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Gre Pinebelt Community Foundation Awards Grants to WCU Programs

Hattiesburg, Miss., October 25, 2013 - The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation’s Ann Morris Memorial Fund recently awarded $7,000 to the William Carey University Quality of Life Project, which pairs students with adults with intellectual developmental disabilities in activities designed to enrich their lives. The project has been in operation since August 2009. The foundation also awarded $6,901 to a program called “Harnessing Adults Full Potential through Music Therapy.” This program will provide music therapy services to adults with intellectual disabilities at day rehabilitation center to increase acquisition o skill building and activities for daily living.

“This project provides both WCU students and clients opportunities to learn from each other while enjoying educational and recreational outings,” said Dr. Paul Cotten, professor of psychology and director of the Quality of Life program. “Not only do the students become better prepared to work with individuals with disabilities, but they also become aware of the special nature of their clients. An interdependent relationship is developed thanks to the opportunities provided by the funding.

“The music therapy program is truly blessed as the funds will be used to engage WCU music therapy graduates and train future music therapists while bringing new programmatic services to PineBelt Mental Health Resources,” said Jim Pierce, assistant professor of music therapy.

The Ann Morris Memorial Fund was set up to assist area organizations who work to enrich the quality of life of intellectually challenged adults.

“Our Grant Selection Committee is made up of individual reviewers who ensure that all funding is given to organizations who meet the criteria of the donor,” said Theresa Erickson, executive director of the Pinebelt Community Foundation.

The PineBelt Community Foundation exists to strengthen communities by connecting charitably minded people to causes that matter most to them. As a driving charitable force in our region, their mission is to build better communities through philanthropy.

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Pictured are (left to right) Dr. Tommy King, president of William Carey University, Dr. Paul Cotten, professor of psychology and executive director of the Quality of Life program at WCU, Theresa Erickson, executive director of the PineBelt Community Foundation, Jim Pierce, assistant professor of music therapy at WCU, Paul Laughlin, assistant vice president and trust officer at Trustmark Bank, and Dr. Scott Hummel, provost at WCU in the Sarah Gillespie Museum on October 25. The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation’s Ann Morris Memorial Fund awarded $13,901 to WCU - $7,000 to the Quality of Life Project which pairs students with adults with intellectual developmental disabilities to enrich their lives, and $6,901 to a program called “Harnessing Adults Full Potential through Music Therapy.”