of the United Way of Southeast Mississippi.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The United Way of Southeast Mississippi has announced its fund raising goal for 2013-2014.

At a luncheon at Southern Oaks and Gardens, the organization said it hopes to bring in $1,310,000 during its annual campaign, which will run throughout the fall.

The amount is $90,000 less than last year's goal of $1.4 million.

"That's a little down from last year, but we've taken into mind the economy and the different factors that are facing the people out there," said Russ Hendley, campaign chairman for the United Way of Southeast Mississippi. "But, our community has been so giving and so caring through the years, we feel confident that we'll meet that goal," he said.

Also, the organization announced a new volunteer initiative with the goal of helping families and homeowners affected by the Feb. 10 tornado. It will be called, "Recovering the Pinebelt" and it's an expansion of the United Way's Make A Difference Day.

It will take place beginning Oct. 20 and will last until Oct. 26. 

"Whether it's painting a room or cleaning debris or actually building a house, there are small jobs and large jobs and it's just like the United Way campaign, it's everybody pitching in a little to help out a lot," said Dan Kibodeaux, executive director of the United Way of Southeast Mississippi.   

You can learn more about "Recovering the Pinebelt" by going online to www.volunteerhattiesburg.org.

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