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State and Local Organizations Collaborating to Help Southwest Michigan Residents Recover from Flood Disaster

A Long-Term Recovery Group has been formed to provide recovery services to residents and families affected by the flooding in Southwest Michigan.

United Way of Southwest Michigan is hosting bi-monthly meetings with many state and local organizations focused on uniting resources with community needs in order to ensure that everyone impacted recovers from this disaster. 

“There are many families still displaced from their homes.  Some have homes that can’t be repaired.  These families are having to live with other family members or stay in hotels.  The organizations from this recovery group are fighting for those people who need our help.  We want to see everyone recover from this disaster,” states Anna Murphy, United Way of Southwest Michigan President.

This collaborative effort includes the following organizations: Berrien Community Foundation, United Way of Southwest Michigan, The American Red Cross of Southwest Michigan, The Salvation Army, Niles Corps, City of Niles, Michigan State Police Office of Emergency Management, Berrien County Office of Emergency Management, Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency, Emergency Shelter Services, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), 1st Presbyterian Church (Niles), Neighbor to Neighbor, Berrien County Community Development and Andrews University. 

These organizations represent various functions of the recovery effort from funding, case management, volunteer coordination, construction coordination, community communications to emotional and spiritual care. A big first step for this group is bringing on a Disaster Case Manager that can coordinate necessary services and resources to address the needs of those still impacted.  

If you are someone still in need of recovery assistance, please contact Jan Radde, Project Coordinator of Impact at United Way of Southwest Michigan: janet.radde@uwsm.org or 269-982-4029.

On behalf of the Long-Term Recovery Group, we’d like to express our thanks to all of the volunteers and donors who have helped out so much this spring.  The money raised, items collected, and the volunteers mobilized have made a big impact in Southwest Michigan
— Anna Murphy, President, United Way of Southwest Michigan

There are 3 options available when it comes to supporting families affected by the recent floods in Southwest Michigan.  Each option can be accessed by clicking on the buttons below.

  1. DONATE ITEMS: United Way of Southwest Michigan has created this community landing page where individuals can inform organizations of what items they have available to donate. This solution will streamline referrals for getting donated items out to people who need it most. For individuals looking for items due to flood damage, please call 2-1-1 to be referred to the correct agency that has access to the item database.
  2. VOLUNTEER: Interested parties can view volunteer opportunities related to the flooding. For organizations coordinating volunteers to help flood victims, please contact Julee Laurent, Volunteer Engagement Manager at United Way at julee.laurent@uwsm.org. Thank you to the 500 volunteers who came out this past weekend to help our neighbors in Berrien Springs and Niles. The next round of volunteer opportunities will be posted next week.

  3. DONATE FUNDS: To help address the problems of the widespread flooding, United Way of Southwest Michigan and the Berrien Community Foundation have partnered to establish a Disaster Relief Fund to help with the recovery needs of families impacted.  100% of all funds will go directly to disaster relief assistance.