Success Stories

Thank You! Together we’re strengthening families and changing our community for good.

Our Success in Education

  • To date, almost 200 children under the age of 5 are building their personal collection of books through United Way’s Imagination Library program.
  • Our Pages of Promise program collected more than 1,000 summer reading books for students in Jackson Public Schools.
  • Nearly 250 students grades K-12 attended a United Way tutoring or reading workshop in a single school year.
  • More than 100 youth engaged in volunteering, community investment, and financial education through Youth United Way this past year.

Janice says, “Thank you. Now my children know how important it is to graduate.” Read her story.

Our Success in Income

  • The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helped more than 2,200 families re-invest more than $4.9 million back into our community through tax refunds, half of which resulted from the Earned Income Tax Credit.
  • United Way partnered with North Midtown Partners and CredAbility to establish the first Prosperity Center, a one-stop shop for social and financial counseling services, in the tri-county area.
  • 268 adults were enrolled in United Way-sponsored GED classes, with 56 having already graduated.

Marquita says, “Thank you. I started out needing one job. Now I have two!” Read her story.

Our Success in Health

  • More than 70,000 meals were served to elderly or impoverished neighbors in the tri-county area this year.
  • 330 women and children who were either homeless or victims of abuse were given a safe place to stay and transition into permanent housing.
  • More than $377,000 in prescription drug costs have been saved to-date through United Way’s partnership with FamilyWize.
  • More than 51,000 low- to moderate-income patients received free or reduced cost health care services and prescription drugs, worth more than $1 million.

Callie says, “Thank you. Because I got a great start, there’s nothing I can’t do!”

Other Success Stories:

David says, “I’m the first person in my family to graduate high school and go to college.”

Shelby says, “As a mentor, I wasn’t just helping my ‘little,’ but the entire class.”

Dexter says, “You’ll be surprised at what the people you help end up helping you.”

Renae says, “You helped me show my kids that you can win if you keep trying.”