The United Way of the Lakeshore, Oceana County, is uniting to inspire change and build a thriving Oceana County community. They will be kicking off their 2021-2022 Giving Campaign with a special “Month of Caring,” of events to help Oceana Families have access to healthy and nutritious food.

The September “Month of Caring” to Feed Oceana Families began on Saturday evening with the Double JJ Resort’s 2nd Annual Wally Wojack Memorial Rodeo. Through the generosity of the Double JJ Resort, the Oceana United Way of the Lakeshore was invited to collect bags of groceries and parking fees that will help support the Oceana Food Pantries and Urgent Needs Fund. Thank you to all those who contributed!

• September Food Truck Events

On Saturday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m., volunteers from Shelby State Bank and Gales Agency will gather to provide a day of community service, to distribute 10,000 lbs. of food from their sponsored Feeding America of West Michigan Food Truck. The event will begin at 2 p.m. at the Shelby State Bank Parking Lot, located at 242 N. Michigan Ave., in Shelby.

On Friday, Sept. 24, at 4 p.m., volunteers from the Disability Network of West Michigan will host a second Feeding America of West Michigan Food Truck, carrying 10,000 lbs. of food, at the Coldwell Banker Building Parking Lot, located at 907 S. State St., in Hart, beginning at 4 p.m.

• Oceana County United Way of the Lakeshore 2020-2021 Campaign

Congratulations to our Oceana County School Districts for being our Campaign Pacesetters and running their Workplace Giving Campaign in August at their Teacher Inservice Day! Please consider joining our Oceana United Way Caring Community and contribute to over 20 local programs and services, such as the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and the 211 Help Line, to help meet the basic health, education and financial stability needs of our Oceana families. Local businesses can run a “Workplace Campaign”; make a private or corporate donation or become one of our “Hometown Heroes” by pledging a dollar a day for a year!

Please contact Barbara Sims at barbara@unitedwaylakeshore.org to learn more about programs supported in the Oceana community or make a secure donation online at: www.GiveOceana.org.