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Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation Awards Grant to WCU’s Quality of Life Project

Hattiesburg, Miss., March 5, 2013 - The Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation’s Ann Morris Memorial Fund recently awarded $10,000 to the William Carey University Quality of Life Project, which pairs music therapy students with adults with intellectual developmental disabilities in activities designed to enrich their lives. The project has been in operation since August 2009.

Dr. Paul Cotton, professor of psychology and executive director of the program, said that the Quality of Life program serves a diversified group as WCU students have one-on-one experiences working with these adults. “Some adult individuals with developmental disabilities do not get a chance to get out of their living quarters and go on outings. Our program’s mission is to enrich the lives of such individuals,” said Dr. Cotten. “The grant will help us charter buses for outings and provide funding for several educational and recreational trips.”

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 review process helps us to invest in productive and contributing nonprofit organizations in our local communities,” said Theresa Erickson, executive director of the Pinebelt Foundation. “The Quality of Life program at William Carey has contributed greatly to the well being of many individuals in our community. We know this funding will help them continue their progressive mission.”

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, and Dr. Paul Cotten, professor of psychology and executive director of the Quality of Life program at WCU, accepting a grant of $10,000 for the Quality of Life Project from The Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation’s Ann Morris Memorial Fund as represented by Theresa Erickson, executive director of the Pinebelt Foundations, and Paul Laughlin, assistant vice president and trust officer at Trustmark Bank, on March 4. The Quality of Life Project pairs students with adults with intellectual developmental disabilities to enrich their lives.