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  • MAKING JACKSON A BETTER PLACE FOR EVERYONE MAKING JACKSON A BETTER PLACE FOR EVERYONE“I want to do what I can to help others. It’s as simple as that.” Ted Ykimoff is a longtime volunteer with United Way of Jackson County.  For 22 years he has helped as a solicitor, chaired our General Business Campaign, volunteered at local events and engaged in countless other ways.  This year Ted is running United Way’s community fundraising efforts.  Ted calls Jackson County home and he wants only the best for our community. “I count it a blessing to be part of the United Way team that has a ‘Go All In’ commitment to Jackson County.  Having lived here most ... Read more
  • SO WHAT IS ‘FINANCIAL STABILITY’ ALL ABOUT? SO WHAT IS 'FINANCIAL STABILITY' ALL ABOUT?Financial Stability has been one of United Way’s focus areas for years, along with Education, Health, and Capacity Building. But given how often people ask me what it means, I guess we haven’t done a good job of describing it. A financially stable household has these four things going for it: 1.) Enough income to meet basic needs, meaning food, shelter, health care and other daily expenses; 2.) Enough income to save a little on top of basic needs; 3.) The knowledge to manage a household budget and credit; 4.) The ability to purchase an asset, such as housing, transportation or ... Read more
  • A VISION FOR COMMUNITY PROSPERITY A VISION FOR COMMUNITY PROSPERITYThere’s an old, familiar proverb: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” When it comes to poverty, that proverb has a dire—and often literal—meaning. As you read this, 18 percent of households in Jackson County are stuck in poverty. Another 23 percent may skirt the federal definition of poverty, but they remain one car repair or one unexpected illness away. All told, 25,000 households in our county are either in poverty or one step away. We believe it’s time for a new vision in Jackson County. United Way and a coalition of local nonprofits and community leaders spent months looking at data, ... Read more
  • PROVIDING LEADERSHIP AND DEDICATED TO JACKSON PROVIDING LEADERSHIP AND DEDICATED TO JACKSON“It’s Important to invest in our community.” Mindy Bradish-Orta has been a volunteer board member for the United Way of Jackson County for roughly 6 years.  Mindy always seems to be working or volunteering.  She loves Jackson and she does everything she can to make our community a better place.         “It’s important to invest in our community.” Mindy has been the President and CEO of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and Experience Jackson for 9 years.  She is also the host of Living Today on WILX and most recently became the President CEO of the Jackson Anchor Initiative.  United Way of Jackson ... Read more
  • HELPING KIDS SUCCEED IN SCHOOL HELPING KIDS SUCCEED IN SCHOOLWorking parents have difficult decisions.  Think about the single mom who is working multiple jobs just to stay ahead.  She has three young children–two struggling in school, and a preschooler not school-ready. She works full time. How does she make sure they can succeed in school, go on to post-high learning and have rewarding careers? Access to a quality after-school program could be a life-changing for her and her kids. We believe parents and children should have access to after-school programs that provide educational support with safe and structured activities.  Your support makes it possible for United Way of Jackson County to fund ... Read more
  • HELPING PEOPLE BECOME FINANCIALLY STABLE HELPING PEOPLE BECOME FINANCIALLY STABLEWe believe that teaching individuals how to take control of their personal finances puts them on their pathway to financial stability. Because of your support, United Way of Jackson County is able to fund Financial Stability Workshops through the Community Action Agency.  These workshops help low and moderate income individuals enhance their financial skills and in many cases prepares them to be homeowners like Joel. For eight years, Joel served his country in the Army, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. When he returned home, Joel went to the Community Action Agency for assistance through their supportive services for veteran families to ... Read more
  • SAVING OUR SENIOR WOMEN SAVING OUR SENIOR WOMENWe believe Jackson County’s older citizens should have their basic medical, nutritional and emotional needs met and a place they call home. Because of your support, we can make sure that nearly 50 senior women have access to assisted living, proper nutrition, medical care and counseling through the Jackson Friendly Home.  Each woman was living at or near poverty before they found their new home.  Many were saved from a life of neglect, abuse or homelessness.  Others may have been receiving care from their family, but stress and time took their toll.  Maxine’s story is just one of many. Maxine is one ... Read more
  • A TRUE CHAMPION FOR JACKSON A TRUE CHAMPION FOR JACKSON“It only felt right to give back.” – Lynda Waldron Lynda Waldron has been volunteering with our campaign leadership for three years, and she has been a member of the Women’s Leadership Council for five years.  Lynda works for Henry Ford Allegiance Health as their gift shop supervisor.  When she’s not volunteering with United Way or working, she’s usually giving back to our community in other ways – such as her involvement with the Jackson County Rose Queen Pageant and Festival.  Lynda says she volunteers with United Way of Jackson County because it’s the right thing to do? “I know so many ... Read more
  • DAY OF CARING EVENT ON THE HORIZON! Click here to see Day of Caring opportunities! Volunteering has always been a central pillar to the United Way mission. Now more than ever we see the need to rally people, organizations and businesses around the community in support of one another. A united effort works best with a united beginning. That’s why United Way of Jackson County is sponsoring a Day of Caring – an opportunity to bring together hundreds of local people and organizations to volunteer. The United Way Day of Caring takes place on August 16, from 9:00-3:00.  We’re seeking to promote the spirit and value of volunteerism, increase the ... Read more
  • HELPING CHILDREN TO LEARN AND ACHIEVE HELPING CHILDREN TO LEARN AND ACHIEVEWe want kids who are facing adversity to reach their fullest potential.  By supporting United Way of Jackson County we are able to fund site based mentoring through Big Brothers, Big Sisters.  Children who are struggling in school, dealing with difficult issues at home, at risk of falling behind are paired with caring adults.  Once a week for one hour bigs and littles get together to work on academics, play games and have lunch together.  They build a relationship and that child goes from being unnoticed and unchecked to learning, achieving and feeling important.  Like so many kids in Jackson ... Read more