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  • KEEP JACKSON HEALTHY, MAKE JACKSON PROSPEROUS! KEEP JACKSON HEALTHY, MAKE JACKSON PROSPEROUS!We believe all people should have the opportunity to embrace a healthy lifestyle so they can live, work and succeed. Your support has made it possible to remove obstacles that prevent families and individuals from maintaining their own health and allowing them to work or continue their education.  Project Access is a United Way created and funded program that coordinates necessary health care services to patients that cannot afford medical services and do not have insurance or qualify for public health insurance programs.   Donna’s story is just one of many who have been impacted by your support. Donna found a lump and ... Read more
  • RIGHTS, BASIC NEEDS & ABUSE! PROTECTING OUR MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS RIGHTS, BASIC NEEDS & ABUSE! PROTECTING OUR MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENSWe believe Jackson’s most at-risk population should have their rights and access to their most basic needs protected. Your support allows United Way of Jackson County to fund Legal Services to very low income individuals and families. This program provides a full range of legal services to qualifying families and individuals, with the goal of meeting basic needs and increasing financial independence. Guan-yin was one of hundreds who found protection because of your United Way support. Guan-yin had a difficult life in China. She worked very hard with very little reward. She looked to the United States and dreamed of a ... Read more
  • SAFETY & STABILITY FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS SAFETY & STABILITY FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORSWe believe women and children who are survivors of domestic violence should have the tools they need to have a life of safety, stability and success. Your support has made it possible for the United Way of Jackson County to fund the Trauma Counseling at the AWARE Shelter.  Survivors of domestic and sexual violence have a safe and nurturing environment where they can begin the healing process.  They have access to group and individual counseling.  Through this program, survivors have the opportunityto escape their past and develop their future.  The story of Danna and her daughter is just one of hundreds ... Read more
  • A BOLD STEP TOWARD FINANCIAL STABILITY A BOLD STEP TOWARD FINANCIAL STABILITYBlog by Ken Toll My last two blogs touched on a new community vision, United Way’s focus on Financial Stability, and the impact of poverty and near-poverty on people and the community. Today I want to touch on how Jackson County is going to really move the needle. Remember our vision: We will be a community rich in opportunities to eliminate poverty and allow all people to achieve financial stability and success. A vision is great. Every community should have one. But if we don’t take deliberate steps to make it real, it’s just words on paper. This is where partnership is so crucial. United ... Read more
  • MAKING JACKSON A BETTER PLACE FOR EVERYONE MAKING JACKSON A BETTER PLACE FOR EVERYONE“I want to do what I can to help others. It’s as simple as that.” Ted Ykimoff is a longtime volunteer with United Way of Jackson County.  For 22 years he has helped as a solicitor, chaired our General Business Campaign, volunteered at local events and engaged in countless other ways.  This year Ted is running United Way’s community fundraising efforts.  Ted calls Jackson County home and he wants only the best for our community. “I count it a blessing to be part of the United Way team that has a ‘Go All In’ commitment to Jackson County.  Having lived here most ... Read more
  • SO WHAT IS ‘FINANCIAL STABILITY’ ALL ABOUT? SO WHAT IS 'FINANCIAL STABILITY' ALL ABOUT?Financial Stability has been one of United Way’s focus areas for years, along with Education, Health, and Capacity Building. But given how often people ask me what it means, I guess we haven’t done a good job of describing it. A financially stable household has these four things going for it: 1.) Enough income to meet basic needs, meaning food, shelter, health care and other daily expenses; 2.) Enough income to save a little on top of basic needs; 3.) The knowledge to manage a household budget and credit; 4.) The ability to purchase an asset, such as housing, transportation or ... Read more
  • A VISION FOR COMMUNITY PROSPERITY A VISION FOR COMMUNITY PROSPERITYThere’s an old, familiar proverb: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” When it comes to poverty, that proverb has a dire—and often literal—meaning. As you read this, 18 percent of households in Jackson County are stuck in poverty. Another 23 percent may skirt the federal definition of poverty, but they remain one car repair or one unexpected illness away. All told, 25,000 households in our county are either in poverty or one step away. We believe it’s time for a new vision in Jackson County. United Way and a coalition of local nonprofits and community leaders spent months looking at data, ... Read more
  • PROVIDING LEADERSHIP AND DEDICATED TO JACKSON PROVIDING LEADERSHIP AND DEDICATED TO JACKSON“It’s Important to invest in our community.” Mindy Bradish-Orta has been a volunteer board member for the United Way of Jackson County for roughly 6 years.  Mindy always seems to be working or volunteering.  She loves Jackson and she does everything she can to make our community a better place.         “It’s important to invest in our community.” Mindy has been the President and CEO of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and Experience Jackson for 9 years.  She is also the host of Living Today on WILX and most recently became the President CEO of the Jackson Anchor Initiative.  United Way of Jackson ... Read more
  • HELPING KIDS SUCCEED IN SCHOOL HELPING KIDS SUCCEED IN SCHOOLWorking parents have difficult decisions.  Think about the single mom who is working multiple jobs just to stay ahead.  She has three young children–two struggling in school, and a preschooler not school-ready. She works full time. How does she make sure they can succeed in school, go on to post-high learning and have rewarding careers? Access to a quality after-school program could be a life-changing for her and her kids. We believe parents and children should have access to after-school programs that provide educational support with safe and structured activities.  Your support makes it possible for United Way of Jackson County to fund ... Read more
  • HELPING PEOPLE BECOME FINANCIALLY STABLE HELPING PEOPLE BECOME FINANCIALLY STABLEWe believe that teaching individuals how to take control of their personal finances puts them on their pathway to financial stability. Because of your support, United Way of Jackson County is able to fund Financial Stability Workshops through the Community Action Agency.  These workshops help low and moderate income individuals enhance their financial skills and in many cases prepares them to be homeowners like Joel. For eight years, Joel served his country in the Army, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. When he returned home, Joel went to the Community Action Agency for assistance through their supportive services for veteran families to ... Read more