A Community Coalition
United Way serves as the volunteer hub for the County of Ottawa Emergency Operations Center. We worked with local agencies and units of government to determine needs and fill them quickly. As of this article, United Way has mobilized over 360 volunteers for needs such as boxing food, delivering meals, boxing food, fetching and delivering prescriptions, conducting well-checks and other essentials fro older adults and other vulnerable populations that can't or shouldn't leave their homes. Read Misty's story of volunteerism here https://bit.ly/2VEdS5W
Emergency human neeDs fund
As Michigan begins to look forward to recovering from COVID-19, we are looking ahead to the ongoing physical, emotional and economic impact that the crisis will have on our most vulnerable community members, and the nonprofit services that they need.
Our research shows a very big gap between the need, and the current capacity to fill that gap. Opening Ottawa County up for business is not the end of the crisis for the hardworking families in Ottawa County.
The Community Recovery Fund will help fill the gaps over the next 4 months by investing in the services most needed by our clients. Prior to the crisis, our services touched more than 65,000 in our community, and we expect that the ripples of COVID will double the number that need ongoing support.
This is a difficult time for our community and partners like you help us all be strong, remain hopeful, and build back towards ‘normal’.