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Ottawa County nonprofits 'rally' to respond to coronavirus

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Posted at 5:35 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 23:56:01-04

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. — A group of nonprofits have launched a new website to connect Ottawa County residents with ways to help during the coronavirus outbreak.

"During this time, we also have an impulse to help our neighbors," the group said today.

The website, careOttawaCounty.com, shows people how they can volunteer, donate goods, give financially -- or get help.

"There are vulnerable populations in our community who will need ongoing care and support, and as COVID-19 spreads these individuals will face increased barriers in accessing vital services," the group said.

Nonprofits working to feed, house and care for people "face challenges as they balance their missions with the additional workload of managing the threat of COVID-19."

There is also a gap in volunteers as older volunteers are "being advised to remain at home."

The group said new volunteers are needed to help fill the gap and "avoid any interruptions" in services.

The website was developed by a "community coalition": the Greater Ottawa County United Way; The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation; Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance; Community Spoke; and The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area.