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United Way in Berrien County seeking donations, volunteers in COVID-19 response

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BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. – The United Way of Southwest Michigan is asking for help in the form of donations and volunteering which will benefit healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

United Way says that they need people who are willing to help out in different ways. They are asking for assistance with tasks such as:

  • Distributing food
  • Cleaning facilities
  • Doing laundry

United Way says that the volunteers would be designated to an “on call” status and they would be called anytime something is needed specifically.

You can sign up to volunteer via the United Way of Southwest Michigan’s website.

United Way is also seeking monetary and material donations that will go toward medical facilities and organizations who are serving at-risk populations.

The following medical supplies are need:

  • New and clean clothing
  • New, clean socks and underwear Scrubs
  • New or gently used PPE, such as N95 masks, surgical masks, isolation masks, handmade masks, face shields, goggles and safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Thermometers
  • Disposable medical gowns
  • Ponchos
  • New Cleaning Supplies
  • Bleach wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Food Items
  • Shelf stable snacks
  • Shelf stable microwaveable meals
  • New Hygiene Items (Travel Size/Disposable) Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine care products
  • Shaving cream
  • Razors

United Way emphasized that they are in desperate need of socks and underwear.

Donations can be delivered to 2015 Lakeview Avenue in St. Joseph, Michigan on Mondays from 3 to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

For financial donations, visit the website for Southwest Michigan Cares Fund.

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