United Way

IMPACTS! Blog

  • Your Impact On Our Community This week we have a video Story of IMPACT from our Volunteer of the Year, Ted Ykimoff. Why does your gift matter? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hO98yV8B_2s&t=24s Read more
  • Preventing Teenage Pregnancies and Keeping Girls In School Preventing Teenage Pregnancies and Keeping Girls In SchoolWe believe reducing the number of teenage mothers in our community is just one step of many in creating a community rich in opportunities and free from poverty. The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative was formed in 2005 by UWJC and continues today as part of the Jackson County Health Department. TPPI seeks to improve adolescent sexual health, improve communication between teens and adults, and promote awareness on the issue. Because of this program, teenagers across Jackson County are engaged in conversations with peers and adults on sexual health . From January to June 2016, over 1,800 teens were reached through this ... Read more
  • We Believe Troubled Teens Can Be Redirected We Believe Troubled Teens Can Be RedirectedWe believe in second chances. We believe troubled teens who are going down the wrong path can be redirected. We want these kids to grow into responsible adults who are financially independent. Your United Way of Jackson County support allows us to fund a Juvenile Diversion and Truancy Prevention Program that provides at-risk juveniles with services that promote regular school attendance, improve overall choices in their behavior, prevent further prosecution/recidivism, and improve familial relationships. Tammy, is a 15 year old who has dealt with a lot at a young age. This United Way funded program turned her life around. Tammy’s story ... Read more
  • Ensuring A Stable Tomorrow By Investing In Our Youth Today Ensuring A Stable Tomorrow By Investing In Our Youth TodayWe believe we can eliminate poverty in our community, in part, by preparing struggling students to succeed in school. Our elementary aged students have a greater chance of graduating high school if they are reading at grade level by the 4th grade. Your support makes it possible for United Way of Jackson County to give students the tools they need to succeed. UWJC’s Energizing Education pairs students who are falling behind with trained reading mentors. These mentors work on reading skills with these students twice a week. Chelsea is a JPS student who now has the tools she needs to ... Read more
  • Stability For Our Greatest Generation Stability For Our Greatest GenerationWe believe elderly men who have been abused, neglected or unable to care for themselves deserve an affordable home where their basic needs are met. Your support for United Way of Jackson County allows us to fund the John George Home. This facility provides a home, food and help with medical and mental health care. It also provides a sense of community and belonging for those who have been forgotten and left behind. Forty-three men currently call the John George Home their home, Bill is one of them. Bill came from a senior living apartment. He was independent, happy and able to ... Read more
  • All Our Kids Need To Be Confident & Strong All Our Kids Need To Be Confident & StrongWe want to break the cycle of multi-generational poverty in Jackson County. We envision a community rich in opportunities to eliminate poverty and allow all people to achieve financial stability and success. Among the many crucial things we must address is preparing our youth to pursue their pathway to stability. Your support allows United Way of Jackson County to do just that. Children from impoverished homes or single-parent homes are gaining the confidence and skills they need to begin that journey. Because of you, we are able to fund community based mentoring programs through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jackson ... Read more
  • Helping Struggling Families Keep The Lights On Helping Struggling Families Keep The Lights OnWe believe helping struggling families with basic needs will lead them to their pathway of financial stability and success. Consumers Energy has partnered with United Way of Jackson County on the Consumers Affordable Resource for Energy (CARE) Program. Qualified enrollees in the CARE program pay a portion of their bill, Consumers Energy pays the other portion and enrollees have the opportunity to receive energy saving services from consumers. This program keeps the lights on for families who are having difficulty making the ends meet and it allows them to use their limited resources on other areas of their budget such ... Read more
  • Kids Succeed & Struggling Families Win! Kids Succeed & Struggling Families Win!We believe all children should have equal access to quality day care and early learning opportunities. By supporting United Way of Jackson County, you make quality care affordable for struggling families. UWJC funds the FIRST Family Support Program through the Child Care Network. This program provides child care tuition to low-income qualifying families. Parents can afford day care that provides their young children with development and growth opportunities. In turn, parents are able to redirect their limited resources so they can live independently and continue on their pathway to financial stability and success. Lauren’s story is one example of the ... Read more
  • EXTENDING THE SAFETY NET FOR STRUGGLING FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS EXTENDING THE SAFETY NET FOR STRUGGLING FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALSWe believe that helping struggling families and individuals with basic needs assistance during times of financial crisis will eventually lead to stability and success. When you support United Way of Jackson County, you help expand the safety net for families and individuals. United Way provides funds to the Salvation Army Basic Needs Program, which provides food, utility assistance and minor home repair. Dorothy is just one of many who have been able to get by because of this United Way funded program. Dorothy had hip surgery. She spent last winter at a nursing facility recovering and doing physical therapy. Her husband ... Read more
  • WE WANT OUR CHILDREN TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED WE WANT OUR CHILDREN TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEEDYour United Way of Jackson County support is helping young students understand how alcohol, tobacco, and drugs will negatively impact their lives. We believe kids who have been a part of this United Way funded program will make positive choices and will remain on their pathway to stability and success. The Breakout Drug Education Program provides school based education for middle and high school students throughout Jackson County. They are making an IMPACT in our community. The following was taken from a “Letter of Support” written by a Columbia Central teacher. This program is effective because it is geared toward the middle ... Read more