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COVID-19 Update: Community Steps Up, Forms Action Team

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Daily life continues to be affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. Not surprisingly, the people and organizations of Jackson County are stepping up to help those in need.

United Way of Jackson County is part of the Jackson COVID-19 Action Network. That network formed Friday, March 13 to assess the most urgent needs that our community will face from the coronavirus outbreak and resulting disruptions.  By coordinating our resources and actions, we can ensure that our community’s most critical human service organizations are able to meet the coming challenges, and that our most vulnerable residents remain able to access food, shelter, and other basic needs.

JCAN members are interacting daily to plan and monitor, and to align communications so our residents receive the best information possible. Members include United Way of Jackson County, and more than 25 other local health, human services, government entities, and private businesses.

Meanwhile, here are some resources you can tap if needed.

If you are facing an immediate basic need, call 2-1-1. The call center can connect you to vital services and resources to help you and your family.

If you need food, there are several food pantries available across Jackson County. Below is a list. However, we encourage you to call 2-1-1 or go to the Central Michigan 2-1-1 website for details on hours and other services that will help:

  • Christ Episcopal Church, Pleasant Lake
  • Christ’s Kingdom Ministries, Jackson
  • Compassionate Ministries of Jackson County, Jackson
  • Encounter Church, Jackson
  • First Evangelic COGIC, Jackson
  • Grass Lake UMC, Grass Lake
  • Hillside UMC, Horton
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church, Jackson
  • Jackson Community Food Pantry, Jackson
  • North Parma UMC, Parma
  • Rives Baptist Church, Rives Junction
  • St. John’s UCC, Jackson
  • Salvation Army, Jackson
  • Seventh Day Adventist Community Service, Jackson
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Jackson
  • Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church, Spring Arbor
  • Springport UMC, Springport

If you’re concerned about utility service, you’ll be pleased to know Consumers Energy announced that it will suspend service cutoffs from March 16 through April 5. Seniors and low-income households under the Winter Protection Program already have their end dates extended to May 3. Also, the City of Jackson announced March 13 that it would stop water shutoffs for three weeks as residents struggle during the coronavirus outbreak.

If you want to reach United Way, please note that we have closed our office to the public. There will be limited staff onsite, with most staff working from home. This is to minimize the risk of infection for the public and for our team. To reach a staff member, check our Staff page for contact information.

If you want to help, United Way and the Jackson Community Foundation have launched the COVID-19 Response Fund. We’re working with local service agencies and community leaders to identify the biggest needs and how best to respond. The COVID-19 Response Fund will help pay for these community-wide efforts, with 100% of donated dollars going to the work. You can make your gift here. Choose “COVID-19 Response Fund” from the “Type of Gift” pull-down menu.