Christy Laster, left, and Cassandra Ellis work together to clear an area of leaves and pine needles.

In Pictures: Hinds CARES Day

By Cathy Hayden
March 12, 2021

200+ Hinds Employees Across 13 Sites

On Friday, March 5, Hinds held the first Hinds CARES Day. Employees volunteered to help move, organize, and clean at 13 different non-profit organizations around Jackson, Vicksburg, Brandon, Utica, and Pelahatchie. Below are just a few of the sites Hinds CC employees spent their day, showing our community that Hinds CARES.

Lakeshore Park

Volunteers worked to clean up litter at Lakeshore Park, near the Ross Barnett Reservoir. The group dispersed across the large park to clean up in pairs or small groups.

Debbie McCollum, left, and Gary Fox work together to help beautify the park.

A small group cleans up around the tennis courts.

The Ross Barnett Reservoir serves as a backdrop to McCollum walking with her trash bag ready to be filled.

Genesis & Light Center

Clean-up was also the focus of the team of Hinds employees at Genesis and Light Center, which works with local youth.

Christy Laster, left, and Cassandra Ellis work together to clear an area of leaves and pine needles.

Ventres Bolden blows leaves from the courtyard area.

We Will Go

Organizing, sorting and cleaning a resource closet was the project for the group at We Will Go Ministries.

From left, director of We Will Go Ministries Food Pantry, Olivia Hamilton, unlocks the wood shop so Christy Adair, Tawanda McNair and Val Winston can wheel in carts of supplies.

From left, Joycelyn Washington, Tawanda McNair and Christy Adair sort through the contents of a supply closet.

MS Food Network

Established in 1984, Mississippi Food Network feeds more than 150,000 each month.

Packing boxes at Mississippi Food Network

Hinds employees work in an assembly- line style to fill bags with food that fit in student’s backpacks.

President Dr. Steve Vacik addresses the group working at Mississippi Food Network to thank them for their hard work.

Shower Power

Shower power focuses on hygiene, clothing and food needs in the Jackson area.

Valerie Barton organizes jackets in a clothes closet.

Dr. Vacik is recorded speaking about Hinds CARES Day in front of Shower Power.

Full Count Baseball

A group of employees helped clean and prepare a baseball field for local youth.