United Way

COVID-19 Update: Community Support Lifts Response Fund

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United Way of Jackson County continues to work in concert with the Jackson COVID-19 Action Network to coordinate our community’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. Here is a roundup of the latest developments.

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Community Support lifts Response Fund to $122,000. Jackson County businesses, foundations and individuals are showing their generosity and compassion! Gifts to the COVID-19 Response Fund, created by United Way of Jackson County and the Jackson Community Foundation, have reached $122,000. Among the gifts received so far:
• Meijer Inc., $26,000 (part of a $4 million gift to United Ways across Michigan)
• Dawn Foods Foundation, $10,000
• Jackson Community Foundation, $5,000
• Lavery Family Foundation, $5,000
• Individual gifts totaling $10,000

“This is an incredible expression of caring by the people of Jackson County,” said Ken Toll, President & CEO of United Way of Jackson County. “On behalf of the many families we’ll be able to help, thank you to everyone for this support.”

Toll said the demand for help across Jackson County is quickly outpacing the Fund. If you want to donate, click here.

Consumers Energy makes major gift. Consumers Energy donated $500,000 to two organizations in Michigan to address needs related to COVID-19: the Food Bank Council of Michigan, and the Michigan Association of United Ways. The $250,000 given to MAUW will support 2-1-1 call centers statewide as well as local United Ways where Consumers Energy has a significant presence—including Jackson County. “Consumers Energy keeps stepping up for our communities, and we couldn’t be more thankful,” said Toll. Read the news release here.

Volunteers delivering essentials to families. Initial dollars from the COVID-19 Response Fund are being used to secure household essentials for families living below the ALICE threshold, especially those with young children. Hundreds of local households have received diapers, wipes, pullups, baby formula and baby food. If you’re interested in being a volunteer, we’re recruiting! Check out our Volunteer Center.

JCAN seeks donated supplies. Here’s the latest list of donated items being sought by the Jackson COVID-19 Action Network. You can also download a PDF here. Help if you can!