The recent flood has hit our community very hard. We have been humbled by those who have been reaching out and asking how they can help during this difficult time. United Way of Midland County has been working closely with the American Red Cross, Midland Area Community Foundation, the local Emergency Manager and many other gracious community organizations to assess the community’s needs and our next steps moving forward.
Since information about recovery and volunteer efforts are changing by the minute, we’ve created this page to serve as a central hub for the latest news and volunteer opportunities. We’ll be updating this page as new information becomes available, and we will provide updates on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Please feel free to share and help us get this information out to the community.
ReStore Gift Certificate Flood Help
St. John’s Episcopal Church has announced that Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Emergency Relief Program approved a $10,000 grant to help Midlanders replace lost furnishings and/or make minor home repairs related to the recent flooding. St. John’s Diocesan Council approved an additional $5,000 to further the reach. St. John’s applied for the grant, proposing a partnership with Midland County’s Habitat for Humanity, in which *gift certificates will be distributed through St. John’s parish office and redeemed at ReStore, Habitat for Humanity’s non-profit retail outlet specializing in resale of new and previously owned building materials, home furnishings and appliances, well discounted off comparable retail prices.
Distribution will begin on Tuesday, July 18 at noon.
For more information, contact St. John’s Episcopal Church, 405 N. Saginaw Rd. at 989.631.2260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*A note to those requesting gift certificates: You will be required to provide name, address and phone to receive the certificate and advised to report your flood damage. Certificate is valid through December 31, 2017 and has a value of $150, redeemable only at the Midland ReStore, 1703 S. Saginaw Rd., Midland, MI.
**Limit of one certificate per household. 100 certificates will be distributed on first-come, first serve basis to those coming in person to our parish office. We will not accept calls or emails to hold certificates.
For flood victims without hot water heaters or access to showers, the following locations are offering free shower usage.
Midland Community Center
2205 S Jefferson Ave, Midland, MI 48640
North Midland Family Center
2601 E Shearer Rd, Midland, MI 48642
West Midland Family Center
4011 W Isabella Rd, Shepherd, MI 48883
Midland Tennis Center
900 E Wackerly St, Midland, MI 48642
Hidden Harvest Food Distribution Report
Hidden Harvest has released a report detailing their flood relief food distribution efforts. Thanks to the Midland Area Community Foundation and United Way of Midland County’s Disaster Relief Fund, Hidden Harvest was able to distribute over 65,983 pounds of food valued at $190,692. These donations included fresh produce, bottled water, juice, bread, meat, household items and more. A total of 751 families and 2555 individuals were served. For more information, please view the graphic below.
Clean Up Kits & Health Kits
The UMCOR – United Methodist Committee On Relief donated and delivered 500 clean up kits and 500 health kits in partnership with Midwest Distribution Center. The items came to the Midland Flood relief all the way from Chatham Illinois!
These kits are available while supplies last at the multi-agency relief center at the Midland County ESA building, located at 3917 Jefferson Avenue. The current scheduled hours of operation are Friday July 7th 10am to 7pm and Saturday, July 8th 10am to 2pm.
Donations for Flood Victims
In-kind donations for flood victims such as clothing, mattresses, and furniture should be dropped off at the Salvation Army Store located at 825 Saginaw Rd. They are open 9 AM till 9 PM on weekdays and closed on Sunday.
Major appliances are being accepted at Pivot Point Store at 308 East Lyons Street, their office is open 9AM till 5PM Monday through Friday (Phone: (989) 244-8888). They will pick up, clean, test and re-sale at special pricing in partnership with the Salvation Army.
Those needing help with cleanup please call 211
Disaster Relief Fund
The Midland Area Community Foundation (MACF) and United Way of Midland County have jointly established a Disaster Relief Fund, just days after Midland experienced its worst flooding in decades. Up to $75,000 has been approved by foundation trustees, and community members are being asked to donate to the fund at www.midlandfoundation.org.
A multi-agency relief center is being established at the Midland County ESA building, located at 3917 Jefferson Avenue. The American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Department of Health & Human Services and others will be on hand to provide assistance.
Gift cards and other assistance will be available to affected households at the ESA building on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am–7pm, and Saturday from 10am – 2pm, with plans to reopen on Wednesday, July 5th. Food distribution trucks provided by Hidden Harvest will be available at ESA on Wednesday at 10am, as well as West Midland Family Center at 2pm.
100% of donations to the Disaster Relief Fund will go toward those impacted, under the direction of the Midland County Office for Emergency Management. To qualify, residents must first report flood damage through the Midland 911 website, found here: http://bit.ly/2sUacOC
At this time there are no scheduled food distributions, please call 2-1-1 for resources available near you.