Bednarzyk also paid tribute to Mission Mississippi's legacy in the region. "Mission Mississippi is committed to making our community stronger by encouraging us to see each other as people and to celebrate our racial and cultural diversity. Their work is 'The NISSAN WAY' exemplified, and we are honored to support them."
Founded in 1993, Mission Mississippi works to break down racial barriers and build bridges, connecting more than 650 churches in Metro Jackson. Nissan's donation will support the organization's annual activities including prayer breakfasts, youth rallies and retreats, leadership events and monthly pastors' dialogues.
Neddie Winters, executive director of Mission Mississippi, appreciates Nissan's longstanding commitment to promoting diversity and its role as a leading employer in the region extending economic opportunity to its more than 5,000 employees. "As we embark on our 20 th year, Mission Mississippi reflects on all of the tremendous work that has been accomplished and looks forward to many more years of community engagement that is made possible through generous donations like the one received from Nissan, a valued partner and true advocate of racial reconciliation," Winters said.
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