United Way offers relief funding to Van Buren, Cass, Berrien county federal employees

    United Way of Southwest Michigan (UWSM) has formulated a plan to help local residents impacted by the government shutdown.
    Last Friday, President Trump signed a bill to reopen government for three weeks.
    UWSM has launched the Emergency Relief Fund to assist federal employees in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties who may be impacted by the 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.
    UWSM guarantees 100 percent of all funds received will directly benefit those impacted.
    Anna Murphy, UWSM president, said, “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, 2627 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, (Mon. through  Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
    Cass District Library, 319 M-62, Cassopolis, (Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
    Van Buren County United Way, 181 W. Michigan Ave., #4, Paw Paw, (Monday  through Friday, 8:45 a.m.to 4 p.m.)
    Area federal workers impacted by the shutdown are asked to   visit: www.uwsm.org/emergency-relief-fund for information on how to receive services.
    2-1-1 United Way encourages  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, 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 may visit: www.uwsm.org/emergency-relief-fund.
  

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