I just wanted to pass on something quick. Dave Elam (Grand Rapids Premises Technician) just called me from a customer’s house whose water heater had just broken down. Dave helped them to get it shut off. They are an elderly couple, on a fixed income and were very upset. Dave called his Local to see what could be done to help. I called our friend Dan at the United Way and he got them a number where they should be able to get help if they qualify financially; if they don’t qualify financially, they will get a referral where they can at least get some sort of payment plan.
I just wanted to share the info with you, I thanked Dave for calling here and I was able to get right back to him with the number to give to the couple. I really love the fact that he called his union to look for help and the fact that, because we have a long-standing relationship with Dan and the United Way, we were able to pitch in with some help. My pledge is going UP!!!!!
Thank you Dave and Dan, and all of our members who take that extra step to lend a hand in the many communities in which we work and live. Read on below to find an excellent community resource for those in need of a little help.
Shelly Lubbinge, Office Manager
CWA Local 4034
Need Help? Know Someone Who Needs Help?
Just dial 2-1-1 (or click here)
Heart of West Michigan United Way 2-1-1 is a free health and human service hotline that connects callers to more than 2,900 distinct services in Kent County. 2-1-1’s extensively trained and certified staff members offer help to people in need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Dial 2-1-1 from a landline phone or call us long distance/toll-free at 1 (800) 887-1107.
Thousands of Services, One Call
United Way’s 2-1-1:
- Offers connections to food, housing, utilities, health care and many more services.
- Is free of charge to all Kent County residents.
- Defines the community’s greatest needs and works with other nonprofits to fill gaps in services.
My hat is off to David. He has a big heart!