Get involved with these local organizations and nonprofits that are working for the community during this crisis.
We may be quarantined for a few more weeks, but COVID-19 will never put a stop to our ability to rally together and support each other. Consider donating time, spare change or even just vocal support to these local nonprofits and their efforts to get everyone in Detroit through this crisis as unscathed as possible.
The Michigan Black Mama’s Bail Out Coalition and the Detroit Justice Center want everyone home for Mother’s Day. They’re joining forces again in 2020 to raise funds and expedite the release of Black mothers and caregivers who are behind bars and in danger of exposure to COVID-19.
Native Detroiter Tracy Reese and her company ISAIC, the Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center, are hoping to raise $25,000 in an effort to mobilize local apparel manufacturers to produce standardized protection gear in Detroit – like those masks we all know and now love.
THAW is asking for donations to its Front Line Energy Program meant to help vulnerable front-line workers and their families. Every dollar will be matched by the fund and goes towards paying our heroes’ utility bills and helping them keep the lights on.
United Way for Southeastern Michigan has launched a Community Health Fund to partner organizations in response to the virus. They’re accepting donations for nonprofits and struggling families, as well as providing safe volunteer opportunities such as tutoring, phone therapy with seniors and meal delivery.
Now is not the time to let education slip through the cracks because we’re too busy with the basics. Donations to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation support transportation, food, medical and household supplies for Detroit Public Schools Community District students during this time.
The Detroit Phoenix Center, a local nonprofit that assists vulnerable and homeless youth, is asking for donations of essential and nonperishable supplies to designated drop-off locations or monetary gifts. Simultaneously, DPC is helping kids remotely with services like virtual therapy, meditations via Headspace and COVID-19 support workshops.
As always, Cass Community Social Services is accepting donations of supplies and groceries for those adversely affected by the coronavirus and Detroiters in need of assistance in general. The outreach volunteer team is currently working to distribute supplies to homeless citizens and identify COVID symptoms in those who need help.
Pass Your Bucks is an online initiative that acts as a collective donation board for multiple organizations that do good in Michigan, like the Ruth Ellis Center or Auntie Na’s Village. Choose a singular nonprofit to support or sign a pledge that redirects federal emergency stimulus dollars towards organizations that work with people of color, the LGBTQ community and those facing housing insecurity to assist them with COVID-19 relief.