- SAFETY & STABILITY FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS We believe women and children who are survivors of domestic violence should have the tools they need to have a life of safety, stability and success. Your support has made it possible for the United Way of Jackson County to fund the Trauma Counseling at the AWARE Shelter. Survivors of domestic and sexual violence have a safe and nurturing environment where they can begin the healing process. They have access to group and individual counseling. Through this program, survivors have the opportunityto escape their past and develop their future. The story of Danna and her daughter is just one of hundreds ... Read more
- A BOLD STEP TOWARD FINANCIAL STABILITY Blog by Ken Toll
My last two blogs touched on a new community vision, United Way’s focus on Financial Stability, and the impact of poverty and near-poverty on people and the community.
Today I want to touch on how Jackson County is going to really move the needle.
Remember our vision: We will be a community rich in opportunities to eliminate poverty and allow all people to achieve financial stability and success.
A vision is great. Every community should have one. But if we don’t take deliberate steps to make it real, it’s just words on paper.
This is where partnership is so crucial. United ... Read more
- 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? 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 There’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 “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 Working 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 We 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 We 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 “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