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What Businesses Are Doing to Help

March 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 Business 

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.

Downtown Boxing Gym

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

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

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

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 Brothers

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.

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