Jon-Paul Jones

United Way board of directors newest board member, Jon-Paul Jones.

Gladwin County

Happy New Year! As we all welcome the new year and strive to make improvements in our daily lives in multiple ways, United Way wants to assure you that they are also committed to be the very best they can be in 2022. They wish to thank everyone who gave, advocated, or volunteered in 2021. 

They wanted to kick off the new year by highlighting one of the partner agencies in which your dollars help to support. And as a bonus, United Way wants to recognize one of their newest board members that many may find familiar. They wish everyone a healthy and prosperous 2022 and look forward to continuing to serve. 

Your contributions have helped support over 20 different local nonprofit organizations in Clare and Gladwin counties. This month, the organization wants to highlight one of those nonprofits with their new “Agency Spotlight” where they will bring you information on local nonprofits that your United Way dollars help to support. 

To start, 1016 Recovery Network is a support and recovery-based organization for those that struggle with addiction. Serving both Clare and Gladwin counties, 1016 provides education and rehabilitation surrounding drug and alcohol abuse, as well as life skills for healthy choices. With services available in the hospital emergency rooms, a long-term facility located in Midland, and day groups around the local communities, 1016 accommodates all individual needs. 

If you, or someone you know needs help, you may call 989-802-0742. 1016 does accept walk ins, however it is best to call ahead to make sure that a staff member is present. 

When asking Sam Price, 1016 Executive Director, how they use United Way dollars within their organization Sam said, “Ten16 believes that the best way to promote long term healing and sustained recovery is through the power of community. We have a heavy emphasis on learning from others who are going through the same struggles. Ten16 can use the UW dollars that are generously given to us to ensure that anyone in the community can drop in and get the help they need.” 

This is wonderful news for those that lack resources or funding for counseling and therapy. Thanks to your local United Way and the many generous donors, anyone who finds that they may need addiction counseling may receive it. 

“The United Way does a great job of prioritizing the needs of the community and making sure that the local agencies are working in the same direction. They take the burden off our fundraising. The community volunteer allocation process makes sure that community dollars are spent wisely, and it provides a level of accountability back to the community to let you know how those dollars were invested in your friends and neighbors,” Sam said. 

The United Way thanks Sam and all the 1016 Recovery Network staff for their continued efforts to help promote health and wellness within Clare and Gladwin counties. 

The support and funding of 1016 Recovery Network and all local United Way agencies is governed by a United Way board of directors which is composed of local peers. They are proud to introduce one of the newest members of that board, Jon-Paul Jones. 

As a Saint Gobain multi-site manager for the past two and a half years, JP brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the United Way board having had a background in Army National Guard, having worked for General Motors for 15 years, and now to be working with one of this community’s most prestigious companies, United Way feels very fortunate that JP has chosen to represent the town of Beaverton and Gladwin County as a whole. 

When United Way sat down with JP and asked him what he hopes to achieve as he sits on our board of directors he stated, “As a leader at Saint-Gobain, I try to be a positive influence on our teams and motivate them to collaborate in ways that deliver the best possible outcomes for our company, our customers, and the community. I intend to bring a similar mindset to the role with United Way. Both organizations have great reputations and deep ties in our area, so my goal is to leverage our collective strengths and bring people together to continue to make a difference where we live and work.” 

In JP’s closing thoughts he wants the readers of this article to keep in mind how you too can make a difference saying, “As Americans we know how important it is to band together in support of our families, community and country. The United Way offers direction and an easy avenue to provide that support to those in need in our community. It’s my little piece of organized support.” 

If you would like to band together in support of local families, community, and county, you can do so by donating online at www.unitedwaycgc.org or mailing your donation to P.O. Box 116, Clare, MI 48617. You may also visit the United Way website or call their office if you would like more information at 989-426-9225.

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