How to Support Your Community During COVID-19

neighbors supporting their community during a video chat

As the population stays home and watches the effects of the global outbreak unfold, many are looking for ways to helpFrom staying home to donating supplies, there are several ways you can support your community during the COVID-19 outbreak.  

Community support during these uncertain times can be a positive contributor to the health and well-being of our neighbors. There are creative ways to support and empower your community while social distancing.  

Stay home – this is the most important thing you can do to help flatten the curveStaying home will help slow the spread of the virus so that the number of cases does not continue to exceed the U.S. healthcare system’s capacity to treat individuals.  

Stay connected – make an effort to call your neighbors, especially those who are alone or elderly, to ask how they are doing. Click here for more strategies on staying connected through digital platforms.  

Stay informed  Staying up to date on current events will help ease some anxiety around the current situation. Keep in mind, it’s important be aware of your sources. Spreading false information will only contribute to panic throughout the community.   

Donate supplies – If youhome or business has a supply of disposable masks and gloves on hand, consider donating them to your local hospital. Businesses such as tattoo parlorsnail salons, and restaurants who are closed during the Michigan Stay Home, Stay Healthy executive order have been donating supplies to healthcare workers in desperate need 

Items being accepted  

New and unused: 

  • Disposable face masks 
  • N95 masks (sometimes called respirators) 
  • Eye protection including face shields and safety goggles  
  • Disposable gowns 
  • Disposable gloves, especially non-latex 
  • Disposable surgical caps  
  • Disposable foot covers 
  • Wipes: bleach or antibacterial  
  • Hand sanitizer

Items not being accepted  

  • Homemade sewn masks 
  • 3D ventilator parts 
  • Medications 
  • Non-commercially prepared food 
  • Blankets 
  • Medical equipment  

See the list of regional drop-off locations and hours below.  

The public is advised to stay away from our neighbors physically, but now is the time to grow closer together through community support.  

Drop-off locations  

Note, accepted supplies and hours may vary depending on location. Please contact your drop-off location before visiting to confirm your supplies will be accepted.    

  • Ascension Corporate Services Building 
    28000 Dequindre, Warren, MI
    A Drop-off bin is located outside the main entrance – only accepting specific items
    Donation hours: Monday-Friday 7am-4pm; Saturday 8am-4pm
  • Ascension Providence Southfield Hospital
    16001 W Nine Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48075
    Loading dock is located along Providence Drive just past the main entrance 
  • Ascension Providence Novi Hospital
    47601 Grand River Ave., Novi, MI 48374
    Loading dock/receiving door is located near the Assarian Cancer Center on the west side of the hospital  
  • Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital
    1101 W University Drive, Rochester, MI 
    Drop-off bins are located outside the main entrance 
    Donation times: Monday-Friday 7am-7pm 
  • Henry Ford Health System corporate offices
    1 Ford Place, Detroit, MI
    Between Second and Third streets, 3 ½ blocks south of West Grand Boulevard. 
    Donation hours: Monday-Friday 8am-3pmSundays 11am-4pm 
  • Henry Ford Allegiance Health
    205 N. East Avenue, Jackson, MI 
    Donation hours: Monday-Friday 8am-3pm 
  • Henry Ford Macomb Hospital Campus 
    43181 Commons Drive, Clinton Township, MI 48038
    Donation hours: Weekdays, 8am-4pm 
  • Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
    6777 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI
    Main entrance at the valet station
    Donation hours: Daily, 8am-5pm 
  • Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital
    2333 Biddle, Wyandotte, MI 
    Donation hours: Monday-Friday 8am-3pm 
  • Beaumont Service Center
    26901 Beaumont Boulevard, Southfield, MI
    Donation hours: 24/7 drop-off bins outside the main entrance  
  • Detroit Medical Center
    4201 St Antoine, Detroit, MI 48201

    Those interested in donating supplies, call (313) 966-9328 
  • Oakland County Farmers Market 
    2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI 
    Donation hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm  
  • University of Michigan Health System 
    North Campus Research Complex, 2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI
    Drive-thru site – Donors should enter from Huron Parkway and follow signs to the loading dock.
    Donation hours: Monday-Friday 7am-6pm; Saturday & Sunday 12pm-5pm 
  • Sparrow Hospital in Lansing 
    Drop off at Eastern High School, 220 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing, MI 
  • St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor
    5361 McAuley Dr., Ypsilanti, MI 
    Drop off at Towsley Health Building
    Donation hours: Daily, 8am-4pm p.m.  
  • St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea 
    775 S. Main St., Chelsea, MI
    Drop off at white tent, near Emergency department
    Donation Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm  
  • St. Joseph Mercy Livingston
    620 Byron Rd., Howell, MI
    Drop off located at main entrance
    Donation hours: Daily, 8am-4pm  
  • St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
    Medical Office Building (MOB), 44555 Woodward Ave., Pontiac, MI
    Drop off located north of the main entrance
    Donation hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm 
  • St. Mary Mercy Livonia
    36475 Five Mile Rd., Livonia, MI
    Use the west entrance off 5 Mile and follow the signs to the donation center
    Donation hours: Monday-Friday 8am-3pm