COVID-19 Get Involved
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Shelter Association of Washtenaw County:
Donate: They are in desperate need of masks, gloves, cleaning supplies (e.g., Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer), and toilet paper. Please drop off donations at 312 W Huron St, Ann Arbor, and call 734.971.1073 to let them know to expect you.
Washtenaw Small Business Emergency Relief Fund:
- This fund provides grants to small businesses that are meant to serve as a bridge until additional state and federal resources are made available in the coming weeks and months. A GoFundMe has been established to collect donations to support the initiative and increase the number of small business it is able to support.
- Initial donors include Washtenaw County Government, the Song Foundation, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation and the Bank of Ann Arbor.
Donate Funds: Food Gatherers will continuously assess the emergency food needs in our community. In this unprecedented situation, financial donations provide Food Gatherers the most flexibility to best respond to these emerging needs. Donate now: www.foodgatherers.org/donate or 734-761-2796.
Donate Food: We are accepting food donations during our regularly scheduled hours. For more information visit www.foodgatherers.org/givefood
Donate Lunches with Love: These pre-packed meal bags are a great way to provide ready-to-eat food to our community. Learn more: www.foodgatherers.org/lunches
Volunteer: Food Gatherers relies on volunteers to support our operations. For the safety of staff and volunteers, we are implementing additional food safety and sanitary measures in our warehouse and Community Kitchen. Learn more: www.foodgatherers.org/volunteer.
United Way of Washtenaw County has launched an emergency relief fund to raise funds for the emerging and critical needs of the community due to the coronavirus pandemic. With initial support from the Song Family Foundation, this fund’s goal is to raise more than $250,000 to offer emergency relief and ensure resources are available in Washtenaw County.
Nonprofit agencies anticipate a surge in neighborhood needs, unchartered service requests and increased staff capacity needs and operating reserve needs. 100% of the funds raised will be used to help non-profits meet the needs of the vulnerable populations including those needing food, children, families facing loss of income due to business closures, health issues and those experiencing housing crisis.
Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels:
Donate Funds: Financial support can help feed a lonely senior or homebound neighbor. Every donation of $35 provides a hungry homebound neighbor with 5 days of meals: https://ymow.org/make-a-donation/
Volunteer: YMOW relies on volunteers to deliver meals to individuals. They are taking extra steps to ensure the health and wellbeing of all volunteers and the people they serve. Learn more at https://ymow.org/covid-19/ and sign up to volunteer at https://ymow.org/volunteer/
Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels:
Donate Funds: There are a number of ways to make a financial contribution to Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels - direct gifts, bequests, annuities, stocks, trusts, donations and more. Regardless of how you give, your support can provide food security to an individual. Learn more at https://www.med.umich.edu/aamealsonwheels/mealgift.htmln/
Volunteer: In all that we do, Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels seeks to be “more than a meal”. AAMOW staff and volunteers work together to provide nutritious meals and carry out safety and wellness checks for all clients. Learn more at https://www.med.umich.edu/aamealsonwheels/involved/index.html
The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. Learn more here.
Volunteering in an Emergency
- The Washtenaw County Medical Reserve Corps is looking for medical and non-medical volunteers 18 and older. Those interested can visit (link) for more information.
- Individuals may also visit the Michigan Volunteer Registry to add your name to a registry that allows you to be contacted for other volunteer opportunities based on skills and experience. Registering places you under no obligation to volunteer.