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COVID-19 Update: Consumers Energy Donation; Household Items Needed

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United Way of Jackson County continues to work with the Jackson COVID-19 Action Network to coordinate how our community responds to the coronavirus outbreak. Here’s a quick snapshot of the latest news.

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Consumers Energy’s Joe Eckert prepares to deliver donated gift cards.

Consumers Energy donates gift cards. Once again demonstrating their passion for community, Consumers Energy donated $14,000 in gift cards to United Way, which is already distributing them to local nonprofit agencies. The gift cards will be used by those agencies to help vulnerable residents meet specific, urgent needs—gasoline, energy needs, food and household essentials. “This donation comes at just the right time to help Jackson County residents who are struggling the most to feed their families, get to work, and protect themselves and loved ones from getting sick,” said Ken Toll, President & CEO of United Way of Jackson County. “We applaud Consumers Energy’s compassion and innovative approach to helping in this crisis.”

City of Jackson declares state of emergency. Mayor Derek Dobies has declared a Local State of Emergency in the City of Jackson due to threats to public health caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Under this state of emergency, the City will make choices to protect the health of all residents and visitors, with special attention to its most vulnerable residents including the elderly, people with pre-existing health conditions, and those living at or below the poverty line.

Ken Toll and Monica Moser discuss the COVID-19 Response Fund on JTV.

COVID-19 Response Fund seeks donations. United Way of Jackson County and the Jackson Community Foundation jointly unveiled the COVID-19 Response Fund. The fund will be used to address critical needs created by the outbreak. Among the greatest concerns at present are access to food, household essentials like toiletries and cleaning supplies, and how to keep the community’s safety net strong as the crisis continues. You can make a gift to the COVID-19 Relief Fund by going to our Donate page. Fill out the form, click on “Type of Gift” and select “COVID-19 Response Fund.” You can also text VIRUS to 91999 to make a contribution. Check out today’s segment of “The Bart Hawley Show” on JTV by clicking here.

Household items sought for families in need. The Jackson COVID-19 Action Network is spearheading a local drive to collect household essentials. Among the items needed: baby formula, baby wipes, diapers, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, sanitizer wipes, over-the-counter medications, laundry soap, bleach and nonperishable food. You can drop off your donations at the Jackson County Department of Health & Human Services, 301 E. Louis Glick Highway; or the YMCA, 127 W. Wesley Street.

Nonprofit Network launches resource page. Looking for ways to cope with anxiety? Struggling to explain the pandemic to your children? Not sure how to stay connected while working at home? The Nonprofit Network has resources online to help you address these and many other difficulties. Visit the page by clicking here.