COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

Energizing Education
Energizing Education is a collective approach to promoting literacy. It was created to ensure that all students in Jackson County read at or above grade level by the 4th grade.  Energizing Education was formed in 2012 with the support of Consumers Energy, United Way of Jackson County, and the countywide Cradle2Career education network.

Central Michigan 211
The United Way of Jackson County with LifeWays led the development of Jackson’s first comprehensive health and human service information and referral call center.  Information & Referral Specialists are trained to give you the information you need, when you need it.  2-1-1 will keep you informed of the resources available to you.

Women’s Leadership Council
WLC wants to see women and children succeed.  Members span all professions throughout the community- teachers, entrepreneurs, professionals, retirees and more.  WLC meets the third Monday of every month alternating between lunch and dinner at various locations.  If you’re looking to get involved with a great group of ladies and want to give back to your community, this council is for you.

Emergency Needs Coalition 
Is a group of non profits, government, and faith based groups that meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the United Way Center. This coalition is an informal group that discuss needs in the community and the ever changing sources of assistance that is available for those in need.

Emergency Food & Shelter Program
This program is a special arrangement between the Federal Emergency Management  Agency and United Way of America to distribute FEMA funding on a local basis through a Board of Directors representing specific interest groups mandated by guidelines from the Emergency Management Agency. This money helps in the areas of shelter, food, and utilities. The amount of funding received each year is based on the unemployment levels in the county.