Volunteer / Donate

Organizations in Berrien County are putting the call out for residents to volunteer for or donate towards the COVID-19 response efforts. 

The United Way of Southwest Michigan is looking for volunteers who are willing and able to help in a variety ways during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Volunteers may be needed to help with tasks such as food distribution, cleaning, laundry, and more. At this time, volunteers would be "on-call", meaning that they will only be contacted if a specific need arises. Details regarding dates, locations, etc. are not available at this time but will be shared if and when the need arises. Volunteers who are willing to sign up to be “on call” to help can sign up through the United Way website

Donations are also solicited from residents who can contribute supplies, materials, or funds to the organizations fighting the virus. Donations received through the UWSM will benefit organizations and facilities that serve vulnerable/at-risk populations who are unable to source supplies on their own, and are still serving people in-person with the possibility of close physical contact. 

Donations can be dropped off at the United Way of Southwest Michigan office:

  • 2015 Lakeview Avenue in St. Joseph, Michigan
  • Mondays from 3:00PM-5:00PM & Fridays from 10:00AM-12:00PM. 

Or drop off donations at the Berrien County Health Department Offices in Benton Harbor during business hours Monday-Friday. 


What we Need

New PPE/Medical Supplies 

  • N95/Surgical Masksdiy_mask
  • Handmade masks 
  • Face shields 
  • Goggles/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