- An Opportunity To Make A Better Life We want Jackson County to be a community rich in opportunity and free from poverty. We want our community to be a place where everyone has the chance to achieve financial stability and success. However, the reality is 42% of our households are living at or near poverty. Our friends and our neighbors are struggling to make ends meet. United Way of Jackson County is fighting for the financial stability of everyone in our community by bringing together every dollar, partner, and tool we can to help those in need. Among those tools is an opportunity for individuals to learn ... Read more
- Meeting ALICE by Ken Toll
There’s a quote from the classic book, Alice in Wonderland: “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” That’s certainly true of the ALICE I want you to meet. Every day brings a new challenge to the people who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed – ALICE.
We’ve talked about ALICE before. These are people who have jobs and an income, but they’re living check-to-check at best, just barely keeping their heads above water. Many take on more work, but still can’t get ahead. One unexpected expense can drop ALICE into poverty.
The Michigan ... Read more
- Improving and Changing Lives In Our Community UNITED WE FIGHT for the financial stability of every person in Jackson County. It’s understood that no one can improve their financial situation without first having their basic needs met, which includes safe and affordable housing. Through your support, United Way of Jackson County is able to partner with the Jackson Housing Commission to offer Support Services to individuals who are working hard to improve their lives. This high-risk population is offered assistance with life skills, basic needs, conflict resolution, healthcare coordination, and job development, among other things, while ensuring their housing needs are met. Through hard work and assistance ... Read more
- Finding Stability Through Central Michigan 2-1-1 UNITED WE WIN by helping families and individuals who are struggling find their own path to stability. Each year, thousands who are in need are connected to a variety of health and human services through Central Michigan 2-1-1 in Jackson County. Jeff’s story is one example of how your UWJC support is creating real IMPACT in our community.
Jeff’s fiancé passed away within the last year, and he was having a hard time coping and staying in the home that they shared. The home also had some structural issues making it unsafe for Jeff. Jeff’s family was becoming very worried about ... Read more
- United for Equity in Jackson County United for Equity in Jackson County
by Ken Toll
For a while now, you’ve read my blogs or heard me speak about poverty. You’ve heard the statistic: 4 in 10 households are financially unstable, with a full 15 percent of Jackson County residents living below the poverty line.
That poverty line is far too low to start with. For a single person, it is $15,060. For a family of four, it is just $30,750. Think about it: 15 out of every 100 Jackson County residents are scraping by on this meager income.
That’s a hard fact for our community to face. It’s even harder ... Read more
- An Opportunity For Anyone To Regain or Maintain Their Financial Stability WE LIVE UNITED by providing the opportunity for anyone in need to maintain or regain their stability. Central Michigan 2-1-1 is a collaboration between United Way of Jackson County and LifeWays. It is the single most powerful tool we have to connect those in need with available health and human services. Last year, Central Michigan 2-1-1 received over 10,000 calls from Jackson County, connecting those in need to vital services. Janelle is just one of the thousands who have felt the impact of your United Way support.
Janelle called Central Michigan 2-1-1 because she was experiencing domestic violence and needed help ... Read more
- Every Child and Family Deserves An Opportunity To Succeed UNITED WE FIGHT for the financial stability of every person in our community. Some students have unique obstacles they need to overcome in order to maintain regular school attendance. When children attend school regularly, they have a better chance of graduating high school and being prepared for college or a career. With your support, United Way of Jackson County is able to resource the Education Advocacy and Support program with the Student Advocacy Center. Through our partnership, we are identifying why young students have been removed from their school, addressing the root causes, and working with the school, family and ... Read more
- Helping Families Keep Their Homes UNITED WE FIGHT FOR individuals and families of Jackson County who are vulnerable to homelessness. Because of your support, United Way of Jackson County is able to resource a partnership between Legal Services of South Central Michigan, Jackson District Court, and several other non-profit agencies that make up the Jackson County Mediation / Eviction Diversion Program. This collaboration is united against poverty and fights to keep people in their homes. Here is one example of how your support is making a difference in our community.
Bob and Karen were facing eviction and the real threat of homelessness. They met with an ... Read more
- Saved From Neglect, United As a Family WE LIVE UNITED by helping low-income individuals regain and maintain their financial stability. Many older adults in our community live without access to proper medical care or the most basic of needs. Because of your support, United Way of Jackson County is able to partner with the John George Home to ensure vulnerable senior citizen men have supportive housing including activities, financial planning, and medical care. Matthew’s story is just one example of the impact of your support.
He came to the John George Home underweight and in poor health. Matthew is an older gentleman with mental needs that prevent him ... Read more
- A Legacy of Impact That Endures A Legacy of Impact That Endures
by Ken Toll
I’ve been wearing United Way on my sleeve with an extra dose of pride lately.
To be clear, I’m never less than proud of the local impact we make, the partners we collaborate with, and the staff I’m privileged to work alongside every day. But United Way has been getting extra props lately, and that’s worth feeling good about.
For starters, The Chronicle of Philanthropy has named United Way Worldwide to the top spot of America’s Favorite Charities. These are 100 cause-driven nonprofit organizations that Americans are most willing to support financially because of trust ... Read more