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  • Ring in 2020 by Spending Less on Rx Drugs! FamilyWize, UW Can Help A powerful partnership involving United Way of Jackson County has saved local residents $993,997 on prescription medications since 2007. FamilyWize, a community service organization, works with United Ways across the country to lower the cost of prescription medications for local individuals and families. In 2019 alone, Jackson County residents saved $76,449 on their medicines through the FamilyWize partnership with United Way of Jackson County. “Our United Way tackles poverty in Jackson County, and the cost of medicines is one common factor that can send struggling families into poverty,” said Ken Toll, President and CEO of United Way of Jackson County. People with low ... Read more
  • Why Every Day is #GivingTuesday by Ken Toll Back in 2012, New York City’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation had an idea: What if, in the wake of big shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there was a day set aside to focus on giving back to our communities? And thus Giving Tuesday was born. I support the idea for the most part. Modern life is so busy, so complex, with so many daily challenges, that there’s value in having a day where we’re called to stop and think of others. But I also think of Giving Tuesday—or #GivingTuesday if you’re on social media—as ... Read more
  • Practically Perfect! Power of the Purse Happens Nov. 1 The 10th annual Power of the Purse will bring together generous people from across Jackson County for food, fun and the opportunity to support United Way’s work to end poverty. Power of the Purse happens Friday, Nov. 1. It involves local businesses and individuals donating purses filled with items of all kinds. The purses are then auctioned off, with all proceeds going to a local nonprofit or program. This year’s funds will fuel United Way of Jackson County’s financial stability programs. This year’s theme is based on Mary Poppins. The event features surprise guest models, a raffle, and other fun activities. Power of ... Read more
  • FEMA Funds for Food, Shelter, Utility Assistance Still Available A grant awarded in June to United Way of Jackson County to support food, shelter and utility assistance programs in high-need areas still has $11,885 available to help local residents in need. Find out more here. Read more
  • United Ways Stand Behind Dislocated Workers United Ways Stand Behind Dislocated Workers The Michigan Association of United Ways, which includes United Way of Jackson County, has announced a unified response in support of dislocated workers across the state of Michigan. Read our news release here. Read more
  • Cardboard Boats Hit the Waves to Kick Off UWJC Campaign Cardboard Boats Hit the Waves to Kick Off UWJC Campaign It’s a food fight! Boats clash during What Floats Your Cardboard Boat? Race. The eighth annual What Floats Your Cardboard Boat? Race gave plenty of food for thought as 16 entrants paddled for prizes and kicked off United Way of Jackson County’s fall fundraising campaign. Western High School’s “Western Omelette” outdistanced the other competitors at the urban fishery pond at Cascade Falls Park. Click here for our full report. Western High School crosses the finish line to win the 2019 race. EXIT Realty sets sail. Read more
  • 4-Star Rating Underscores United Way’s Value, Trustworthiness When you invest financially, you want to know you can count on a positive return. That’s true with your charitable investment, too. Now a national charity watchdog has given United Way of Jackson County (UWJC) its highest rating for trustworthiness and value. Charity Navigator awarded UWJC a 4-star rating—its premier designation. Only 25% of nonprofits monitored by Charity Navigator reach that level. “This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way,” said Charity Navigator CEO Michael Thatcher in a letter to UWJC. “Attaining a 4-star rating verifies ... Read more
  • Jackson County Jumps Aboard ‘Stuff The Bus,’ Donates 12,132 Back-to-School Items Jackson County residents rallied to help vulnerable families prepare their children for school by donating 12,132 back-to-school supplies during the recent Stuff The Bus event. That exceeds last year’s tally of 10,724 items. READ MORE Read more
  • United Way, Local Agencies to ‘Stuff The Bus’ For Second Consecutive Year Community Can Donate New School Supplies or Text to Give United Way of Jackson County, along with local business and area agencies, are inviting residents to donate school supplies so all children in Jackson County have the tools they need to learn and succeed. Follow the link Read more
  • FEMA Grant to United Way Makes Nearly $73,000 Available for Food, Shelter Needs Qualified Organizations Can Apply For Assistance by July 15th United Way of Jackson County has been awarded $72,864 in federal funds to support food, shelter and utility assistance programs in high-need areas. The emergency funding is provided through the Emergency Food And Shelter National Board Program, administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Follow the link Read more