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Ways to help: Our community response to COVID-19

As the Coronavirus Disease continues to spread, community organizations are actively working to assist those impacted by the disease.

In recent days, a community coalition comprised of the Greater Ottawa County United Way, The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation (GHACF), Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance, Community Spoke, The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area (CFHZ), and others has been monitoring ongoing developments surrounding Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). As our community prepares for an uncertain next few weeks and months, we know the steps we can take to reduce infection and prevent spread: wash your hands often, avoid/reduce close contact with others, & clean/disinfect your home frequently. 

 But what about the vulnerable populations in our community who will need ongoing care and support? Nonprofit agencies in Ottawa County will continue to serve seniors, provide access to food, and assist with basic needs. But they’ll face challenges as they balance their missions with the additional workload of managing the threat of COVID-19. This is a time of great need, and these organizations need our support.


How can you help?

Learn more about how you can help keep people fed, housed and healthy during this COVID-19 pandemic. Visit our coalition’s website at www.careottawacounty.com. Here, you’ll be connected to opportunities for you to make an impact – volunteering, donating goods or making a financial gift. The need is now so don’t hesitate to jump in and help out however you can.

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How is CFHZ helping?

CFHZ is remaining in close and constant communication with other members of the coalition and our nonprofit partners. Together, we’ve identified areas of greatest need over the coming weeks: access to food, services for seniors & ensuring short term income losses don’t compound into bigger financial challenges. We anticipate these needs may evolve or grow over the coming weeks, and we’re committed to being flexible and responsive.

CFHZ has dedicated up to $30,000 to provide emergency grants in the next month to support agencies providing vital services. The outbreak of COVID-19 creates both a logistical and financial strain on our local service providers, and it’s our duty to respond accordingly.

For any additional questions, please contact Mike Goorhouse at mgoorhouse@cfhz.org.



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