United Way

Financial Stability

Our Vision

We will be a community rich in opportunities to eliminate poverty and allow all people to achieve financial stability and success

Our goal

To help 5,000 Jackson County residents develop a pathway to financial stability and success by 2025.

It matters because 15% of Jackson County households are in poverty.  21% of households (ALICE) struggle to remain above the poverty level.

What we're doing - Supporting these programs helps families and individuals become or stay financially stable.  For instance, our support of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program resulted in a return of $4.4 million to low-income households in 2016.

NEW - Request for Proposal

United Way is seeking proposals from local partners and programs for investing to advance our crucial work in Jackson County. Click on the links below to download RFP instructions, an application and budget worksheet. This RFP process is for investments starting July 1, 2020, and ending June 30, 2021. Deadline for submissions is Monday, March 2, 2020, at 5 p.m.

2020 RFP instructions

2020 RFP application

2020 RFP budget worksheet





Domestic Violence Shelter Program - AWARE

An emergency shelter that provides safe, temporary housing for women and their children who have experienced domestic violence. Last year over 500 women and children received housing, food and other resources.

Our IMPACTJayla finally had enough. After years of violence at the hands of her boyfriend, she left. She knew she couldn't stay in Detroit with family or friends because he would find her. The fuel in her car took her as far as I-94's exit 141.
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Financial Empowerment Program - Community Action Agency

Various financial stability programs including debt reduction and home ownership education that promote financial independence and self-sufficiency. 86% of participants showed a knowledge gain regarding financial management through Financial Freedom Classes.

Our IMPACT - The paycheck went just as quickly as it came. Rent, car, lights, groceries, all the different things Helen's three children needed and so on, each claiming their piece of the pie. Their were extra slices left over all the...
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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program - Community Action Agency

An IRS sponsored program providing free income tax preparation to low-to-mid income tax payers. The VITA program served 6000 Jackson residents last year and returned more than $4.5 million to Jackson County.

Our IMPACT - Being a senior citizen, Betty is on a limited income, which leaves little room for any extra expenses. For seven years she had
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Jackson County Adult Guardian Services - Family Service & Children's Aid

Guardian and conservator services to incapacitated adults that are vulnerable to exploitation and are unable to protect their own interests. Last year this program protected 423 Jackson County residents.

Our IMPACT - Mark is 50 and has lived with his family his whole life. He's a fun person who likes to joke around and go on walks with his folks. Mark is developmentally disabled, and is the pride and joy of his parents.
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Juvenile Diversion Program - Family Service & Children's Aid

Provides at-risk juveniles with services promoting school attendance, improved decision-making, prevention of recidivism, and improve the family relationship. This program keeps kids out of trouble, it has a 94% success rate.

Our IMPACT - Tammy was angry. She was angry at school because she felt her teachers didn't like her, so she
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Assisted Living For Senior Women - Jackson Friendly Home

Offers low-income housing for elderly women. Right now 50 senior women are living in a safe environment with meals and baseline healthcare at the Jackson Friendly Home.

Our IMPACT - Edith moved to the friendly home in May after living in an apartment with a family member. Her doctor contacted the home after Edith came in for an appointment and indicated she was experiencing abuse.
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Assisted Living For Elderly Gentlemen - John George Home

Provides low-income housing for elderly men.

Our IMPACT - For nearly a year Dave has been waiting to move to the John George Home. Right now he is living in a home outside of Jackson. They don't provide for his medical needs or supportive services.
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Legal Services for Very Low Income Individuals & Families - Legal Services of South Central Michigan

Provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals. Emphasis placed on homelessness prevention, domestic violence, and assistance in accessing food, healthcare, and basic needs cases. 98% of low-income clients who received free legal services had a successful outcome.

Our IMPACT - Connie is disabled, she works part time from home and depends on assistance to survive. Last year she survived a house fire. Whe was able to escape without injury, but her home was destroyed.
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Jackson County Mediation/Eviction Diversion Program - Legal Services of South Central Michigan

A collaboration of Jackson County nonprofit agencies seeking to prevent homelessness and promoting family relationships and financial stability.

Our IMPACT - Lisa lives in subsidized housing. It's affordable and she is able to pay the rent on time but most importantly it is home for her and her daughter. Lisa had to fight to keep her home and she...
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Basic Needs - Salvation Army

Provides food, energy, and housing assistance to low to moderate income residents. Last year over 8000 Jackson County Families received 5 days worth of food and nearly 3000 families were able to avoid shut off or had their utilities turned back on. 

Our IMPACT - The food pantry often fills special requests, such as "pop top" cans because the contents are easy to eat in cars at night or food that will hold their integrity in a cooler for the family that lives in a tent.
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Site Based Mentoring - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jackson County

This is an in school, one-to-one mentoring program consisting of the Bigs In Schools Program and the Learn & Serve Teen Mentoring Classroom-to-Classroom Program. Students are paired with a caring mentor who focuses on creating social, academic, and emotional successes.  90.7% of the Bigs In Schools Students improve their reading proficiency.

Our IMPACTDave and Chris were matched in 2008. They moved beyond that part of the program with Chris entered middle school. Throughout their relationship they achieved a variety of goals including trying every restaurant in Jackson County.
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FIRST - Child Care Netork

Provides scholarships for low-income families giving low-income children the opportunity for high quality child care programs. The program includes in-depth case management to families, targeting areas identified by the parent(s).  100% of parents awarded FIRST scholarships for their children remained employed or in higher education programs.

Our IMPACT - Joshua is a single father to David and Amy. He works hard to care for them. He is currently finishing a vocational program and is looking forward to working in his field. His journey has not been easy.
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After School Program - Lily Missions Center

After school programming that allows students to fulfill school requirements, increase state testing scores, and participate in life-building opportunities such as community service and physical activity in a safe environment.

Our IMPACT - In October, a mother came in crying because she was going to have to quit her job in order to ensure that her child was not "getting left behind in school." That's when the Director of this program stepped in and helped her.
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Energizing Education - United Way of Jackson County

An early childhood literacy/mentoring program supervised by a literacy specialist and aiming to have all Jackson County students reading at or above grade level by 3rd grade.

Our IMPACT - One of EE's mentors is a coach in the community. He has been a mentor with EE for several years. This year he was assigned a student who had many obstacles to overcome.
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Sexual Assault Program - AWARE

Providing community education striving to eliminate sexual violence. Initial medical attention to assault victims, and counseling referrals for women and children who have experienced sexual assault or violence. 97% of AWARE presentation attendees report an increased knowledge in sexual assault and the healing process.

Our IMPACT - She came from out of state. She escaped a horrific situation. Her children were safe in another state and she was safe in Jackson at the AWARE Shelter. She had many obstacles to overcome to get her children back and start a new life.
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Community Based Mentoring - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jackson County

One-to-one mentoring program focusing on fostering healthy choices, emotional well-being, and academic success of young people through positive role-modeling relationships. At-risk youth not only develop a better sense of their own future, they also showed improvement in physical fitness and personal hygiene.

Our IMPACT - Emily is a 31 year old financial analyst for Consumers Energy. Kalayjaha is an 8-year-old who attends Bennett Elementary. The two were matched in 2016 and have spent past couple years building their relationship and doing fun things.
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Outpatient Counseling Voucher Program - Catholic Charities/Family Service & Children's Aid

Wide range of mental health and substance abuse services for children, families, and adults with an emphasis on creating strong family relationships and maintaining good mental health. 685 people completed Outpatient Counseling last year.  90% showed mental and/or behavioral improvement.

Our IMPACT - Jane was referred to counseling by a friend. She had no hope and not a day went by when she did not cry over trauma and loss in
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Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative - Jackson County Health Department

Community initiative to reduce teen pregnancy rates in Jackson County and address contributing factors. 800 Jackson County teens have been reached through TPPI's Teen Advisory Council.

Our IMPACT - Two members from TPPI's Teen Advisory Council worked with leadership at Columbia Central Middle School to plan an event to promote their cause. These teens organized and 
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