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  • Investing in Jackson County Investing in Jackson CountyWith the whirlwind passage of tax reform by the federal government, nonprofit agencies are looking anxiously at 2018. The new law increases the standard deduction for taxpayers, which means fewer people will need to itemize. That removes an incentive for people to make charitable gifts; in fact, the National Tax Policy Center estimates charitable giving nationwide will drop up to 6.5 percent, or $20 billion. Of course, among the most important lessons I learned in my youth—one that determined my life’s work—is that we give to those in need because it’s the right thing to do, not because we get a tax ... Read more
  • CARE Plus Program – Offering Assistance That Leads To Stability CARE Plus Program - Offering Assistance That Leads To Stability UNITED WE WIN by helping households and families survive a difficult time. We want everyone to have an opportunity to achieve stability in their lives. United Way of Jackson County in cooperation with Consumers Energy supports and operates the CARE Plus Program, connecting low-income households with utility assistance. The program offers gift cards to individuals willing to share their story or post helpful information in a private Facebook group for those enrolled. Joan qualified for assistance with her natural gas bill, participated in the Facebook group, and was randomly selected to receive a gift card. 2017 was not an easy ... Read more
  • Consumers Energy, United Way Partner on Energy Assistance Consumers Energy, United Way Partner on Energy AssistanceConsumers Energy announced today that it’s donating $10 million that will go directly to helping people in need with their energy bills – assistance that will help thousands of families to stay safe and warm through this cold Michigan winter. United Way of Jackson County is among six nonprofits statewide that will administer the funds and coordinate assistance to those in need. “For people in poverty or living with low incomes, it’s easy to fall behind on utility bills. That creates a spiral that keeps them from achieving financial stability,” said Ken Toll, President and CEO of United Way of Jackson ... Read more
  • Fighting For Stability, United Against Substance Abuse Fighting For Stability, United Against Substance Abuse UNITED WE FIGHT for the financial stability of every person in Jackson County. Widespread substance abuse and addiction is a leading contributor to poverty in our community. We support counseling programs through Catholic Charities of Jackson and Family Service and Children’s Aid that help those who have struggled with addictions. By working through their underlying issues, clients learn to put their obstacles behind them so they can move forward and have an opportunity at success and stability. Last year more than 200 people improved their lives through this program. Phil’s story is just one of many successes. Phil is 40 and ... Read more
  • Creating Strong and Enduring Relationships That Improves The Lives Kids Facing Adversity Creating Strong and Enduring Relationships That Improves The Lives Kids Facing Adversity UNITED WE WIN by changing the lives of children facing adversity. United Way of Jackson County supports community-based mentorship through Big Brothers Big Sisters. This program provides these kids with strong and enduring, professionally reinforced, one-on-one relationships that change their lives for the better. Bigs are encouraged to promote health, wellness and financial stability, among other life skills, for the Little during their relationship. Currently 156 Littles are matched with a Big. Kalayjha is one of those Littles whose life will be changed for the better because of her relationship with Emily. Emily is a 31-year-old financial analyst from Consumers Energy. ... Read more
  • Fighting Elderly Abuse, Neglect, and Homelessness In Our Community Fighting Elderly Abuse, Neglect, and Homelessness In Our CommunityUNITED WE FIGHT for the safety and stability of the vulnerable in Jackson County. Your support provides quality assisted living and housing to women over the age of 60 at the Jackson Friendly Home. Many times, placement is recommended by the primary care physician because of a decline in the abilities of the resident to do self-care. In some cases, these women don’t have family support. They are vulnerable to abuse, neglect or homelessness. 49 elderly women currently call the JFH their home. Edith was placed there earlier this year. Edith moved to the Jackson Friendly home in May after living ... Read more
  • Providing Access To Quality Early Education and Stability To Struggling Households Providing Access To Quality Early Education and Stability To Struggling HouseholdsIn Jackson County, WE LIVE UNITED AGAINST POVERTY.  Many working families in our community don’t earn enough to survive from one month to the next. (See the ALICE Report for details.) These families have to make the tough choice of providing basic needs for their households over quality early education and care for their children. They have to settle for affordable options that lack in the areas of safety and educational benefits. Children from these homes are entering school unprepared. United Way of Jackson County supports the FIRST Family Support Program (FSP) through the Child Care Network. This program provides ... Read more
  • Helping Families Regain Their Stability Helping Families Regain Their StabilityUNITED WE WIN by helping families through the most difficult of times until they can regain a life of stability and success. United Way of Jackson County supports the Felician Children’s Center Emergency Child Care Program. This program reserves six year-round placements for emergency child care situations for urgent circumstances such as immediate medical crises and for working families that may lose income without this option. Parents are able to work through whatever challenges they are facing while their children prosper in excellent child care. Joy is just one of the many parents who have benefited from this United Way ... Read more
  • Partnership Drives Drop in Teen Pregnancies Partnership Drives Drop in Teen PregnanciesA dramatic decline in teen pregnancies proves the power of partnership to tackle one of the biggest social challenges in Jackson County. “When teenagers become parents, they’re less likely to finish school, more likely to live in poverty, and often pass along health and economic problems to their children,” said Michelle White, Director of Health Education and Health Promotion at the Jackson County Health Department. In 2003, more than 78 of every 1,000 females ages 15-19 in Jackson County became pregnant. While lower than the high mark—the rate hit nearly 114 per 1,000 in 1990—it remained far too high. In fact, Jackson ... Read more
  • Small Needs With Huge IMPACT Small Needs With Huge IMPACTUNITED WE FIGHT POVERTY! Families who are struggling shouldn’t have to choose between keeping the lights on or putting food on the table, or staying warm or filling their prescription, or fixing a leak or fixing their car so they can get to work. United Way of Jackson County supports the Salvation Army’s Basic Needs Program, which provides food, energy, and limited housing assistance to low- and moderate-income residents of Jackson County. The program also provides prescription, funeral, transportation, home repair assistance and other emergency needs on a limited basis as funding is available. Your support allows this program to ... Read more