JCAN Community Resources
Bringing the Community Together
The Jackson community is coming together to respond to the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). Following the Local State of Emergency declaration from Mayor Derek Dobies on March 17, a section of Jackson County’s emergency response was activated to care for human service needs. Around the same time, the Jackson COVID-19 Action Network (JCAN) was taking shape.
JCAN is now working with the county’s emergency response to meet the needs of the community. The group consists of representatives from more than two dozen local government agencies, organizations, businesses, non-profits, resident-lead community groups, and volunteers. JCAN is focused on ensuring all Jackson County residents have access to food, shelter, information and other basic needs.
How You Can Give and Receive Help
Several initiatives have been launched to raise funds, obtain supplies, and organize volunteers. JCAN is currently supported through a fund established by the United Way of Jackson County and the Jackson Community Foundation. As of late May, the fund has already raised more than $294,000 for the JCAN effort from community donations. The money will be used to purchase and distribute supplies to residents in need. Some of the essential items include:
- Baby formula
- Baby wipes
- Diapers and pull-ups
- Tampons and pads
- Hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper
- Sanitizer wipes
- Over the counter meds
- Laundry soap
Funds raised will also support local organizations to help residents and address long-term implications of the crisis. Monetary donations are accepted online by visiting uwjackson.org and going to the “Donate” section.
For those wanting to donate the items listed, a donation site has been established at the City of Jackson’s Boos Community Center. The Boos Community Center is located in Loomis Park at 210 Gilbert St. Donations are accepted Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Items will sit for several days in a secure area and regularly wiped down to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Those looking for help should call the 2-1-1 helpline to get connected to assistance from JCAN and other community resources. JCAN is also looking for volunteers to assist with response efforts. Anyone interested in volunteering should also call 2-1-1 if they’re interested in volunteering.
JCAN will continue to update the community on new response initiatives and services when they’re available. Residents wanting to stay updated on JCAN’s efforts should follow the City’s social media platforms and sign up for CodeRED for the latest updates.
How JCAN is Helping the Community: May 29, 2020 Update
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis continues to affect the community, Jackson is rising to the challenge and stepping up to help those in need. This important work of responding to basic needs is taking place through the leadership of the Jackson COVID-19 Action Network, also known as JCAN.
JCAN, which functions as part of Jackson County’s emergency response, consists of representatives from more than two dozen local government agencies, organizations, businesses, non-profits, resident-lead community groups, and volunteers. This collaborative group is focused on ensuring all Jackson County residents have access to food, shelter, information, and other basic needs.
Since its formation in mid-March, JCAN has been stepping into action to provide these basic needs. JCAN’s efforts are supported by the COVID-19 Response Fund created by the United Way of Jackson County and the Jackson Community Foundation. As of May 20, the fund has raised $294,171. So far, $167,019 of that total has been allocated to purchase and distribute supplies to residents in need, along with supporting area non-profits. A total of 113,891 items have been distributed. These donations have come from local businesses, organizations, and residents.
A video has been produced by JCAN and the City of Jackson to highlight the efforts of organizations like the United Way of Jackson County and Partial to Girls.