United Way

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  • 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 HELPING CHILDREN TO LEARN AND ACHIEVEWe 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 A SACRED DUTY: EARNING YOUR TRUSTTrust, 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 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
  • GIVING TROUBLED TEENS DIRECTION GIVING TROUBLED TEENS DIRECTIONWe believe that by providing guidance to children who are in trouble will help keep them in school and improve relationships in their home.  Because of your support we are able to fund the Juvenile Diversion and Truancy Prevention Program operated by Family Services & Children’s Aid.  The program develops a plan unique to each at-risk youth.  These plans help kids deal with their emotions, relationships at home, obstacles that prevent them from succeeding in school and the list goes on and on.  Hundreds of kids go through the program each year, James is just one of their many success ... Read more
  • REDUCING THE NUMBER OF TEEN MOMS IN OUR COMMUNITY REDUCING THE NUMBER OF TEEN MOMS IN OUR COMMUNITYWe believe improving awareness about teen pregnancy prevention reduces the number of young girls getting pregnant.  Some 70% of teen mothers do not finish high school, and 75% remain single and depend long-term on public assistance.  Your support to United Way helps fund the Jackson Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative.  TPPI addresses issues contributing to teen pregnancy in Jackson County.  They open lines of communication between parents and their children regarding sexual health.  The program coordinates the Teen Advisory Council, which includes student volunteers who encourage positive behaviors among their peers.   TPPI promotes awareness with a variety methods including videos.  Last year ... Read more
  • SAVING PEOPLE FROM LIVING ON THE STREET SAVING PEOPLE FROM LIVING ON THE STREETWe believe Jackson County residents living at or near poverty should have the chance to avoid eviction and homelessness.  Your support allows United Way of Jackson County to fund a Mediation and Eviction Diversion Program facilitated by Legal Services of South Central Michigan.  This program builds positive communication between tenants and landlords, as well as basic needs assistance, educational and supportive services to help tenants address issues that led to the eviction process.  Your support, plus the hard work of all those connected with this program, helped 250 people avoid homelessness last year in Jackson County.  Alice’s story is just ... Read more
  • 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