United Way


  • HELPING FAMILIES BECOME FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENT AND STABLE HELPING FAMILIES BECOME FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENT AND STABLEFamilies in Jackson are getting ahead! Jackson’s working poor are getting their money back.  United Way of Jackson County supports the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  The Community Action Agency recruits and trains volunteers to prepare free taxes for qualifying families.   Just last year this program was responsible for bringing nearly $5 million back to Jackson County.  Tax return money that otherwise wouldn’t be there.  Those dollars and cents are being spent at local grocery stores, going to purchase clothing for children, paying bills to help keep the lights on, it’s money that is  being spent in Jackson County by ... Read more
  • EMPOWERING WOMEN EMPOWERING WOMENThe AWARE Shelter Provides Sanctuary & Counseling for Survivors of Domestic Violence Jackson’s AWARE shelter helps survivors of domestic violence heal and move forward with their lives.  AWARE offers free assistance, counseling, and support.  The AWARE shelter empowers women to live a violence free life. Through counseling, women and children learn domestic violence is not their fault.  Women attending counseling understand they have access to treatment to address mental health concerns now or in the future.  Children attending counseling at the AWARE shelter discuss different aspects of health, including physical and emotional.  The AWARE shelter helps their clients move forward in life. ... Read more
  • FIGHTING IN THE COURTS TO KEEP FAMILIES STABLE AND VICTIMS SAFE FIGHTING IN THE COURTS TO KEEP FAMILIES STABLE AND VICTIMS SAFELegal Services To The Very Low Income Individual & Families Jackson’s most vulnerable population has access to legal services.  Services that will help keep them in their homes and services that protect them from domestic violence situations.  Those who are eligible can get legal assistance in accessing health care, food and needs-based income programs.  From July through December last year nearly 2000 Jackson County residents received this free legal service.  99% of these cases had successful outcomes.  Rose and her family are just one example of the positive impact this program is having in Jackson County. Rose contacted Legal Services of South ... Read more
  • AT-RISK YOUTH WILL NOT BE LEFT BEHIND AT-RISK YOUTH WILL NOT BE LEFT BEHINDChildren are not falling behind, they are getting ahead! Children who lack structure and guidance after school are at greater risk for falling behind in their academics and are more likely to make poor choices that could negatively impact their lives.  The Lily Mission Center provides safe, structured activities during non-school hours and ongoing interaction with caring adults.  They maintain an environment that enhances the school experience and an opportunity for Jackson youth to give back to their community through volunteering. Most children attending the Lily Mission Center After School Program increase their math score, show improved reading fluency and increased reading ... Read more
  • KIDS ARE COMMITTING TO BE DRUG FREE KIDS ARE COMMITTING TO BE DRUG FREEJackson County Teens Are Learning & Responding To The Right Information About Drugs & Alcohol. Jackson area teenagers are learning of the dangers of drugs and alcohol.  Not just what they are reading online or hearing from friends but the real and accurate information through the Breakout Drug Education Program.  Last year 2,352 Jackson students were engaged in the program’s presentations.  As a result most teens say there is little or no chance they will drink or use drugs while they are in high school. The program has found a way to really connect with teens.  They listen and respond, here are ... Read more
  • Helping Struggling Families Prevail Helping Struggling Families PrevailFamilies receive the assistance they need to get back on their feet. Those who have fallen on hard times, for any number of reasons, are able to get a hand up.  Low and moderate income residents have access to food, energy and housing assistance through the Salvation Army’s Basic Needs Program.  Within only a six month span 1,150 area residents were able to keep their lights on, nearly 4,000 people received enough food each to last five days and 15 families were able to stay in their homes and avoid eviction.  Instead of these families worrying about where their next meal ... Read more
  • Children Are Succeeding In Jackson Children Are Succeeding In JacksonCaring Adults Are Helping At Risk Youth Succeed! Some children do not get the support they need to be successful.  Not all children have that positive role model in their lives that will help them grow.  Without proper guidance some of these children will fall behind and many will grow up lacking confidence.  United Way of Jackson County supports Big’s in Schools, a site based mentoring program with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Jackson County.   This one to one type of mentorship is helping at risk youth in the Jackson area meet their most basic developmental needs.  Professionals are carefully paired ... Read more
  • A Healthy Jackson Works & Learns A Healthy Jackson Works & LearnsHealthy adults are able to keep their jobs, healthy children are able to learn and thrive in school.  Healthy adults are able to keep their jobs, healthy children are able to learn and thrive in school.  With so many families struggling to make ends meet in Jackson County (see the ALICE report), United Way of Jackson County wants to make sure that those who are uninsured or under-insured have access to proper health care through Project Access.   Even with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act approximately 7000 Jackson County residents will remain under-insured. Project Access offers enrollees primary care, specialty care, ... Read more
  • HELPING GIRLS MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES HELPING GIRLS MAKE HEALTHY CHOICESEmpowering young girls to feel good about who they are and to make healthy choices. Kids raising kids has been an issue in Jackson for decades.  Most teen moms rely on public assistance, they don’t receive support from their baby’s father and the majority of teen moms do not finish high school or get a GED.  While they are struggling to care for their child, teen moms are left poorly qualified to enter the job market.  The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI) facilitates the Teen Outreach Program (TOP) and the Teen Advisor Council (TAC) in Jackson County.  These programs work together to ... Read more
  • Creating Financial Independence in Jackson Creating Financial Independence in JacksonNearly 25,000 Jackson county households struggle to make ends meet (click on the ALICE Report on our home page). Many of the families that are facing financial difficulties can be helped by simply learning how to better manage their money. United Way of Jackson County supports a program that does just that. The Community Action Agency’s Financial Freedom class give’s participants the knowledge base and skills they need to achieve financial independence. Class participants learn about creating a budget plan, how to make arrangements with creditors, how to establish credit, develop goals, learn how to communicate with their spouse about ... Read more