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IMPACTS! Blog

  • $4.5 MILLION COMES BACK TO JACKSON $4.5 MILLION COMES BACK TO JACKSONMaking An IMPACT, One Tax Return At A Time. We want struggling families to succeed.  By supporting the United Way of Jackson County you make it possible for low income families to have their taxes filed properly and accurately.  During the 2015 tax season the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program was responsible for bringing over $4.5 million back to Jackson County.  Money that was spent locally and was used to help those in need.  Cindy was just one the thousands whose life was impacted through the VITA program. In the process of preparing this year’s tax return, Cindy explained to the VITA ... Read more
  • OVERHEAD OR IMPACT? OVERHEAD OR IMPACT?ADDRESSING THE MYTH by Ken Toll I ran into The Myth again.      This time it was in a Facebook post, but that’s not the only place I’ve encountered it. I’ve seen The Myth in online news story comments. I’ve heard it at gatherings. I’ve had more phone conversations about it than I can count.      The Myth is this: the idea that the quality and effectiveness of a charitable organization is measured solely by its administrative costs, commonly called “overhead.” Overhead includes all the costs that come with running an organization except direct service provision; overhead include all fundraising costs, as well as ... Read more
  • HEALTHY FAMILIES ARE STABLE FAMILIES HEALTHY FAMILIES ARE STABLE FAMILIESPhysically and Emotionally Healthy Families Tend To Be Financially Stable Families   We believe that if families are physically and mentally healthy they have a better chance at staying or becoming financially stable.   We support the Family Counseling program through Family Service & Children’s Aid.  90% of adults and 95% of children who have completed a course of therapy demonstrated an improvement in mental or behavior functioning.  During the first half of 2015 this program served 542 clients.  Mary was one of those clients. Mary has been a client for the last six months.  Mary sought help because she couldn’t function anymore.  A ... Read more
  • NEW VOLUNTEER DATABASE COMING SOON NEW VOLUNTEER DATABASE COMING SOONVolunteer Center Unveils New Database    United Way is making some changes to its Volunteer Center aimed at streamlining the service, engaging more people and reducing costs. The outside-run database we’ve been using has become too expensive and not effective at actually connecting volunteers with local projects. As of Jan. 1, 2016, we’re switching to an internally managed database that we’ll manage entirely within United Way. So what does this mean for community volunteers and nonprofit partners? If you’re already registered as a volunteer or agency, we’ll simply move that information to the new database. Agencies will be able to add new projects or contact ... Read more
  • THE IMPACT OF EE THE IMPACT OF EEIMPACT IS MADE EVERYDAY BY ENERGIZING EDUCATION! Kriss Giannetti is the Energizing Education Program Manager for United Way of Jackson County.  Recently she shared these comments with our United Way volunteer leadership.  We thought it would be important to share with you. I wanted to share with you a few stories from Energizing Education to put in perspective why we do what we do and why good things happen when we rally towards common goals. We recently found out that one of the EE graduates at Frost Elementary is now in the LEAP program.  He was with us as a second grader and ... Read more
  • OUR MOST VULNERABLE NEED PROTECTION AND HELP OUR MOST VULNERABLE NEED PROTECTION AND HELPHelping Those Who Can’t Help Themselves and Saving Them From Exploitation.   We feel it is important to protect Jackson’s most vulnerable citizens.  The Jackson County Adult Guardian Services program helps meet the basic needs of incapacitated adults who are unable to protect their own interests and who are vulnerable to exploitation, neglect or injury.  Through this United Way supported program, a court appointed Guardian/Conservator develops a plan to keep these individuals functioning.  Legal, financial and medical decisions are made on their behalf.  From January through June of 2015 this program was responsible for helping to meet the basic needs for 460 ... Read more
  • WE WANT KIDS TO SUCCEED IN SCHOOL WE WANT KIDS TO SUCCEED IN SCHOOLSuccess In School Translates To Kids Succeeding In Life! We want children to be successful in school so they can be successful in life.   By helping elementary students learn to read at grade level we will ensure at-risk youth will not fall behind in their education.  Energizing Education is our early reading program.  Last year, E.E. students advanced an average of 6.82 reading levels.  Energizing Education is changing the future of children in Jackson County and here is just one example of the impact that is being made locally by Energizing Education. Josh was a disengaged 2nd grader when he first started ... Read more
  • GETTING KIDS OUT OF TROUBLE AND IN SCHOOL GETTING KIDS OUT OF TROUBLE AND IN SCHOOLIdentifying Their Needs and FIXING THE PROBLEM! We feel it is important for at-risk youth to stay out of trouble and in school.  Because you give to United Way of Jackson County we are able to support a Juvenile Diversion and Truancy Prevention Program.  First time juvenile offenders are identified by probate court, truant students are identified by the schools and both are referred to this program.  Each child’s situation is assessed, with their needs identified and a plan put in place to put them back on the right track.  13 year old James is just one example of how a ... Read more
  • ONE STEP TO ENDING POVERTY ONE STEP TO ENDING POVERTYMaking Sure Our Kids Are Succeeding In School Children succeeding in school is one step in breaking Jackson’s multi-generational poverty cycle.  Because you give to United Way we can support programs like Bigs in Schools, site based mentoring from Big Brothers Big Sisters.  This program pairs at risk youth with caring adults.  Teachers have reported students in this program improve their read proficiency and show advancement in other academic areas.  Teachers also report their students have increased their class participation and they have a better attendance record.  Rita and Shania’s story is just one example of how the Bigs in School ... Read more
  • ACTIVE KIDS ARE HEALTHY KIDS ACTIVE KIDS ARE HEALTHY KIDSJackson School of the Arts Dance for a Healthier Jackson Active children are healthy and perform better in school.  We also believe it’s important for children to have access to the arts.  326 area children have access to dance classes because of your support to the United Way of Jackson County.  These children exercise regularly and have positive role models in their lives.  Most of these young dancers would not have access to dance if it wasn’t for this program.  The Jackson School of the Arts recently shared this Story of Impact as an example of what happens when we LIVE UNITED! Dance ... Read more