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Published 4/8/2020

Raise Up Shiawassee Fund Established to Support Residents In Need

Numerous Organizations Partner for Community
“None of us alone are as strong as all of us together”



Even though we are staying apart, we can come together to help our neighbors most in need. All of us have found our lives disrupted by the COVID-19 pandempic; however, some members of our community are facing serious challenges because of the health, economic, and social trauma resulting from this crisis.

People have lost their jobs, are disconnected from support groups, and are having difficulty meeting their basic needs. A fund to meet essential needs of Shiawassee County residents has been established under the banner of “Raise Up Shiawassee.”

This effort is an outgrowth of past collaborations between United Way of Genesee County, serving Shiawassee County, the Shiawassee Community Foundation, the Cook Family Foundation, and a number of local businesses, community nonprofits, and committed volunteers.

The Cook Family Foundation, Consumer’s Energy, DTE Foundation, Meijer Foundation and Cargill have made contributions to the Fund to help meet critical needs and fill resource gaps.
The Fund is administered by Shiawassee County Emergency Operations Center and a local committee is making timely decisions to address essential needs related to health, food, shelter and safety during COVID-19. Donations can be  made online at All dollars raised are used to meet needs in Shiawassee County and the United Way is charging no fees to administer the fund. 

“None of us alone are as strong as all of us together,” said Tom Cook,  Executive Director of the Cook Family Foundation. “I hope that all those who are able can make a donation to help those who are in need of help during this crisis.” 

If you need assistance because of coronavirus-related distruptions, call the Community Needs Hotline at 989-743-2460, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4 pm.



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