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  • COVID-19 Update: Community Support Lifts Response Fund United Way of Jackson County continues to work in concert with the Jackson COVID-19 Action Network to coordinate our community’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. Here is a roundup of the latest developments. REMINDER: If you need immediate assistance with basic needs, call 2-1-1. Central Michigan 2-1-1 will connect you with programs and services to help you. Community Support lifts Response Fund to $122,000. Jackson County businesses, foundations and individuals are showing their generosity and compassion! Gifts to the COVID-19 Response Fund, created by United Way of Jackson County and the Jackson Community Foundation, have reached $122,000. Among the gifts received so ... Read more
  • COVID-19 Update: Volunteer Recruitment; Making Safe Donations; Financial Tools; Helping The Homeless United Way of Jackson County, along with the Jackson COVID-19 Action Network, is diligently coordinating our community’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. Here is a roundup of the latest developments. REMINDER: If you need immediate assistance with basic needs, call 2-1-1. Central Michigan 2-1-1 will connect you with programs and services to help you. We’re recruiting volunteers! If you are at in a low-risk group for complications from COVID-19, we need your help with deliveries of essentials to Jackson County residents who are homebound or lack transportation. There are a few requirements: 1) You must be healthy, with no symptoms of COVID-19 ... Read more
  • COVID-19 Update: Consumers Energy Donation; Household Items Needed United Way of Jackson County continues to work with the Jackson COVID-19 Action Network to coordinate how our community responds to the coronavirus outbreak. Here’s a quick snapshot of the latest news. REMINDER: If you need immediate assistance with basic needs, call 2-1-1. The fantastic team at Central Michigan 2-1-1 will connect you with programs and services to help you. Consumers Energy’s Joe Eckert prepares to deliver donated gift cards. Consumers Energy donates gift cards. Once again demonstrating their passion for community, Consumers Energy donated $14,000 in gift cards to United Way, which is already distributing them to local nonprofit agencies. The gift ... Read more
  • COVID-19 Update: Community Steps Up, Forms Action Team Daily life continues to be affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. Not surprisingly, the people and organizations of Jackson County are stepping up to help those in need. United Way of Jackson County is part of the Jackson COVID-19 Action Network. That network formed Friday, March 13 to assess the most urgent needs that our community will face from the coronavirus outbreak and resulting disruptions.  By coordinating our resources and actions, we can ensure that our community’s most critical human service organizations are able to meet the coming challenges, and that our most vulnerable residents remain able to access food, shelter, and other ... Read more
  • COVID-19 Response Fund Launched to Support Efforts for Local Residents United Way of Jackson County and the Jackson Community Foundation jointly launched a new fund to help the community deal with the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and the steps taken to slow the disease’s spread. “We’re deeply concerned over the impact of the novel coronavirus on our community, and especially how it’s affecting our most vulnerable residents,” said Ken Toll, President & CEO of United Way of Jackson County. “Our new COVID-19 Response Fund will allow United Way to help support broad-based efforts that lift up those who are disproportionately impacted,” he said. “We are so fortunate that our community has a ... Read more
  • Building a Better Reality: United Way’s Collaborative Impact in Jackson Ken Toll speaks at the State of the City presentation on Feb. 26. Ken Toll, President & CEO of United Way of Jackson County, was a speaker at the Jackson “State of the City” presentation on Feb. 26. Below are his remarks about the financial struggles of families in poverty and how United Way is bringing together partners and resources to help those in need. I’m especially excited to be here at the Michigan Theater. I grew up just a few blocks from here, and many times I hiked over for a Disney double-feature matinee. After college, I returned to Jackson and ... Read more
  • CP Federal/United Way Partnership Tackles Poverty With Free Online Financial Tools Banzai web tools bring financial wellness to everyone at no cost. CP Federal Credit Union and United Way of Jackson County today unveiled free online tools to help Jackson County residents better understand financial issues and manage their personal finances effectively. Coming together, CP Federal and United Way are making Banzai, an online interactive financial education tool, free and accessible to everyone. Based in Provo, Utah, Banzai Inc. offers online educational tools with topics ranging from budgeting to housing, and much more. The CP Federal and United Way partnership brings this resource to Jackson County and beyond. The CP Federal and ... Read more
  • National Partnership Makes Drug Available To Fight Opioid Overdoses in Jackson County Opioid overdoses make up a significant number of ER visits. United Way of Jackson County will make vouchers for Narcan, a drug that treats opioid overdose, available to local substance abuse organizations through a partnership with FamilyWize and Walmart. Bethany Stutzman, Community Solutions Director for UWJC, said 30 vouchers will be given to the Jackson County Housing Commission and Parents United by Children With Substance Abuse Disorders. The vouchers can be redeemed at Walmart. According to Jackson County’s Heroin and Opioid Task Force Committee, there were 288 heroin- and opioid-related overdoses reported in Jackson County in 2017. There were 76 drug-related deaths, most ... Read more
  • Golf UNITED Returns! Annual Scramble Happens May 15 The groundhog says spring is near—and that means golf season is close on its heels! Time to prepare for the second annual Golf UNITED Against Poverty, a four-person scramble tournament that’s both fun and supports United Way’s work to help Jackson County families become financially stable. This year’s Golf UNITED happens Friday, May 15, at Hankerd Hills Golf Course. Entry fee is $400 per team or $100 per individual. That includes 18 holes, a cart, dogs at the turn, and lunch. Lots of prizes are included, too. Download a signup form by clicking here. Corporate sponsorships are available, too. Think spring! And we’ll ... Read more
  • Investing for Impact: United Way Launches 2020-21 RFP United Way is seeking proposals from local nonprofit partners and programs for investing to advance our crucial work in Jackson County. United Way of Jackson County continues to seek out and support a range of services which will help local households find their pathways to lasting financial stability, said Ken Toll, President & CEO. “Families throughout Jackson County need a wide variety of services to complete this journey,” Toll said. “This grant cycle invites local nonprofits to show us where their services fit along that continuum, from providing basic needs so the family is ready to take that ... Read more