Volunteer of the Week – Jami Cameron tackles menstrual poverty in Mississippi – The Vicksburg Post
This week’s Vicksburg Post Volunteer of the Week is West Central Mississippi United Way member Jami Cameron.
Cameron is the Communications Coordinator at Industrial Packaging’s Vicksburg Containerboard Plant and is one of United Way’s most dedicated volunteers. Cameron has been an active member of the United Way community for nearly two decades and is currently the 2021 Campaign Chair.
In October, she coordinated with United Way of West Central Mississippi and United Way Worldwide to host an event aimed at addressing menstrual poverty in the community. Industrial Packaging team members assembled 375 feminine hygiene kits, which were then donated to 601 for Period Equity, a local nonprofit dedicated to fighting menstrual poverty in Mississippi. The organization distributes feminine hygiene kits statewide to shelters, schools, free clinics, individuals and families.
âWe are proud to partner with the United Way to fight menstrual poverty among girls and women in the communities where we live and work,â said Cameron. âThis is especially important as more than 62% of households in our region are forced to make the difficult decision of choosing between basic necessities such as feminine hygiene supplies and food or medicine. “
We wanted to express our gratitude for Jami’s commitment to the community and ask him questions about his involvement in the fight for accessible feminine hygiene products.
How did you hear about this program?
I have been fortunate enough to hold public relations positions throughout my career, which has allowed me to work alongside community organizations to contribute to positive change. That’s when I first got involved with United Way of West Central Mississippi.
How long have you been a volunteer?
About two decades.
What are your activities and what do they consist of?
I volunteer when any opportunity presents itself. While it has been more difficult over the past year and a half due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are slowly getting back to normal. This year, I had the honor of chairing the 2021 campaign. I have met so many wonderful volunteers in this role. It makes me deeply appreciate all that our campaign coordinators and United Way volunteers do to ensure that we raise enough funds to have a positive impact on education, financial stability, health and support services.
What is your favorite memory while volunteering?
Carry out community service projects with members of my International Paper team during a support day; partnered with United Way to bring together nearly 400 Feminine Hygiene Kits that have been donated to 601 for Period Equity to help end menstrual poverty.
What did you learn from volunteering with this organization?
I learned that together everything is possible. I have also learned that there are so many wonderful people in our community who truly enjoy serving others. It is a joy to see and be part of such a loving community!
Thank you, Jami Cameron, for your commitment to the Vicksburg community!