What Makes Us Different!
The Box Project, a program of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi offers a unique opportunity to give back. We are distinct because we create supportive, personal relationships directly between a sponsor family and a family in need living in rural America. The Box Project acts as matchmaker, pairing our “sponsor” volunteers with carefully screened individuals or families that need help. The sponsors offer long-term, meaningful interactions including encouragement, advice, and boxes of needed supplies about once a month. As the families come to know each other, trust and friendships grow. For someone that struggles to get by day-to-day, just knowing that their sponsor cares about them personally can have a dramatic, positive impact. The relationship that develops is between families… directly. Sponsors take money out of their own family’s budget to send a box of aid every month to another family in need. Some sponsors use this rich experience to teach their children the value of unselfish giving, and at the same time, everyone learns that the true gift of giving is bestowed upon the giver.
What a Box Can Do?
Tim grew up on a dirt road in the Mississippi Delta "suburbs" of Itta Bena, fortunate to have a Box Project Sponsor family from Maine. When he was an early teen, the sponsor sent Tim two books-the first books he had ever owned. This made a deep impression. Now, after two Master's degrees, he is working on completing a Ph.D. degree in computer science.
Mike was raised by his grandmother along with seven other boys in the family. For over 20 years his family had sponsors who cared. After a visit to Mike's family home in the Mississippi Delta, his sponsors realized the family's rental home was not adequate living conditions for the family. They returned home and made an appeal to local churches to build a new home this family. Over several weeks work crews traveled to rural Mississippi and built a new home this family. Mike worked side by side with the work crews everyday. After the death of his grandmother, Mike is now responsible for the home. He also attended Barber School and now co-owns a local Barber Shop in the community he grew up in.
What our Sponsors Say:"So if The Box Project hadn't been a part of our lives these past thirty years, we could have missed out on a very important opportunity to look beyond the 'box' of poverty and race and find friendship and life lessons in that 'box'. Thank you, Box Project!" Sue and Jon
"I have not missed sending a box every month for over 20 years and I have not missed receiving a note or call back every month for 20 years as well. As much as I send, and I am noted for getting nearly everything at great sale prices so I can afford more, I get back so much more. It is the best money I spend each month. We have never met, but she has certainly become my friend." Barbara
Mission: To encourage and enrich the lives of families and individuals living in poverty in rural America by establishing meaningful relationships, promoting education, and offering material aid.
Fact: 93% of families served by The Box Project live in the Mississippi Delta.