Southeast Michigan

As the world copes with the COVID-19 pandemic, our team has received countless inquiries from people asking what they can do to help people and organizations in need.

As you consider how to help, we encourage everyone to exercise caution and follow safety protocols before volunteering. Potential volunteers should also follow local guidelines including Michigan’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order announced on March 23, 2020. Details about what volunteering and other activities are permitted under the Michigan Executive Order can be found here

We’ve listed some of the most urgent needs below and will continue to provide updates as we learn more.


Southeast Michigan


A limited amount of non-warehouse volunteer shifts involving small numbers of individuals are available at Gleaners. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gleaners suspended warehouse volunteer shifts through at least Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

One of the country’s largest providers in the fight against homelessness and substance abuse, Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries is in desperate need of cleaning and household supplies such as hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, Kleenex and toilet paper. Nonperishable food, prepared food, hygiene items and baby care items are also needed. Donations can be delivered to the 150 Stimson, Detroit, MI 48201 location on weekdays between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed to run the front desk and monitor hallways at several facilities. Health care professionals are also needed to help work in the DRMM clinic. Personal protection equipment will be provided, along with training from the Detroit Health Department. If you are interested in volunteering or learning more about opportunities for health professionals, please call Jamie McMillen at 313-771-9002.

Volunteer Opportunity: The Salvation Army is looking for a small number volunteers to support food box packing at the warehouse located at 21740 Trolley Industrial Road, Taylor, MI 48180. Volunteers will work in groups of 10, in four hour shifts, to pack food boxes. Safety precautions will be in place in compliance with social distancing guidelines. For more information or to sign up, please contact, Barb Pilat at Phone: 248.996.5051 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Salvation Army is also looking for donations of specific hygiene and nonperishable food items like hand soap, anti-bacterial wipes and gloves, as well as canned fruits, peanut butter and pop-top items to support the homeless population. Supplies and food donations can be dropped off at any of their Corps Community Centers and will be used to support shelter residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Safety precautions are in place to limit contact between people.

The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now, to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. To find a blood donation location near you, click here.

United Way for Southeast Michigan has created a Coronavirus website that lists specialized COVID-19 volunteer opportunities and community resources. It also includes details about the COVID-19 Community Response Fund they established to help rapidly deploy resources to local community-based organizations offering emergency relief to families and individuals in need. 

Dearborn Public Schools is looking for volunteers to help with the district’s needs for meal service to children during this critical time while schools are out of session. Volunteers will help with packaging and distributing meals to families. Opportunities are available in two hour time slots, take place at various school locations throughout Dearborn, and are available throughout the month of April. Proper safety protocols are in place to follow social distancing guidelines. To see available shifts and sign up, please visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084ba8a92fa6f85-dpsmeal.

Since Covid-19 hit, University of Detroit Mercy Campus Kitchen have had an increase in requests for food from community members, and have a need for donation of goods, additional financial support and for volunteers to help with distributions. For donation location or if you are interested in volunteering, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Items they are looking to collect include household items such as hand soap and disinfectant, as well as nonperishable food donations such as breakfast cereals, soup and canned fruits and vegetables. You can also support financially at: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/campuskitchen.

As a client-choice food pantry, Fish and Loaves is looking for shelf-stable food donations to keep their pantry stocked. A full list of the types of items can be found here. Please call 734-442-0031 for information on how to drop off your donations.

Starfish Family Services physical centers are closed through April, but Starfish staff remain available to families and clients as more than 4,000 metro Detroit children (and their families) are served annually by the organization. Starfish Family Services is seeking monetary donations for the purchase of diapers. Starfish recognizes that social distancing measures may increase financial and material hardship, as people stay home and cannot access support systems. To keep up with this increased demand, the Starfish needs your support to help families through this troubling time. A donation of $80 will allow Starfish to purchase a one month supply of diapers for distribution to families. To donate, please visit: https://www.starfishfamilyservices.org/. Please note due to COVID-19 Starfish Family Services is not accepting drop off diaper donations at their facilities at this time, only monetary donations for the purchase of new items.

In response to COVID-19 Zaman International is seeking hygiene items or non-perishable food item donations, as well as monetary donations towards the purchase of these items. To learn more about the what is needed, including where to drop off donations please call, 313-551-3994. The organization is also accepting clothing donations at any of their designated bin locations throughout Southeast Michigan.

Vista Maria provides specialized intensive residential treatment programs for women and young girls. To help address obstacles and challenges presented by this pandemic, they've created an Amazon Wish List with items needed to keep children active and learning. All donations will be sent directly to Vista Maria. In addition, all financial contributions are being directed to COVID-19 response and relief, to help provide flexibility to adjust programming and services as the situation rapidly evolves.

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At present, there are still students on campus at Eastern Michigan University who are not able to return home and some that are staying in off-campus housing. As a result, our “Swoop's” Student Food Pantry has seen a dramatic uptick in numbers of student visits – more than 150 visits in just three days the week of March 30 – and we estimate that more than half were new shoppers. Swoop's is seeking the following items to keep up with demand: Refrigerated items such as milk, eggs and yogurt and cheese; Canned and nonperishable items like pasta, rice and bread; Self-care items such as soap. Also, creative outlets such as used (but with all the pieces!) puzzles, games and journals. Swoop's can arrange pick-up of these items if needed, depending on the pick up area. Please email to inquire about making a food or self-care product donation, or to arrange a pickup, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

With an emphasis in STEM education, Arts & Scraps provides hands-on learning and creative experiences. The organization is partnering with Brilliant Detroit and Mint Artists Guild to deploy at least 5,000 creative learning supply kits at no cost for Detroit families to use during this quarantine. To learn more on how your financial contribution will help build and deploy kits, click here.

The Hive at University of Detroit Mercy is a student-led institutional organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Detroit Mercy students. Currently, The Hive is focused on decreasing student food insecurity by providing students with both perishable and non-perishable food items through our student-run food pantry. Items we are looking to collect include household items such as hand soap and disinfectant, as well as nonperishable food donations such as breakfast cereals, soup and canned fruits and vegetables and other healthy snacks. For donation location please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
For financial donations: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/thehive.