Resources & Volunteering
For resources on housing, utilities, and making ends meet, see the Washtenaw County Office for Community and Economic Development's website
Donate gear to protect students and staff from COVID-19
Public school budgets, already stretched thin, are unable to fully cover the costs of implementing new COVID-19 safety protocols and guidelines. The Safe Schools Washtenaw donation drive is collecting supplies and funds so students and staff across Washtenaw County can safely re-enter schools, regardless of socioeconomic status, physical vulnerabilities, or other barriers that may prevent students from fully participating in in-person instruction. All supplies donated and purchased by donations will be distributed across Washtenaw County’s 108 public schools.
Donate gear to protect health care workers and patients from COVID-19
Due to the outpouring of support from community members, both the University of Michigan and Saint Joseph Mercy health systems are hosting donation drives for items used in healthcare treatment.
- Information on what University of Michigan/Michigan Medicine is accepting and where to donate
- Note: Michigan Medicine is now accepting homemade cotton masks for family members, visitors, and staff who are not in direct contact with COVID-19 patients
- Information on what Saint Joseph Mercy is accepting and where to donate
- Note: Saint Joseph Mercy is now accepting homemade cotton masks for staff who are not in direct contact with COVID-19 patients
Guidance on use of homemade masks for health care workers from CDC and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services: In settings where facemasks are not available, healthcare providers might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect healthcare provider is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face.
- The Washtenaw County Medical Reserve Corps is looking for medical and non-medical volunteers 18 and older. More information about how to get involved.
- The State of Michigan is also calling on trained medical professionals and other Michiganders to help make a difference in the fight to slow the spread of COVID-19. Visit Michigan.gov/FightCOVID19 for opportunities. Your time, talent and donations will have an impact now.
- 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 during a natural or public health emergency. Registering places you under no obligation to volunteer
The American Red Cross has a constant and ongoing need for blood platelet donations during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. Make an appointment to donate blood.
Support community organizations & community members
- The Washtenaw County Mutual Aid + Resources Facebook group is a place where community members can offer and ask for needed resources.