- A VISION FOR COMMUNITY PROSPERITY There’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 “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.
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- HELPING KIDS SUCCEED IN SCHOOL Working 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 We 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
- SAVING OUR SENIOR WOMEN We believe Jackson County’s older citizens should have their basic medical, nutritional and emotional needs met and a place they call home. Because of your support, we can make sure that nearly 50 senior women have access to assisted living, proper nutrition, medical care and counseling through the Jackson Friendly Home. Each woman was living at or near poverty before they found their new home. Many were saved from a life of neglect, abuse or homelessness. Others may have been receiving care from their family, but stress and time took their toll. Maxine’s story is just one of many.
Maxine is one ... Read more
- A TRUE CHAMPION FOR JACKSON “It only felt right to give back.” – Lynda Waldron Lynda Waldron has been volunteering with our campaign leadership for three years, and she has been a member of the Women’s Leadership Council for five years. Lynda works for Henry Ford Allegiance Health as their gift shop supervisor. When she’s not volunteering with United Way or working, she’s usually giving back to our community in other ways – such as her involvement with the Jackson County Rose Queen Pageant and Festival. Lynda says she volunteers with United Way of Jackson County because it’s the right thing to do?
“I know so many ... Read more
- DAY OF CARING EVENT ON THE HORIZON! Click here to see Day of Caring opportunities!
Volunteering has always been a central pillar to the United Way mission. Now more than ever we see the need to rally people, organizations and businesses around the community in support of one another.
A united effort works best with a united beginning. That’s why United Way of Jackson County is sponsoring a Day of Caring – an opportunity to bring together hundreds of local people and organizations to volunteer.
The United Way Day of Caring takes place on August 16, from 9:00-3:00. We’re seeking to promote the spirit and value of volunteerism, increase the ... Read more
- HELPING CHILDREN TO LEARN AND ACHIEVE We want kids who are facing adversity to reach their fullest potential. By supporting United Way of Jackson County we are able to fund site based mentoring through Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Children who are struggling in school, dealing with difficult issues at home, at risk of falling behind are paired with caring adults. Once a week for one hour bigs and littles get together to work on academics, play games and have lunch together. They build a relationship and that child goes from being unnoticed and unchecked to learning, achieving and feeling important. Like so many kids in Jackson ... Read more
- A SACRED DUTY: EARNING YOUR TRUST Trust, it’s been said, takes years to build, seconds to break, and forever to repair.
No one is more keenly aware of that truism than we in the nonprofit world. When you share your hard-earned dollars, or the precious gift of your time and talent, we must be worthy of your trust. It’s a sacred duty that never ends.
Sadly, every now and then a nonprofit loses sight of this. I’m sure you’ve read the headlines. One large charity supporting veterans was caught spending donor dollars on lavish employee events. Recently, a well-known relief agency was pressured by media and ... Read more
- DEDICATED TO IMPROVING JACKSON “Being united to make positive changes in our community.” That’s what LIVE UNITED means to board member and Women’s Leadership Council Chair Melissa Callison. Melissa is the Director of Legal Administration & Tech Support for Consumers Energy. She has been active with the Consumers’ United Way campaign for several years; in fact, Consumers has recognized Melissa for her success in organizing events and running campaigns. In 2010, Melissa was part of a group of professional women who wanted to take action and address critical issues in our community. The Women’s Leadership Council was formed with a mission of wanting women and children to succeed. Melissa ... Read more