Preparations Underway For 2012 Annual Gala

HCHRA’s 18th Annual Gala to be Held on Friday, September 21, 2012

Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) will host its 18th Annual Awards & Recognition Gala on Friday, September 21, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at the Jackson Marriott Hotel in downtown Jackson.  This year’s speaker is Dr. Jerry Young, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church.  Entertainment will be provided by “Amos B” – Saxophonist Extraordinaire.

This year marks a signficant milestone for HCHRA as we celebrate 35 years of providing quality education and community programs that have positively impacted the lives of thousands.  The Gala will help provide critical matching funds for several of our programs and gives us an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of individuals who have defied the odds and overcome challenging life circumstances.  We also recognize our community partners that work with us throughout the year to help eradicate poverty and provide a better life for more than 52,000 low-income citizens in Hinds County.  Tickets for this event are $50.00 per person. General donations are also welcome. For information on tickets or advertising, call (601) 923-1838.

At Hinds County Human Resource Agency, our goal is to help families and strengthen communities.  We have built a solid reputation in eradicating poverty by empowering disadvantaged Hinds County citizens to become self-reliant and realize their full potential. 

Hinds County Retirees Making a Difference

Pictured left to right: Dexter Hogan, Retired Senior Volunteer Program Coordinator, Morris Bozeman of Terry, MS, Eula V. Polk of Terry, MS, Kenn Cockrell, President & CEO of HCHRA, Ethel Minnifield, Assistant Vice-President of Community Programs and Services for HCHRA, and Robert Morton, Vice-President of Community Programs and Services for HCHRA

The Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) hosted its annual Senior Thanksgiving and Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Awards Luncheon on Thursday, November 11, 2010, in the Thad Cochran Community Room at the Jackson Medical Mall. One hundred seventy nine seniors were honored for their service to community and faith-based organizations.

“As long as you can do something that can help somebody, the Lord will bless you. When God blesses you, He blesses you to bless somebody else. You live to help somebody else,” said honoree Eula V. Polk of Terry.

RSVP helps individuals age 55 and older identify volunteer opportunities where they can serve up to 40 hours a week. Tutoring children in reading and math, building houses, helping get children immunized, modeling parenting skills to teen parents, participating in neighborhood watch programs, planting community gardens, providing counsel to new business owners, offering relief services to victims of natural disasters and helping community organizations operate more efficiently are some of the services the volunteers provide.

“RSVP volunteers within the Jackson Metro area have been and will continue to be champions in solving problems in our community, and for this we will always be thankful,” said RSVP Coordinator Dexter Hogan.

For more than twenty-five years, RSVP has been vital in communities throughout the US. Today, more than 450,000 retirees and seniors participate in this program, making it one of the largest volunteer efforts in the nation.

HCHRA Awards Clients and Community Partners at 2010 Annual Gala

Hinds County Human Resource Agency hosts 16th Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet

Bootstrap Awardees Left to right: Willie Mae Dennis, Shameka Grace, Carolyn Ranson, and Marcey Jones - Not Pictured: Stephanie Green and Justin Ficklin

Jackson, MS – With more than 500 people in attendance, community and business leaders and area citizens gathered for the Hinds County Human Resource Agency’s (HCHRA) 16th Annual Awards & Recognition Gala, held at the Hilton Jackson Hotel on September 17, 2010.

Shameka Grace, Marcey Jones, Carolyn Ranson, Willie Mae Dennis, Stephanie Green, and Justin Ficklin have all overcome significant life obstacles and were each presented the HCHRA Bootstrap Award. Each year, this award is given to individuals who have beat the odds and pulled themselves up by their own proverbial bootstraps.

The following awards were also given in recognition of community service and agency support: Medgar Evers Humanitarian Award (Dr. Bill Cooley); J.B. Carr Community Service Award (Robert Langford, Willie Martin and Shirley Tucker); Volunteers of the Year Award (Dr. Tony Webster, Nicole Martin, Gloria Green and Cedric Morgan); Agency Support Award (Peggy Calhoun); Bill Cooley Agency Development Award (Lolita Ross); Board of Directors Award (Tamara Young); and Betsy Morgan Smith Award (John Lunardini).

Gary Anderson, President and CEO of The Anderson Company, LLC, moderated the program and Dr. Bill Cooley, Chairman of Systems Companies, was the keynote speaker. Dr. Cooley’s message entitled “How to be a Social Entrepreneur” captivated the audience. He encouraged attendees to “support local businesses” and “mentor local youths to be effective leaders in Jackson communities.” Entertainment was by Christa Bennett, local contemporary gospel artist and HCHRA employee, and the JSU Jazz Trio.