COVID-19 Response Fund and mitigation information



The recent and necessary COVID-19 mitigation efforts will cause a whole new set of problems for those we serve and our partners serving them.  In food distribution, daycare, basic needs and so many other ways, the needs in the next few weeks need additional funding, additional volunteering, and additional collaboration.  

Be a part of solving these emergency needs.  100% of funds received go to local Ottawa County responses to needs related to the COVID-19 outbreak.


What a week filled with an amazing community outpouring.  This week we were able to accomplish so much including:

  • Creating a team of volunteers who, in pairs, are shopping food and other supplies to deliver to the doors of seniors who lack other family or community support.
  • Working with member agencies to identify available alternate housing for people experiencing homelessness.
  • Are in contact with all of our community nonprofits to ascertain their needs for money, goods, and volunteers.
  • Mobilizing hundreds of volunteers to create food boxes to support local food pantries.
  • Continuing to raise funds for the joint funding project, the results of which are which is being disbursed daily to local serve the immediate needs in our community.



COVID-19:  Preventing the spread

As an organization dedicated to the well-being of our community, we are closely watching the developments surrounding the spread of Coronavirus, and its official appearance in Michigan. Many people may be wondering what we can do to minimize the impact of the outbreak. We encourage everyone to read these recommendations from the Ottawa County Department of Public Health for reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection for yourselves and others.  We are fortunate, as of this posting to have no confirmed COVID-19 cases, and we can all play a part of keeping it that way.

Leading by Example

Our top priority is the safety of our staff, volunteers and guests, so we have / will:

  • Cancelled orpostponed events
  • Restrict work travel to within our dual county borders, Ottawa and Allegan, for the time being
  • Promote and use the elbow bump instead of handshake events and meetings
  • Promote and use appropriate coughing and sneezing protocol
  • Promote and use appropriate handwashing protocol
  • Watch reports to determine whether or not to cancel specific events and activities
  • Post useful prevention suggestions on social media and website

Planning Ahead

As usual, we are also working on contingency plans / scenario planning, and talking with other agencies and partners to prepare for any possible disruption to daily life for our partners and those we serve.

Thank you for being an important part of creating a strong community.