Won't You Lend A Hand?

Get involved with Oxford's charitable organizations--this season and all year

Dignity Period Oxford
404 Lark Run
Oxford MS 38655
(865) 766-7714

What They Do: Provide feminine hygiene products to girls and women in the greater Oxford, MS area who are homeless, living in poverty, or victims of domestic abuse.

How You Can Help: Make a monetary donation, organize an education and donation campaign through your church, civic group or social organization, spread the word, donate feminine hygiene products at Live Well Therapeutic Massage (2621 West Oxford Loop) or Align Body.Mind Studio (125B Heritage Drive).

Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi
P.O. Box 1698
Oxford, MS 38655
(662) 234-9929

What They Do: Family Crisis Services is a victim service and family support organization that helps both chidren and adults suffering in the aftermath of violent crimes such as homicide and sexual assault. Additionally, they provide family support services for all in our community and serve as the Child Advocacy Center for victims of abuse.

How You Can Help: Volunteer to help with crisis line, education programs, administrative duties, awareness activities, fundraisers, advocacy and new volunteer recruitment, or make a monetary donation.

Good Food for Oxford Schools
409 Washington Avenue
Oxford, Mississippi 38655
(662) 234-3541

What They Do: Use farm to school principles to bring local farm produce into school cafeterias that serve more cooked-from-scratch and fresh menu items while also educating students and their families on the importance of eating well.

How You Can Help: Volunteer for Garden Work Day, Garden Weeding or Watering during weekends and holidays, Taste Test Lesson in the classroom or garden, Sprout Scouts, Special Events. Monetary donations also welcome. Send to:

Oxford School District
Child Nutrition Department
Good Food for Oxford Schools Program
Attention: Program Director
409 Washington Avenue
Oxford, Mississippi 38655

*Be sure to write “Good Food for Oxford Schools” in the memo line

Lafayette Literacy Council
P.O. Box 3177
Oxford, MS 38655
(662) 234-4234

What They Do: Improve the quality of life in Oxford and Lafayette County through literacy and reading.

How You Can Help: Sponsor a program, make an in-kind contribution of goods or services, sponsor a fundraising event, help at a fundraiser, read to a classroom of children, help an adult learn to read, post fliers for programs and events, read at a community event, donate through Amazon Smile.

LOU Excel By Five Coalition

440 North Lamar Blvd., Suite 5
Oxford, MS 38655
(662) 236-4265

What They Do: The LOU Excel By 5 Coalition strives to ensure that all children enter kindergarten prepared to succeed in school and in life.

How You Can Help: Attend and/or volunteer at LOU Excel By 5 Coalition events such as community playdates and EXCELebration, serve on a subcommittee such as Family & Parent Support or Community Involvement, contribute an in-kind donation of goods (e.g., children’s books), or make a monetary donation to the United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County.

LOU Reads Coalition
409 Washington Avenue
Oxford, MS 38655
(662) 234-3541

What They Do: The LOU Reads Coalition is a group of local organizations and community leaders dedicated to ensuring all children can read proficiently by the end of the third grade.

How You Can Help: Attend and/or volunteer at LOU Reads Coalition workshops and events, join a focus group such as School Readiness, Out-of-School Time, or Attendance, contribute an in-kind donation of goods (e.g., children’s books), read aloud to your child for 15 minutes a day, or make a monetary donation to the United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County.

P.O. Box 721
Oxford, MS 38655

What They Do: Provide supplemental food for school age children in need on weekends and holidays.

How You Can Help: Drop off easy-to-open, single-serve, non-perishable food donations at any Oxford or Lafayette school (see recommended items on the website), make a monetary donation (send checks to address above), donate through Amazon Smile, or host a food drive.


Mississippi Blood Services
2627 West Oxford Loop #C
Oxford, MS 38655
(662) 234-0363, (888) 90-BLOOD or (888) 902-5663

What They Do: Provide a safe and adequate supply of voluntarily donated blood and blood components for patients in hospitals and to offer related services to our hospitals and other medical facilities. MBS services hospitals across the state.

How You Can Help: Donate whole blood, double red blood cells, or platelets, or make a charitable contribution.

Hours: Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays: 9am-5pm, Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 11am-7pm

Ole Miss Food Bank
207 Rebel Drive
University, MS 38677

What They Do: Foster a healthy college community by providing nourishing food to students in an effort to alleviate hunger on the UM Campus.

How You Can Help: Donate nonperishable food items at 213 Kinard Hall (207 Rebel Drive) on the University of Mississippi campus, volunteer at the food bank or make a monetary donation through the UM Foundation at www.umfoundation.com/makeagift

Oxford Christmas for Nursing Home Residents

What They Do: Raise funds to give nursing home residents in Oxford and Charleston, Mississippi, Christmas gifts, such as dentures, prosthetics, and hearing aids, room décor, books, stuffed animals, etc.

How You Can Help: “Adopt” a nursing home patient via the Oxford Christmas for Nursing Home Residents Facebook page and provide a gift or gifts from their wish list, help organize and wrap gifts, volunteer to distribute gifts, assist with food and decorations for holiday parties at each facility, donate at www.gofundme.com/4g8bhxs. Checks and gifts may also be sent to Allie Chotard at P.O. Box 74, Charleston, MS 38921.

Oxford Community Market
Old Armory Pavilion
1801 University Avenue

What They Do: Foster community bonds, strengthen local economies, educate consumers, advocate for farmers, and improve access to fresh, healthy, local, and sustainable goods for all citizens, including those traditionally underserved.

How You Can Help: Purchase extra items at the Market to donate to OXCM’s Fresh Food Drive (donations are delivered to The Pantry and to Canterbury Crest each Wednesday), volunteer to set up the market, greet customers or help with special events, or make a monetary donation.

The Leap Frog Program
409 Washington Ave.
Oxford, MS 38655

What They Do: Provide reading intervention tutoring and enrichment activities to first, second and third grade from Oxford and Lafayette public schools.

How You Can Help: One-on-one tutoring or enrichment hour. Volunteers must be able to commit to both Monday AND Wednesday, or both Tuesdays AND Thursdays. Operates Monday – Thursday 3:00-5:30 during the academic school year.

The Pantry
713 Molly Barr Road
Oxford, MS 38655
(662) 832-8001

What They Do: Distribute food to people in need in Oxford and Lafayette County.

How You Can Help: Donate food items Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., send monetary donations to P.O. Box 588, Oxford, MS 38655.

United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County
440 North Lamar Blvd., Suite 5
Oxford, MS 38655

What They Do: Improve lives and meet community needs by uniting people and resources.

How You Can Help: Make a monetary donation, contribute an in-kind donation of goods or services, serve as a sponsor for a fundraiser or event, volunteer at and/or attend organizational or community coalition events, or advocate for local initiatives supporting the organization’s focus areas of health, education, financial stability, and basic needs.