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A new program could help some small businesses in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek get through the coronavirus pandemic.

United Way of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo

Efforts continue to help families in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek that are strugglig during the coronavirus pandemic. They include the regional United Way's Disaster Relief Fund.

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Officials with the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region say they want to be seen as more than a fund raising organization. They want to be a leader in creating programs that have an impact.

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The Chief Operating Officer of the United Way for the Greater Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region says a public-private partnership is a long-term effort to improve education. Chris Sargent says United4Change will require constant evaluation, making changes to the program and employing best practices. 

Officials with the Michigan Association of United Ways say 40 percent of the state’s households are having a hard time affording basic needs, even though they are employed. (WDET)