What You Can Do To Help

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This is a critical time for individuals who are struggling, and there are many opportunities for you or your business to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Explore the ways you can help below.

Helping Your Community

Volunteer and Donation Opportunities

You can make a difference to fight and slow the spread of COVID-19. All Michiganders can volunteer their compassion and commitment to fighting this virus, and saving health and lives. Your time, talent and donations will have an impact now.

How to Donate Blood

Blood centers across the U.S. are seeing inventory levels down an estimated 30% to 40% compared with the same time last year. Blood donation counts as an essential activity, like grocery shopping, and is a concrete way to support your community. If your city or state has issued a shelter-in-place order, you can still donate blood if you are healthy and feeling well. Make an appointment to donate by visiting one of the websites below. Enter your ZIP Code in the blood-center locaters to find the location nearest to you:

Support the Service Industry

BEYOND Juicery + Eatery and BMG Media Provide Detroit Food Updates

BEYOND and BMG Media partnered to bring Metro Detroit residents a list dedicated to which Metro Detroit eateries are offering carry out and/or delivery during the COVID-19 epidemic. See the list.

Go Tip Em

Support your favorite local, or random, bartender by sharing a drink photo and sending them a tip. #GoTipEm 

One Fair Wage

Restaurant workers, gig workers and other hourly workers are facing unprecedented economic hardship from the coronavirus crisis. It’s our turn to serve them.

Food Access

Focus: HOPE

Focus: HOPE is in need of donations and volunteer support to help continue meeting the needs of those they serve during this time of great uncertainty for so many. You can donate on their website or reach out to stephanie.maurice@focushope.edu if you have any questions or want to know more about how to help.

Food Bank Council of Michigan, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

The Food Bank Council of Michigan created Quarantine Food Boxes specifically for older adults who are unable to access existing food distribution sites. The food supplies provide 10 days, or 22 adults meals, in nutritionally balanced, protein-rich, shelf-stable quarantine food boxes. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services created an intake form for seniors in need of meal delivery or a daily check-in call.

To donate to the Quarantine Food Box program as well as support COVID-19 efforts by each of Michigan’s seven food banks, visit www.MichiganFoodDrive.com.

Forgotten Harvest

Forgotten Harvest is dedicated to relieving hunger in metro Detroit and preventing nutritious food waste. By donating to Forgotten Harvest today, you can help feed the hungry in metro Detroit

Gleaners: Join the Powered by Food Initiative

Each day, Gleaners’ challenge is to make sure kids in our neighborhoods are powered by the food they need to learn and grow. When they are out of school, our role is ever more important. Make a donation to help Gleaners collect food. Do you want to host a food drive but worry about where you will put all the cans? Create a Virtual Food Drive with Gleaners.

Macomb County Food Program

Feeding the hungry since 1975, the Macomb Food Program provides immediate relief to those in need of food through a network of more than 50 pantries and hunger relief organizations. The Macomb Food Program supplies food at no cost to ensure pantry shelves are stocked and operates as a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization.

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