With the tragic storm that we faced here in Southwest Michigan on Tuesday, May 7, many people have had the unfortunate task of having to deal with tremendous amounts of loss and damage to not only their personal but professional property.

We want to do our part to help the community and make, it aware of what is needed where it is needed, and any help to get the word out about fundraisers or collection drives for those who have been displaced. Below you can submit information and underneath all the different places and ways you can help during these difficult times.

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Those interested in volunteering can sign up for the Michigan Volunteer Registry at https://mivolunteerregistry.org.

Disaster Relief Fund at https://unitedforscmi.org/disaster-relief-fund/

Community Urgent Relief Fund at https://www.kalfound.org/grants/community-urgent-relief-fund]


Portage Public Safety- If Portage residents need assistance with sheltering or other human service needs, please call 2-1-1. Residents with questions about city services (brush pickup/clean-up assistance) may call (269) 329-4444. Do not call 9-1-1 unless you have a medical, police, or fire emergency.

Churches Lending Services

First Assembly of God (5500 Oakland Dr.) will remain open as a shelter.
CornerStone Church (Oakland Dr & Romence)- Church is open for frontline workers, service workers & first responders for rest, food & comfort.

Businesses Offering Help

U-Haul Company of Central Michigan is offering 30 days of free self-storage and U-Box container storage to residents in and around Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, Branch, and Cass counties impacted by this week’s destructive tornadoes.

Vicksburg Chrysler will pay up to half the sales tax on vehicles purchased by those who were impacted by the tornado.

One Well Brewing- Knowing there are many without power and internet, we’d like to offer up our space starting at 9 am. We won’t have staff available for service till our usual opening at 3 pm, but we’d like to offer our space, power, and internet for anyone who needs it. Because we’re currently having our parking lot paved, we ask parking takes place in the rear parking lot or on either side street. Entrance in our usual front locations.

Michelle's-Portage- Michelle’s on Romence Rd. does have power and we will be open at 6:45 am Wednesday morning for anyone that needs a place to go - eat, charge their phone or just to sit and regroup.

Apex Outdoor Solutions LLC- We are available for storm clean-up! Call us in the office at 269-350-5598 or shoot me a text at (269) 254-2027 if it's an emergency!

East Egg Campus- Complimentary coffee will be provided to all patrons. We acknowledge that numerous friends in Portage will require a refuge, and we believe it is essential to provide crews with an opportunity for clean-up.

People In Need of Help

Pavilion Estates is now asking everyone to drop off donations at their other property, Royal Estates
Royal Estates
8300 Ravine Road
Carmen -269-349-5350
Current needs (5/9) include:
Home Needs
-Clothing Racks
-Men’s Underwear [various sizes]
-Paper Towels
-C&D Batteries
Rebuilding/Recovery Needs
-Rubber Sealant
-Flex Seal Tubes
Hygiene Products
-Children’s shampoo and bodywash
-Body Wipes and/or Flushable Wipes
-Dry Shampoo
-Feminine Hygiene Products
The contact for donations is Lori Richards, Community Manager at Pavilion Estates.
Her contact information is: 734-589-9377, 269-344-6186, and LoRichards@yescommunities.com

Pizza Hut In Portage- Our Team is working diligently to ensure all of our team members have work available at our other area Pizza Hut locations. We want to ensure that no one suffers a personal financial loss because of this catastrophe. We are not the building owner, so that piece is out of our hands, but we intend to rebuild at that location and re-open as soon as possible. We are evaluating if it is possible to deliver to Portage from our adjacent restaurants. It’s too early to know that at this moment.

Needs & Assistance From May 7th Tornado in SouthWest Michigan

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