What Businesses Are Doing to HelpMarch 23, 2020
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Businesses in the Detroit region are taking action to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan and help those in need. View the latest news below on how the business community has remained highly involved during this critical time.
Going the Extra Mile for Communities Affected by COVID-19
Comcast will not disconnect internet service or charge late fees for customers who can’t pay their bills during this period. Important information and updates can be found here.
Corporate Health & Wellness Association
Over the last 45 days, Global Healthcare Resources has worked diligently through Corporate Health & Wellness Association’s global network of governments and hospitals to develop a reliable supply chain of verified FDA and CE certified manufacturers of PPE to provide supplies as fast as possible to those in need. Now, the Corporate Health & Wellness Association is opening that channel to those in need of medical supplies and gear. As the narrative changes and critically needed supplies are dwindling, it is more important than ever to assure access to the most reliable source of products. If you are in need of medical supplies and gear, you can submit an inquiry form.
Detroit Lions Powering Empowerment Plan’s Pivot to Medical Supply Production
Matt Patricia and the Detroit Lions players are helping the Empowerment Plan, a Detroit-based nonprofit that employs displaced single parents to make coats that convert into sleeping bags, fighting the issue of homelessness on two fronts.
Detroit’s Downtown Boxing Gym is offering meals, care packages, online tutoring and training. Text DBGFAMILY to 44321 to donate and volunteer.
Greektown Casino-Hotel in downtown Detroit is offering nearly 50 of its rooms for free to Detroit police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians during the coronavirus pandemic to ease their worries about potentially spreading the virus to loved ones at home.
Johnson Controls is providing technology resources and expertise to support the urgent clinical capacity expansion and network infrastructure modifications or additions. The company has the global experience, national workforce, and healthcare expertise to enhance alternate care sites’ responses to COVID-19.
Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business
The Russell Palmer Career Management Center, housed in the Eli Broad College of Business, is helping corporate partners that are facing hiring challenges due to the COVID-19 health crisis. Read more.
Outlier Media developed a fast and easy way for metro Detroiters to voice their concerns about COVID-19. The quick survey will ask participants to identify their biggest needs and vexing questions. Text “corona” to 72224 to participate.
PwC Foundation Donating $2.85 Million to ‘Areas of Need’
In the face of uncertain times and COVID-19, PwC Charitable Foundation President Yolanda Seals-Coffield announced a massive $2.85 million donation to areas of need.
Tepel is providing services to businesses looking to help keep their employees protected by printing face shields and sneeze barriers. If your business is in need of these types of protective equipment, reach out to Tepel Brothers for more information.
University of Michigan’s Poverty Solutions: Michigan COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Guide
Poverty Solutions, a U-M initiative aimed at preventing and alleviating poverty, compiled the Michigan COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Guide to help people make sense of the new resources becoming available as a result of the rapidly changing federal, state and local responses to the coronavirus outbreak.
Wayne State, City of Detroit: COVID-19 Testing for Homeless
Wayne State University will oversee the COVID-19 testing of symptomatic members of the homeless population at a designated Salvation Army shelter, with the support of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and its foundation partner, the DMC Foundation.
Wayne State School of Social Work, College of Nursing Crisis Hotline
The Wayne State University School of Social Work and the College of Nursing in collaboration with other Wayne State departments launched a crisis hotline for Metro Detroit first responders and healthcare professionals toiling on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The phone number to the hotline is 1-888-910-1636, and counselors will be available Mondays through Saturdays from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Calls to the crisis line will be free and confidential, and callers will not be asked to provide any identifying information.
- CDC Develops 9 New Video Resources on COVID-19 Topics in American Sign Language
- Michigan health department launches ‘warmline’ to help those with mental health issues
- Perrigo donating 500k bottles of hand sanitizer
- Ford launching new efforts to build respirators, face masks, gowns, and COVID-19 test kits
- Amazon will hire 75,000 more workers to meet pandemic demand
- Livonia ‘singing nurse’ appears on ‘Good Morning America’
- Beaumont launches ‘nation’s largest’ study of COVID-19 antibodies
- How to help our local hospitals amid coronavirus pandemic
- PHOTOS: Faces of frontline workers in Michigan during COVID-19 pandemic
- Michigan small, mid-size businesses to start receiving assistance money soon
- Corporate philanthropy gets needed masks to Southeast Michigan hospitals
- Gleaners and Focus Hope join forces to deliver food to those who need it most
- Quicken employee-match campaign generates $600,000 for nonprofits
- GM to supply 30,000 ventilators to national stockpile for nearly $490M
- Detroit’s auto industry steps up against COVID-19
- DDOT providing 20,000 surgical masks for riders to slow spread of COVID-19
- Miracle in Plymouth: UAW worker celebrates Ford making 1M face shields in 13 days
- NEI launches COVID-19 resource to help entrepreneurs affected by pandemic
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- Pandemic Will Have “A Permanent Effect” on Auto Industry: “All industry constituents” likely to feel the impact.
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- Michigan expanding services for startup businesses
- Startups always face bankruptcy risk. COVID-19 has made things worse.
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- Amazon and Lyft Join Forces to Meet COVID-19 Demands
- Detroit’s downtown to light up in red, white and blue for workers on coronavirus frontline
- Michigan small businesses encouraged to apply for $349B Paycheck Protection Program
- Non-profit urban farm in Detroit still helping amid COVID-19 outbreak
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- Blue Cross paying employees to volunteer at TCF Center coronavirus field hospital
- What grocery stores are doing to keep you safe, stocked up during COVID-19 pandemic
- DMC begins in-house COVID-19 testing
- Ann Arbor’s Michigan and State theaters seek funding help during ‘potentially tragic’ coronavirus fallout
- Target to limit number of shoppers in stores during coronavirus crisis
- Ann Arbor tech hub founder develops gift card platform to support front-line workers and small businesses
- Kalamazoo’s Stryker Releases Emergency Relief Bed in Response to COVID-19
- Operating across the state, McLaren prepares for COVID-19 surge
- Little Caesars to give 1 million pizzas to U.S. health care workers, first responders
Latest Automotive Industry Updates
- LIFT, IACMI Donate Equipment to Corktown Clinic Supporting COVID-19 Fight
- Detroit’s Auto Industry Steps Up Against COVID-19
- Quick Rebound in Wuhan Car Sales Give Hope to Battered Industry
- Auto Industry Seeks Help in Washington to Weather COVID-19 Crisis
- Motor City Answers National Supply Shortages In Time-Honored Tradition
- Michigan Manufacturing Becomes Arsenal of Health
- Duo Security founder donates $1M to Washtenaw County small business fund
- Nexteer Automotive 3D printing mask components for health care workers
- Local efforts to supply critical COVID-19 materials in the Great Lakes Bay Region ramp-up
What the State of Michigan is Doing to Help
- Governor Whitmer announces SBA loans now available for small businesses impacted by COVID-19
- Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Temporarily Suspending Evictions
- Treasury: Michiganders Unemployed Due to COVID-19 Eligible for Collections Assistance
- Workers affected by COVID-19 provided emergency relief through governor’s actions to expand unemployment benefits
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