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.


Pay it Forward: Power a Business & Feed the Homeless

Michigan restaurants lost $491M in sales and 72,000 jobs due to coronavirus, forcing many local restaurants to close their doors. This campaign’s goal is to support minority-owned businesses from across the city to provide catered dinners for around 100 residents. By paying your meal forward you’re buying NSO’s homeless population a much-needed, top-notch meal, and helping some of Detroit’s favorite restaurants stay open and pay staff. Learn more.

Michigan Resources

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. Read more.

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.

Michigan Medical Volunteers

The State of Michigan is especially calling on health care professionals who can volunteer their expertise. 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. Visit often as additional opportunities will continue to be added as needs are identified.

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.

Helping Your Community

Help Me Hank: Resources During COVID-19 Outbreak

Channel 4 developed a comprehensive list of organizations, businesses, companies, and nonprofits that are helping their community by slashing prices on food, preparing meals for kids not in school, designating shopping times for seniors and more. Read full list.

  • If your business would like to be included, please email the WDIV team at HelpMeHank@wdiv.com

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.

Cantoro Trattoria GoFundMe

Cantoro created a GoFundMe fund for the restaurant staff at Cantoro Trattoria in Plymouth, MI. Due to the closing of all restaurants in Michigan, they were forced to lay off their entire staff, nearly 50 employees. The proceeds will be divided up among the employees and used to help see them through these difficult, uncertain times. Learn more and donate.

Eater Detroit’s Guide to Supporting the Local Service Industry

Eater Detroit rounded up a list of GoFundMe campaigns, virtual tip jars, pay-it-forward campaigns, and other fundraisers for restaurant and bar staff who need support during the COVID-19 crisis.

Go Tip Em

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

Service Industry Now Taking Virtual Tips; Support Local Detroit Restaurants

ServiceIndustry.tips was created to help those in the service industry, including bartenders, caterers, hotel cleaning staff and more, who have been severely impacted by social distancing and quarantine. Every time you have a drink at home during social distancing, consider tipping a local service industry worker through Venmo or Cash App. Learn more.

If you are a service industry worker impacted by this in or near Detroit, please fill out this form.

Read more tips on safely supporting local restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Medical Equipment Donations

Ascension Southeast Michigan Hospitals

Ascension Hospitals are accepting donations at their Corporate Services Building drive-through donation site. The donation box is located at the center building entrance facing Dequindre.

Corporate Services Building
28000 Dequindre Road, Madison Heights, MI 48092
Hours: Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The following donations will be accepted:

  • Surgical Masks
  • Isolation Masks
  • N-95 Masks
  • Isolation Gowns
  • Surgical Gowns
  • Full Length Plastic Face Shields
  • ¾ Length Plastic Face Shields
  • Goggles

Beaumont Health Directions for Donations

Beaumont Health is accepting donations of face masks, scrubs, gowns, and more. Drop off is available or ship items via UPS for the following addresses:

26901 Beaumont Blvd., Southfield, MI 48033
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

29165 Ecorse Rd., Van Buren Twp., MI 48184
Hours: Monday – Friday:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday:  9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Donate to the Beaumont Health Foundation here. 

Detroit Medical Center

The Detroit Medical Center is asking individuals interested in donating items to call 313-966-9328.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

There are critical supplies needed to fight COVID-19. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has published the critical supply list here.

Please circulate this list throughout your organization to see how you can help.

FEMA is requesting that any company that can help provide these supplies email the link below: emailcovidsupplies@fema.dhs.gov or submit this form on their website. 

Henry Ford Health System Drop-off Locations for Donated Medical Supplies

Henry Ford Health System has added new drop-off locations for businesses and organizations looking to donate new and unused medical supplies. Read the full list of donation sites and supplies needed.

Do you know a patient at a Henry Ford Health System hospital or want to send general encouragement to patients and staff? Send them virtual well wishes.

Donate to HFHS COVID 19 Emergency Needs Fund.

St. Joseph Mercy Health System

St. Joseph Mercy Health is now accepting medical supply donations at their Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Livingston, Oakland, and Livonia locations. Read the full list of locations, hours of operation, and accepted supplies.

Donate to St. Joe’s COVID-19 Response Fund.

Support Important Causes

United Way for Southeastern Michigan: COVID-19 Community Response Fund
With your support, United Way and its partners will be best able to assist vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as seniors, children, and low-income families. The fund will be used for a multitude of efforts to help with recovery, including:

  • Food distribution to students affected by school closures and other vulnerable populations that are isolated or lack access
  • Availability of shelter beds for people experiencing homelessness who do not have the resources needed to stay safe
  • Operational funding gaps for health and human service agencies
  • Loss of income and access to services for vulnerable populations
  • Supporting college students who face barriers as they complete their education

United Way is taking $0 fees on any donations. Some of the key corporate contributors are close to the Detroit Regional Chamber. Thank you to DTE Energy, Gilbert Family Foundation, Quicken Loans Community Fund, the Skillman Foundation, Ballmer Group, Ralph C. Wilson Foundation, Ford Motor Company Fund, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan for their significant contributions to the fund.

Pure Michigan Business Connect: Help Fill Health and Human Service Needs
Do you have goods and services that might be able to support organizations responding to the COVID-19 outbreak? Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) is looking for suppliers capable of filling health and human service needs across a broad range of product and service categories.

Council on Foundations: COVID-19 Pledge of Action
As leaders in philanthropy, the Council on Foundations recognizes the critical need to act with fierce urgency to support their nonprofit partners as well as the people and communities hit hardest by the impacts of COVID-19. The Council on Foundations invites funders and other leaders in the philanthropic sector to join them and more than 350 other organizations in making strong commitments and holding collective accountability to those affected by COVID-19 by signing their pledge of action.

Food Pantries

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.

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.

Organizations to Support

More Ways to Help

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