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  • HEALTHY AND ACTIVE KIDS BECOME HEALTHY AND ACTIVE ADULTS HEALTHY AND ACTIVE KIDS BECOME HEALTHY AND ACTIVE ADULTSWe believe children are more likely to remain active throughout their life if they participate in regular physical activity they enjoy. Routine physical activity during their formative years will have a long term positive impact on their health.  By supporting United Way of Jackson County you make it possible for children from less fortunate families to have access to regular dance classes through the Jackson School of the Arts.  Classes are based on a sliding fee and have professional instructors.  Last year 398 children were able to participate in dance classes who otherwise would not have been able to afford it.  ... Read more
  • THE STREET IS NOT A HOME THE STREET IS NOT A HOMEWe believe Jackson’s most vulnerable citizens deserve housing, food, access to medical & mental health services, a sense of community and a place they can call home.   Because of your support, United Way of Jackson County can provide funding to the John George Home.   Early in 2016, key members of our community came together to save a man from a life on the street.  Here is the press release from the City of Jackson telling the story of James Riddle. Two years ago, James Riddle was working in Albion and living in Homer with his wife and two children. After a ... Read more
  • ABUSE TO STABILITY: HELPING WOMEN AND CHILDREN ABUSE TO STABILITY: HELPING WOMEN AND CHILDRENWe believe that helping women and children break away from a dangerous domestic situation protects them from current and future harm.  Survivors of domestic violence need assistance that puts them on the pathway to safety and financial stability, benefiting them and our community.  Because of your support, United Way of Jackson County is able to fund the AWARE Shelter’s Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter Program.  Last year 462 women and children found refuge at the AWARE Shelter.  Kallyn is one of them.  Some details have been changed to protect the privacy of those involved. Coming to the AWARE shelter wasn’t easy for ... Read more
  • SUCCEEDING IN SCHOOL LEADS TO SUCCEEDING IN LIFE SUCCEEDING IN SCHOOL LEADS TO SUCCEEDING IN LIFEWe believe a quality education leads to a successful future, access to good jobs and other opportunities.  Children who are not reading at the appropriate level by 4th grade are less likely to advance their education beyond high school and are more likely to drop out of school all together.  United Way of Jackson County’s Energizing Education pairs reading mentors with elementary students who have fallen behind in their reading skills.  The program also provides resources for parents to encourage reading at home.  Last year, 142 students across 5 Jackson County schools were involved with Energizing Education.  Jalen’s success ... Read more
  • HELPING FAMILIES THAT ARE ONE CRISIS AWAY FROM A DISASTER HELPING FAMILIES THAT ARE ONE CRISIS AWAY FROM A DISASTERKeeping The Lights On and Food On The Table For Families In Need. We believe providing a family with a hand up when they are facing hardships gives them the opportunity to improve their situation.  Many Jackson County families are one crisis away from losing everything.  With your support we are able to fund the Basic Needs Program at the Salvation Army which means the lights stay on, food is on the table or the water continues to flow.  This program allows families to work through adversity.  This family of five is just one out of thousands who received assistance.  Names ... Read more
  • SAVING FAMILIES AND IMPROVING LIVES SAVING FAMILIES AND IMPROVING LIVESOutpatient Counseling Supported By United Way   We believe that when adults and kids are mentally healthy, they are better able to learn, work and have a positive outlook for their future.  Your support of United Way of Jackson County makes outpatient counseling programs possible for individuals who would otherwise not have access.  Last year, 343 people in Jackson County received vital counseling due in large part to our partnership with Catholic Charities of Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale.  Here is just one of those stories.  Names have been changed to protect their privacy. Sheila’s mom had been drinking…again.  It was always bad when ... Read more
  • PROTECTING JACKSON CITIZENS FROM EXPLOITATION, NEGLECT AND ABUSE PROTECTING JACKSON CITIZENS FROM EXPLOITATION, NEGLECT AND ABUSEAdvocating For Those Who Can’t For Themselves We believe Jackson’s most vulnerable citizens need protection from exploitation, neglect or injury. Because of your support, United Way of Jackson County is able to fund an Adult Guardian Services program. Incapacitated adults who are unable to protect their own interests have a Guardian appointed to make major life decisions and advocate on their behalf. Here is just one example of how your support is making a difference. Jack’s dementia was diagnosed while he was at Allegiance being treated for severe medical complications. Important medical decisions needed to be made, but Jack was withdrawn, quiet, ... Read more
  • MENTORED YOUTH DEVELOP A BETTER SENSE OF THEIR OWN FUTURE MENTORED YOUTH DEVELOP A BETTER SENSE OF THEIR OWN FUTUREChildren Who Are Paired with Caring Adults Are Likely to Grow Up and Be Successful Caring Adults Themselves. We believe mentally and physically healthy kids will grow up to be mentally and physically healthy adults who are able to get a job, keep a job and contribute to our community.  When you support United Way of Jackson County, we are able to fund mentoring programs that pair at-risk youth with caring adults.  Children emulate what they see.  When they are with a grown-up with similar likes and interests, they are likely to develop the mentors’ positive habits.  Big Brothers, Big ... Read more
  • WE WANT JACKSON TO HAVE STRONG AND FINANCIALLY STABLE FAMILIES WE WANT JACKSON TO HAVE STRONG AND FINANCIALLY STABLE FAMILIESRhonda Learned How To Be Financially Stable We believe that enhancing the financial skills of those with low to moderate incomes will benefit all of Jackson County.  When you support United Way of Jackson County we are able to fund financial stability workshops at the Community Action Agency.  Through these workshops people who are struggling to make ends meet learn how to be organized, how to reduce debt and how to create and follow a spending plan.  You are helping people to learn how to help themselves, like Rhonda, a single mother of three who needed financial guidance and direction. Rhonda has ... Read more
  • HEALTHY PEOPLE KEEP THEIR JOB AND STAY WORKING HEALTHY PEOPLE KEEP THEIR JOB AND STAY WORKINGHealthy People Stay Employed! We believe that if people of have access to basic health care they have a better chance of staying healthy, and healthy people continue working. Because you give to United Way of Jackson County we can support Project Access. The Project Access program is a community partnership that coordinates health care services for those who cannot afford medical services and do not qualify for public health insurance programs. Over 500 people were able to stay healthy last year because of the services provided through Project Access. Among those that Project Access was able to help John, a ... Read more