Weekly Wrap Up: March 13, 2015

The United Way of Jackson County is looking to find a solution for families that are struggling to make ends meet. UWJC is already work with over 60 community partners to develop solutions that can help provide data-driven, long-term sustainable change. “If we can permanently improve people’s economic situations, especially struggling households, the entire community benefits,” said Ken Toll, president and CEO of United Way of Jackson County. To see the in-depth article from MLive, click here

The United Way for Southeastern Michigan is teaming up with the Detroit News and Hiller's to provide books for young children who might not otherwise have access to books until they start school. The program, called Today's Readers, Tomorrow's Leaders, aims to solve adult literacy issues by getting kids started young.  Individuals interested in donated can do so through detroitnews.com/readers or at the checkout line at Hiller's. Find out more about the program in this Detroit News article

Char-Em United Way celebrated it's second annual "Toast to Literacy" event at the end of last February and they want to make sure their community is thanked for it's support. In this Letter to the Editor, Char-Em United Way CEO Lorraine Manary, said "This program directly impacts one of the Char-Em United Way priority areas: helping children achieve their potential, with a focus on early literacy and grade level reading proficiency in third grade. One of the most powerful resources any community has is its people – the power of US; connecting, volunteering, contributing in whatever way we can. This is what improves our community and the lives of those living here". The Toast to Literacy raises funds to help support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which mails ones new, age-appropriate book every month to each child register from birth to age five. 

Read the full letter here.