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Collaborating for Community Impact: BCCF and Branch County United Way Join Forces for Emergency Relief Funding

Updated: May 16

In the aftermath of the recent tornadoes that have impacted our community, the Branch County Community Foundation and Branch County United Way are proud to announce a collaborative effort to increase emergency assistance for community members in need.

The days following the tornadoes have highlighted the incredible resilience and compassion of our community. Community members are stepping up to provide critical aid and support to those affected, bringing grassroots relief. The Branch County Community Foundation and the Branch County United Way are immensely grateful for the dedication and hard work of those who have been assisting and whose efforts have made a tangible difference in the lives of individuals and families during this challenging time.

With the Emergency Relief Fund at the Branch County Community Foundation, we will work with the Branch County United Way to identify assistance needed for those in Sherwood who have been affected by tornadoes.  We thank Consumers Energy Foundation for their $5,000 gift to the Emergency Relief Fund.

As we look into the future, our organizations are committed to working together to enhance further the availability of assistance and resources for community members in need. By leveraging our collective strengths and resources, we aim to expand the reach and impact of our emergency assistance fund, ensuring that no one in our community is left without support in these times of crisis.

“We are deeply grateful for the invaluable work of those who have been providing immediate assistance to our community in the aftermath of the tornadoes,” said Erica Heminger of the Branch County Community Foundation. “Their dedication and selfless efforts have been instrumental in helping our community begin the recovery process”.

“We are honored to collaborate with the community as we come together to increase available assistance and support for those affected by the tornadoes” said Kevin Sheppard with the Branch County United Way. “Through this partnership, we are committed to building a stronger, more resilient community.”

Community members in need of assistance are encouraged to contact the Branch County United Way or Donna Claar at 269-317-7723. We all stand together in our commitment to providing aid and comfort to those affected by the recent disaster.

If you would like to donate to the Emergency Relief Fund, please visit or click the "Donate Now" button below to do so online. Alternatively, donations can be sent or dropped off at the BCCF office at 2 W Chicago Suite E1 in Downtown Coldwater.


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