Your generosity will help our community respond, recover, and rebuild to be more equitable and resilient.
It's not getting any easier. Across the world, COVID-19 deaths continue to rise. In the U.S., the economic fallout continues to hit low-wage Americans the hardest, along with people of color and those lacking a college degree. One in 4 adults have had trouble paying bills, especially rent or mortgage payments. One in 6 have borrowed money from friends or gotten food from a food bank. Half the adults who lost a job due to COVID-19 are still unemployed. And 211, the go-to information resource in the U.S. and Canada, is still fielding more than double its normal calls, mostly for help with housing, bills and food. At the same time, community services are strained, unable to meet demand.
We’re doing all we can to mitigate immediate impact, but no one knows what's required to rebuild communities while additional waves of the virus hit. We must rebuild better, reimagining a "new normal" that results in more equitable and resilient communities.
It is in times of need that we discover the full impact of a community united.
Thank you to our partners who have come together from philanthropy, government, and business to support our community through the COVID-19 Crisis Fund.
Greenville Area Community Foundation
Tom & Chris Kohn
Greenville Youth Advisory Council
Kerschen Family Fund
Kimberly & Mark Peck
Ionia Community Foundation
Michigan One Credit Union
Jay & Liz McClellan
Greenville Lions Club
Delta Dental Foundation
Thomas and Cathy Cornell
Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors
Caswell & Co.
Faith & Kim Peterson
Donald & Deanna Veitengruber
Citizens for Montcalm Libraries
Roger and Cheryl Thelen
David and Mary Malicki
Donald and Bertha Smucker
Steven and Susan Fish
Saranac Community Schools
Leppinks Food Center
Greenville Area Schools
Belding Area Schools
Central Montcalm Schools
Saranac Community Church
Zion Community Food Pantry
First Church of God
Feeding America Food Truck schedule for Montcalm and Ionia counties.
This schedule only includes trucks organized through United Way Montcalm-Ionia Counties. If you would like to see a complete list of food pantries and food distribution through Feeding America please click here. Check back regularly as more trucks are added!
Food usually runs out with 45-50 minutes of start time so please make sure to arrive on time. You will stay in your car throughout the process.
- Thursday, October 22nd at 4:30pm at Montcalm Community College
Thank you to our partner organizations that are helping to schedule and organize these food trucks:
- First Church of God
- Helping Hands
- Endeavor Center
- Barrie's House
- First Congregational Church
- Zion Community Food Pantry
- Shiloh Community Church
- Saranac Community Church
- Montcalm ISD
- Ionia ISD
- Feeding America West Michigan
If you need assistance finding food, paying household bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, dial United Way’s 2-1-1 to speak to someone who can help.
The COVID-19 situation in the United States is evolving rapidly as more becomes known about the virus, how it is spread, and how it affects people. For the most accurate and timely information, visit the CDC’s website or monitor CDC social medial channels. This page is being kept up-to-date as regularly as possible with answers to the most common questions 211 receives.
If you are looking for guidance about how to conduct business as a school administrator, non-profit or faith-based organization staff member, business owner, or event planner, the CDC has provided detailed information for different sectors.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.
Health Insurance and Medical Expenses
If you have health insurance, visit the website for your provider or contact their customer support line with any questions about coverage for COVID-19 testing and treatment. Many healthcare insurers are also making telemedicine available to customers for low or no cost.
If you do not have health insurance, you may be eligible for benefits through your state. Visit this website to explore options based on your household income, children in the home, and state.
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, and shortness of breath) and are concerned that you cannot afford to seek treament or a test, contact your medical provider or the nearest Urgent Care facility to seek guidance. Free testing for COVID-19 is becoming available in many places, but medical care may still incur a charge. Be sure to ask questions about cost if you seek medical care or treatment.
Home Internet Access
If you do not have internet access at home, or cannot afford to maintain it, but need internet for work or school, there are several options available through providers:
- Comcast Internet Essentials, a low-cost home internet package for qualifying individuals and households, is now available for free for the first two months.
- Access from AT&T is a low-cost home internet package for qualifying individuals and households (no special for COVID-19 but still available at low-cost)
- Michigan Home Internet Options for the Economically Disadvantaged
Additionally, many internet providers have announced that they are waiving late payment fees, increasing caps on internet speeds, and will not disconnect customers for not paying monthly bills on time. If you have questions or concerns about your internet connection, contact your provider or visit their website for more information.
Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans for Small Businesses
SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business. To learn more about the process for accessing SBA's COVID-19 disaster relief lending, please go here. For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY:1-800-877-8339) or e-mail email@example.com
Michigan Economic Development Corporation resources for small businesses can be found here.
US Chamber of Commerce: Coronavirus Emergency Loans Guide and Checklist for Small Businesses and Nonprofits and live Q&A on Friday, April 3, at 2 p.m. ET on Zoom More information and register here
We are constantly working to help nonprofits to meet the needs of the community. Please fill out the survey on a regular basis so we can ensure needs are being met.
Michigan Nonprofit Association resources for nonprofits during COVID-19: https://www.mnaonline.org/
Independent Sector: CARES Act Summary for Nonprofits
The U.S. Department of Labor issued guidance for state unemploymnet insurance programs to extend benefits to individuals whose employment status is impacted by COVID-19. Use this tool to find the agency that manages unemployment insurance in your state and visit their website for more information about eligibility and how to apply for benefits. West Michigan Works! can be reached at:
Greenville office: 616-754-3611
Ionia office: 616-389-8525
Please note the website has been crashing frequently and to be expected, long wait times for the unemployment hotline. The website is being kept updated with several resources. www.westmiworks.org Here is a guide to claiming unemployment benefits in Michigan.
Employee and employer resources from the State of Michigan can be found here.
Seattle Times: FAQ on “Recovery Rebates” and Unemployment Insurance Changes
Mental Health and Crisis
The outbreak of coronovirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about the disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Visit this CDC page to learn more about things you can do to support yourself and your loved ones. If you need to talk to someone, these resources are confidential and available for free 24/7:
- Call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
- Text HOME to 741-741 for Crisis Text Line.
- Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66-746 for the Disaster Distress Hotline.
- Call 1-866-488-7386, test START to 678-678 or click here to chat with The Trevor Project (for LGBTQ youth).
- Call 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22-522 to connect with The National Domestic Violence Hotline.
- Available Virtual Recovery Resources
Child and Educational Resources
Click here to access your free trial of Noggin Cares.
MDHHS has created a Communicating with Children During the COVID-19 Outbreak toolkit.
MSU Extension has an entire page dedicated to remote learning and resources.
- CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- State of Michigan: https://www.michigan.gov/
- Ready: https://www.ready.gov/
- Ionia ISD for a list of Ionia County schools for resources: http://www.ioniaisd.org/covid19help/fbclid=IwAR3VLmXUUb2qw2df2C1nZ9CJfrzrQ5hQsFNqeJqNLfbyv6mqemRbMk7Xh_E
- Montcalm ISD for a list of Montcalm County schools for resources: https://www.maisd.com/about/school-closing-information-and-resources/
- National Women’s Law Center: COVID-19 “Recovery Rebates” Fact Sheet
- Washington Post: “Recovery Rebates” aka stimulus cash support payments calculator and FAQ
- Resources to support people experiencing homelessness
- For those who are having a hard time finding hand sanitizer and or clean up wipes with bleach the below information provides ways to make your own sanitizing solution. Add lemon juice for a better smell. I added the solution to a pack of baby wipes for easier use.
- Bleach hand sanitizer
- 1/3 cup of household bleach to 1 gallon of water or,
- 1 cup of household bleach to 5 gallons of water.
There is a new webpage on the Michigan Coronavirus page that shows the economic regions and what is and what is not allowed to take place. You can access the page here: https://www.michigan.gov/
All media questions and requests should be directed to Terri Legg, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Videos on the Food Trucks
DW Video has created Reaching Out to Help Community - People Stepping Up and Howard City and Sand Lake are Stepping Up to Help Families about the work being done in the communities during COVID-19.
A time to give is now
By Brandon Shreur, The Daily News on May 5, 2020
Stanton-based churches partner with United Way and Feeding America for food distribution
By Brandon Shreur, The Daily News on May 4, 2020
United Way and DTE partner to raise funds for Feeding America food trucks
By Brandon Shreur, The Daily News on April 14, 2020
Increase in Mobile Food Bank Events Provides Relief in Wake of COVID-19
By Cory Smith, The Daily News on March 20, 2020