Members of the Lauderdale County Rotary Club invited Local TV Star Sela Ward and Hope Village Executive Director Tina Aycock to discuss resources needed for Hope Village.
“Hope Village for children serves children who have been in the foster care system for a very long time. Most of them have been in many foster homes or many placements, some as many as thirty in the last three or four years. When they get to Hope Village, we’re hoping that it is the last time they’ll move, and we can move them into a permanent place,” said Tina Aycock, Hope Village executive director.
During the meeting, the Child Care Act was discussed, and members learned about how the additional funding is needed in order to put children in the proper homes.
“We have one kid that has been in 30 foster homes. We are trying to now bridge the gap so that we help match up the kids with foster parents. It’s not just taking a dart and throwing it at the wall to see if it sticks. We match up the parents with the children,” said Sela Ward, actress.
Donations can be made to Hope Village and are tax credible. You first must fill out this form. All money donated will go directly to the shelter and not the state.
“The State of Mississippi has deemed certain organizations eligible for this tax support which cost the taxpayer nothing. If you are able to, with the individual $500 and for a married couple $1,000, you send $1,000 or $500 to Hope Village now when you file your tax return. When it comes time to file your tax return the government gives you the money back,” said Aycock.