Extraordinary generosity is a hallmark of extraordinary times
Michigan Medicine is well-positioned to care for patients with COVID-19 and to positively impact the course of this pandemic in Michigan, the nation, and the world. As we lead during this crisis, philanthropic contributions will bolster and accelerate our efforts.
Four important ways you can help:
COVID-19 Philanthropic Fund
Gifts to the COVID-19 Philanthropic Fund will enable us to direct crucial funds to our most pressing needs. Contributions will go toward the well-being, recognition, and support of our frontline health care workers, as well as address emerging opportunities to advance patient care and research.
You can also mail a check to:
Michigan Medicine Office of Development
1000 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Michigan Medicine Employee Emergency Need Fund
The Employee Emergency Need Fund was established by a generous gift from an anonymous donor to provide assistance for Michigan Medicine staff and faculty members who are experiencing an immediate, severe, and temporary financial situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Awards of up to $1,000 per employee may be made to assist with needs such as childcare, rent, and transportation.
Join us for #FitfortheFrontLine, a national fitness challenge taking place May 26-June 14, 2020, to show appreciation for the heroic efforts of front-line health care workers.
Make a donation, complete an athletic activity of your choice, then share your activity online and encourage others to join you using #FitfortheFrontLine! Activities can be anything you like: a walk around the block, cycling for 60 minutes, doing 30 minutes of core work, meditating with your family for 30 minutes/day for a week, or even a game of hopscotch!
Food and Other In-Kind Donations
Non-perishable food and toiletries will continue to be collected at the NCRC donation site listed below, and will be given to Food Gatherers to distribute to more than 100 local nonprofit organizations that serve community members in need. Learn more about accepted items. Non-perishable food can also be donated directly to Maggie’s Marketplace and the Maize & Blue Cupboard, and prepared meals may be donated to Ronald McDonald House, Alpha House Family Shelter, Domestic Violence Safe House Center, and Salvation Army Family Shelter. Please contact these organizations directly for more information.
It is also imperative that we continue to look ahead to future supply requirements. We are grateful for contributions of personal protective equipment and other health care items from individuals and organizations. We appreciate all offers of assistance.
Please review the list below, and contact Patricia Morin, director of gift finance and handling, to learn more about our needs and requirements for specific items.
We have set up a drive-through donation site for specific items at the North Campus Research Complex, set back from Plymouth Road and Huron Parkway. It is open Monday-Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Items may also be shipped to this location.
North Campus Research Complex
2800 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
You can donate new and unused:
- Disposable face masks
- 3D-printed face mask adjusters that relieve the pressure on the ears of health care workers. Review specifications for our preferred design and materials
- N95 masks, sometimes called respirators
- NEW: Handmade cloth masks for staff working in non-patient care settings. We prefer the patterns provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or craft supply stores.
- Eye protection including face shields and safety goggles. Review specifications for our preferred design and materials.
- Fabric scrubs, in good condition, preferably washed
- Disposable gowns
- Disposable gloves, especially non-latex
- Disposable surgical caps
- Disposable foot covers
- Wipes: bleach or antimicrobial
- Hand sanitizer
- Nasal swabs with nylon shafts
- Powered air-purifying respirators and PAPR hoods
- Viral or universal transport medium
Open containers of protective gear are accepted.
At this time, we are not accepting 3D-printed ventilator parts.
The loading dock can accommodate donations of all sizes. Enter from Huron Parkway and follow signs to the loading dock. You will not need to get out of your car if you prefer not to. Staff will maintain safe physical distance, and will wear gloves and regularly clean their hands. You will be asked to provide basic contact information, and you may request a receipt for your records.
If you are ill, please wait until you feel better to donate. Donating protective gear will continue to be an acceptable reason to leave home under state-level orders limiting public activity, for example under Michigan’s exemption for volunteering for operations that provide “necessities of life.”
Additional Ways to Get Involved
There are many ways to show support, including:
- Thank the Front Line: Share thanks and good wishes with Michigan Medicine frontline staff and researchers by posting messages, pictures, and short videos on social media using #HailtotheFrontLine, with the privacy settings on “public.” Or view and upload messages directly on our #HailToTheFrontLine page.
- Donate Blood: Help hospitals facing blood shortages by participating in an upcoming drive in your area. Special precautions are in place to protect blood donors from coronavirus. Additionally, people who have recovered from a confirmed case of COVID-19 can give blood plasma that could be used in studies to see if it can help severely ill COVID-19 patients.
- Share Cheer with Homebound Older Adults: The Meals on Wheels services that feed older adults in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti have links to Michigan Medicine, and both programs are collecting cards and drawings to be delivered with meals; they will be held for a time before delivery, in accordance with infection prevention guidance. Send them to Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels, 2025 Traverwood Drive, Suite F, Ann Arbor, MI 48105-2228.
Thank you for your generosity!
At Michigan Medicine, we have long recognized that our commitment to serving the public good is equally matched by our community’s dedication to serving one another. We see great hope in the way so many people are uniting for a common cause, and we appreciate the many ways you are contributing to a healthy future for all.
For more information, please contact the Michigan Medicine Office of Development: