United Way To Aid Local Residents Amid Government Shutdown

As the longest government shutdown in history stretches on, United Way of Southwest Michigan

(UWSM) has formulated a plan to help local residents impacted.

UWSM has launched the Emergency Relief Fund to assist federal employees in Berrien, Cass and

Van Buren counties who may be impacted by the ongoing government shutdown. The fund is

addressing vital needs, such as food, utility assistance, rent, mortgage payments and other basic

needs. The Fund will make it possible for generous individuals and others who want to help.

To contribute to the Fund, visit www.uwsm.org/emergency-relief-fund or text UWSMrelief to

51555. Check payments are accepted as well and can be made out to “United Way of Southwest

Michigan,” referencing “Emergency Relief Fund” in the memo. Checks can be dropped off or

mailed to United Way at 2015 Lakeview Avenue, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

100% of all funds received will directly benefit those impacted.

Anna Murphy, President of UWSM says: “UWSM values the contributions of all federal workers

in our communities who have supported their neighbors through their work and their

philanthropy over the years. UWSM is committed to standing by federal workers impacted by

the government shutdown in their time of need.”

In addition to the Fund, First Church of God in St. Joseph, Cass District Library in Cassopolis, and

the Van Buren County United Way in Paw Paw, are collecting gift cards for federal workers.

Meijer, Walmart and/or gasoline gift cards are preferred.

Drop-off locations:

First Church of God is located at: 2627 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, MI 49085 (Mon. – Thurs. 8:30am –

4:30pm)

Cass District Library is located at: 319 M-62, Cassopolis, MI 49031 (Mon. – Thurs. 9:00am –

8:00pm; Fri. 9:00am – 6:00pm; Sat. 9:00am – 3:00pm)

Van Buren County United Way is located at: 181 W. Michigan Ave., #4,

Paw Paw, MI 49079 (Mon. – Fri. 8:45am – 4:00pm)

If you are a federal worker impacted by the shutdown, please visit

www.uwsm.org/emergency-relief-fund for information on how you can receive services.

2-1-1

United Way is encouraging federal employees in need of social services to contact 2-1-1 for help.

2-1-1 (or 844-875-9211) is a free and confidential service that helps people find the local

resources they need. For a list of resources in southwest Michigan, please visit www.mi211.org

or text your zip code to 898-211 to hear from a specialist.

All federal workers impacted by the shutdown and looking for services can visit

www.uwsm.org/emergency-relief-fund.

ABOUT UNITED WAY

United Way of Southwest Michigan fights for the Health, Education and Financial Stability of

every person throughout our community. We have the influence and relationships to make

sustainable change a reality. By harnessing resources from corporate, nonprofit and public

partners, we provide immediate assistance to our most vulnerable populations while addressing

the root causes of our community's longstanding challenges and changing lives for the better. To

join the fight—through giving, advocacy and volunteering—visit www.uwsm.org.

Contact: Jennifer Tomshack

Marketing & Communications Manager

Jennifer.tomshack@uwsm.org

269-983-3006

Ryan CheeversComment