Natchez-Adams County Community Resources

*** This page is a work in progress. Email us with organizations, services or info that need to be added or changed.***

We list only non-profit and public services to improve awareness and coordination of community development initiatives; and to provide a resource list for people in need, workforce and small business development, and volunteering opportunities. We are not able to list private businesses or faith-based organizations beyond those listed as part of non-profit collaborative efforts.

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Community resources:

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Collaborations across Sectors

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.
— Henry Ford

Community Alliance of Natchez-Adams County

Founded originally in the Natchez-Adams County Chamber of Commerce to bring together voices from business, government and organizations for community and economic development. Many ways to get involved: volunteering with a member group, participating in projects, or just adding your voice because this is your community. Participate in open public monthly meetings on first Monday of each month at 4-5pm, 108 S. Commerce Street; or email to be added to our mailing list: communityalliancenac@gmail.com.

Children's Advocacy Center; Coalition for Children and Youth

The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) is a child-focused, community-based program that focuses on children ages 3 through 18 who have been victimized by physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect, or traumatized by witnessing a violent crime. It also serves adults who do not have the cognitive ability to protect themselves. Alleged or suspected victims are referred to the Center by the Mississippi Department of Human Services, a Youth Court, or a law enforcement agency in Adams, Claiborne, Franklin, Jefferson or Wilkinson County. Before the Center was begun, child abuse victims had to repeatedly relive their trauma by telling their stories to a teacher, police officer, doctor, social worker, mental health professional, prosecutor and others. We help such victims by providing one interview with a trained forensic interviewer.

In addition to eliminating the need for numerous separate interviews, this arrangement ensures that the victim’s questioning includes matters of concern to each agency involved, enlists the expertise of the full team in determining appropriate follow-up care for the victim, and results in evidence gathered in a manner suitable for court proceedings. As appropriate following the interview, the Center makes therapy services available to the child and/or nonoffending family members. All services of the Center are provided free of charge since most victims could not otherwise afford them. The Center also links the child and family to other aid available in the community, provides transportation to therapy, and emotionally prepares the child for the experience of testifying in court. The multidisciplinary team for each county meets monthly to follow up on each child abuse victim’s physical and emotional status, living situation and use of mental health and community resources.

The Coalition for Children and Youth meets monthly to coordinate across stakeholders for children and youth services and events.

Source: Natchez Children's Services, http://ntzchs.org/childrens_advocacy_center.aspx

Project HEAL: Natchez (health. equity. arts. learning.)

Project HEAL: Natchez is a rural prototype site for Project HEAL by IDEAS xLab (Louisville, KY). PHN introduces arts and culture as the key drivers for learning, action and evaluation by communities seeking to increase civic engagement toward greater participation in policy-making and improved wellbeing. Training has focused on teaching strategies for cultivating community health, building equity and shaping policy. This approach builds capacity by cultivating more fully engaged communities, with creative civic leaders who have the necessary skills and resources to develop equitable policies and sustainable programs that positively impact wellbeing at the community-wide level.

The goal of PHN is to positively impact racial equity and to build new community wealth in Natchez black-owned businesses and organizations through capacity-building in arts, culture and heritage tourism. PHN is focused primarily on Saint Catherine Street, a street that embodies the African American struggle from enslavement to freedom.

IDEAS xLab has worked closely with Natchez organizations to identify new opportunities and coalitions for building a more robust and inclusive economic policy around heritage tourism. Our collaborators include: National Coalition for 100 Black Women SW MS Chapter; Miss-Lou Heritage Group and Tours; Historic Natchez Foundation; Natchez Convention Promotion Commission and Visit Natchez; City of Natchez; Natchez Heritage School of Cooking, African Heritage Foods and Old Ways Cooking; Museum of African American History and Culture; Scent from Natchez.


Workforce Development

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.
— Benjamin Franklin

Co-Lin Community College

The Career, Technical and Workforce Education (CTWE) Division at Copiah-Lincoln has many services and opportunities for our district. Career and Technical Education prepares students of all ages for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers. Students receive the skills, knowledge and training necessary to be career-ready. Workforce Education provides services to employers, employees and individuals which include training opportunities designed to enhance an employee's performance. Whether it is on-the-job skills or non-credit training programs which allow individuals to improve their skills for current or future employment, Workforce Education is able to support the workforce in Southwest Mississippi.

Training calendar: https://careertraining.colin.edu/natchez-campus. Community special interest semester classes are available as well. Click here for Fall 2017 special interest classes.

WIN Job Center

Services: Job Placement Assistance; Job and Skill Training, Guidance and Support; Priority Services for Veterans; Career Counseling; Job Corps Information; Trade Adjustment Assistance Benefits Information; Referral to Supportive Services; Referral to Vocational Rehabilitation Services; and Information about HUD Rental and Homeownership Programs.

Resources: Computers with Internet access, printer, phone, copier, resume preparation, software. Private room for employer interviews. 107 John Pitchford Parkway, Natchez / 601-442-0243

Armstrong Public Library

Computer access and occasional resume support services and other workforce development programs. Summer reading program for children. 220 S. Commerce St, Natchez / 601-445-8862 / armstronglibrary.org / Facebook: facebook.com/JudgeGeorgeWArmstrong

Work Ready Initiative (for employers)

Your business can become a Work Ready business. From Natchez Inc: In the Miss Lou we are working to “Bridge the Skills Gap” that hinders the growth of our economy and the quality of life in our communities.  This initiative will create a workforce system that will develop the infrastructure and pipeline to provide skilled workers for employers.  Join in this effort to improve our region, because “when the workforce improves, everything improves. Natchez Inc, 100 S. Pearl St, Natchez / 601-445-0288 / http://www.natchezinc.com/index.php/regional_data/miss_lou_work_ready

 To download the company support form click here.

Natchez, Inc.

Natchez, Inc., a public-private partnership established as of June 1, 2010, is the dynamic organization in the economic development of Natchez-Adams County. Many resources on starting a small business, data, site selection center and much more available on the website. 100 S. Pearl St, Natchez / 601-445-0288 / natchezinc.com


Volunteering Opportunities

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
— Mahatma Ghandi

Green Alliance

Reach out to schools and teach kids about recycling; reach out to businesses about recycling programs at work; plan and develop local food distribution systems and support local businesses. Winner of a 2014 Environmental Hero Award: https://www.msrecycles.org/news/mrcnews/403-2014envheroawards.html

Natchez-Adams County Habitat for Humanity

Our local Habitat for Humanity affiliate has built 20 homes for local families, offering a permanent solution to poor housing conditions. No experience necessary. Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, 8am-12noon. Give them a heads up through FB that you are coming so they can plan projects. One person or 20 - either is fine. Don't want to build? Join the Family Nurture Committee to work with homeowners on financial management skills. 

Wharlest Jackson Memorial Community Garden

Seasonal. Build nutrition and a healthy community by volunteering in this garden on Brenham St at Minor Street. Daily tasks in season include weeding, cleaning up, and watering.

Kiwanis Club of Natchez Trails Cleanup

Join Kiwanis and our local key clubs to clean up the Natchez Trails (Bluff and Nature Trails) once a month.

The Stewpot

The Stewpot is in constant need of drivers for lunch deliveries seven days a week. Volunteer for one day a week; or coordinate with a group of friends to alternate weeks. Contact the Stewpot for more information. Large, restaurant size canned goods are always in need.


Arts, Theater and Music

Involvement in the arts engages kids in their community, improves self-esteem, reclaims at-risk youth, and builds the creative skills that are required of a 21st century workforce.
— Gavin Newsom, founder of PlumpJack winery

Natchez Little Theatre

Community theatre since 1932 with new plays every season. Auditions open to all, and volunteers welcome for backstage support. Summer program for kids that culminates with a live performance. 319 Linton Ave, Natchez / Phone: 601-442-2233 / natchezlittletheatre.org     

ArtsNatchez Gallery

Art gallery cooperative with up to 30 local artists exhibiting at any time. Participates in Second Saturday each month with light refreshments. Conducts outreach with visiting artists. Meet the artist: a different artist each day operates the gallery. Open 7 days. 425 Main St, Natchez / 601-442-0043 / gallery.artsnatchez.com / artsnatchez@gmail.com

Natchez Arts Association

Arts education and outreach with youth and the community with workshops, painting parties, working artist studios, art history education and more. 409 Franklin St, Natchez / 601-870-7717 / natchezartassociation.org / natchezartassociation@gmail.com

Natchez Festival of Music

It is the primary sponsor of live, world-class music and theater, as well as internationally and nationally recognized performers, in southwest Mississippi and the eastern region of central Louisiana (the Miss-Lou), year-around leading up to the May Festival Season.  The Festival provides positive performing opportunities for outstanding up and coming young artists during the Season and leading up to the Season with the outreach school enrichment program in the Miss-Lou.  The Festival also reaches out to civic organizations, nursing homes and other interested groups. Some events are ticketed; others are free and open to the public. Performances are held either at the Natchez Performing Arts Center or at various venues around Natchez and the region. Annual auditions are held in New York and Natchez, and housing is provided to visiting performers. Margaret Martin Performing Arts Center, 64 Homochitto St, Natchez / natchezfestivalofmusic.com


Physical Activity

People who are making it to 100 live in environments where they are regularly nudged into physical activity.
— Dan Buettner, American explorer and author

YMCA of Natchez

Managing Duncan Park point of sale systems and providing recreation activities for youth of all ages. The Facebook page is regularly updated with news of upcoming programs. @YMCANatchez / www.facebook.com/YMCANatchez/

Natchez Downtown Trails

Area Parks (city)

A full list of recreation & parks is available on the City's website here (city parks) and here (area recreation). Area recreation listed below. Some options listed here:

  • Pre-school age children's playground at Wall St & Madison St.
  • Jack Waithe Park - all age playground and exercise equipment on East Franklin St at McCabe St. 
  • Concord Ave Park - playground, basketball courts, picnic area, pavilion
  • Duncan Park - nature trail, biking trail, playgrounds, lighted tennis courts, volleyball court, golf course, 3 lighted youth baseball fields w/concession stand and press box, restrooms.
  • Frazier School Baseball Field - 3 lighted youth baseball fields, restrooms, concession stand, press box.
  • Girls Softball Fields - 3 lighted softball fields, concession stand, restrooms.
  • Martin Gymnasium behind Margaret Martin Performing Arts Center - 64 Homochitto St
  • Memorial Park - Fountain and picnic area. $150 reservation fee for events. Main St and Rankin St.
  • North Natchez Park - Basketball half courts, tennis courts, playground, recreation center, spray ground water playground, volleyball court. Wilson Rd and Triumph Lane.
  • Osceola Neighborhood Park - Playground, picnic tables. Creek St and Cherokee St.
  • Regional: Wilkinson County State Park (north of Woodville on Hwy 61), Clark Creek Nature Area (south of Woodville on Hwy 24), Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge (Concordia Parish, Hwy 15 to Poole Rd)

Natchez Trace Parkway

The Natchez Trace Parkway is a designated bicycle route and hiking trails along a 444-mile scenic and historical drive. Entry points at Liberty Road (Natchez) and 61 North (Adams County). Plan your visit.

Saint Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge (county, south of Natchez)

Nature hiking trails, hunting, fishing and birdwatching. St. Catherine's Creek NWR was established to provide protection for wintering waterfowl. Public use permits required for hunting and fishing activities or other special use such as after hours or wildlife photography for retail use. Refuges provide unique and exciting outdoor classrooms — excellent locations for hands-on learning activities. The refuge staff, volunteers, and Friends of St. Catherine Creek Refuge offer educational programs to students of all ages on a limited basis. Call the refuge headquarters for a schedule of environmental educational activities. 

21 Pintail Lane off Hwy 61 South, Sibley / 601-442-6696 / Website: fws.gov/refuge/St_Catherine_Creek / saintcatherinecreek@fws.gov / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LowerMissNWRComplex

Natchez State Park (county, north of Natchez)

RV campground, tent campground, cabins/cottages, campground laundry, boat launch, pavilions & picnic areas, playground, disc golf, and nature trail. Manged by MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. Have hosted "Bike Your Park" Days on occasional holidays.

230B Wickcliff off Hwy 61 North, Natchez / 601-442-2658 / Website: https://www.mdwfp.com/parks-destinations/ms-state-parks/natchez.aspx  / Email: natchez@mdwfp.state.ms.us

Wilkinson County (regional)

Four miles to the north of Woodville on Highway 61 is Wilkinson County State Park which features a small lake for fishing and trails for hiking and biking.  West of Woodville, on the Pond-Pickneyville Road to Louisiana’s Tunica Hills, is the Clark Creek Natural Area, a state park with over thirty waterfalls; and on Hwy.  24 to the east, Lake Mary, an oxbow of the Mississippi, where locals and visitors fish and water ski. At the entrance to Clark Creek is the tiny town of Pond, with an historic General Store. The pond at Pond was a watering hole for teams of oxen drawing carts from Woodville to the military post of Ft. Adams (incorp. 1798) on the Mississippi River, the historic port of entry to the Mississippi Territory in the years prior to the Louisiana Purchase. Source: http://www.woodvillems.org/about-us/recreation-enjoyment/

Clear Springs Recreation Area - Franklin County (regional)

The Clear Springs Recreational Area in Homochitto National Forest Recreation Area consists of a man-made lake, campground, picnic grounds, swim area, and two hiking trails. The longer of the two trails in the Recreation Area, Clear Springs Trail, is developing a reputation as one of the top three mountain-bike trails in Mississippi. Most campsites are secluded and either overlook the lake or are within an easy walk of the lake. Source: https://forestcamping.com/dow/southern/homoinfo.htm


Youth Service Organizations

It Still Takes a Village

A non-profit organization that provides love, support and understanding to children who have lost a parent or sibling. 601-870-3493 / Website: itstilltakesavillage.org

Junior Auxiliary of Natchez

JA of Natchez serves children's needs in the Miss-Lou area. Projects include our Annual Shrimp Boil and Angel Tree, and JA works to serve the Miss-Lou school districts and their neediest students. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JAofNatchez/


Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

The Guardian Shelter (Catholic Charities)

The Guardian Shelter for Battered Families is designed to help victims of spouse abuse and their children during the critical time in life.

  • 24 hour crisis hot line – 1-800-273-6938
  • 45-60 day emergency shelter
  • Individual Therapy/Support Group Counseling
  • Court advocacy/Personal Advocacy
  • Information & Referrals for housing, public assistance, and medical assistance. Oak Towers Supportive Housing provides shelter residents to live independently and continue their established services of treatment from their abusive past up to 6 months with 3-month extensions available.
  • Outreach & Public Awareness
  • Children's program component focuses on positive discipline, anger and stress management, and cultural outlets for the children.

P.O. Box 1225, Natchez MS 39120
(601) 442-0142

The Guardian Sexual Assault Center (Catholic Charities)

The Guardian Sexual Assault Center provides an array of services to victims of sexual assault.  The program is established to help eliminate or reduce the incidence of rape and sexual assault through prevention and education as well as providing the coordination of services to victims of sexual assault and to their families and friends. All services are offered free of charge.

24 hour crisis line: 888-721-5460


Public Services

Coming soon