How You Can Help Your Community

Information regarding this outbreak is changing rapidly. Check back frequently for updates.

We have received countless offers from community members, partners, and stakeholders asking how to support those who may be impacted by COVID-19. Please check back regularly as we continue to add new ways to help your community during this time.

Kent County Health Department

Contact Tracing Volunteers Needed

We are currently seeking contact tracing volunteers to work with our staff. Contact tracing is an important part of mitigating the community spread of the virus and in supporting patients with a suspected or confirmed infection. In contact tracing, our staff and trained volunteers work with each patient to help them recall everyone they have had close contact with during the time-frame they may have been infectious. Public health staff or volunteers then notify the exposed individuals (contacts) of their potential exposure as rapidly and sensitively as possible. .

Contact Tracing in the Workplace

Kisds’ Food Basket

Kids’ Food Basket is continuing to provide evening meals and other nutritional services, through several distribution locations as long as it is safe to do so. If you are healthy and able, volunteers are needed. Also, please consider donating to its emergency funds which will go toward nourishing local children.

Meals on Wheels

COVID-19 poses its greatest threat to vulnerable seniors, and Meals on Wheels Western Michigan is on the front lines, keeping older Americans safe and nourished. Meals on Wheels serves 3,000 meals per day and, with more seniors likely to become homebound, there will be an increase need for meals. Help provide meals to one of our most vulnerable populations by financially donating or volunteering.

Heart of West Michigan United Way

Heart of West Michigan United Way, in partnership with local foundations and funders, has established a Kent County Coronavirus Response Fund for people to donate to help meet immediate needs in the community related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will support the nonprofits who are serving vulnerable populations during this time. United Way will match up to $50,000 in donations.

Please email if your community organization is in need of assistance.

If you have volunteer or supply needs that have developed as a result of the COVID-19 spread, you can post them to United Way's Volunteer Center webpage so that area volunteers and contributors can sign up to help.