As this unprecedented public health crisis continues, companies have stepped up and are making donations to support organizations serving residents in Michigan. Donations help to address COVID-19 pandemic resource shortages that have affected the lives of many.


If your company has made some type of donation to help during the pandemic, you can send information to bhightower@freepress.com to be added to the list.


Amazon donated $100,000 to Forgotten Harvest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to relieving hunger and preventing nutritious food waste. This donation will support Forgotten Harvest in providing more than 400,000 healthy, nutritious meals to those in need – specifically those struggling the most as a result of the pandemic. Amazon is also making donations to food banks and depositories in several other states including Illinois and Ohio.


Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores purchased and had 100,000 PPE masks delivered for use by the City of Detroit. The surgical-grade masks will be provided to Detroit police officers, firefighters, bus drivers and other city workers serving the public.


Also, the Detroit Pistons picked up and delivered 15,000 PPE ICU gowns donated by the Cleveland Clinic to Henry Ford Health System and partnered with the state of Michigan and city of Detroit on a public service announcement asking for medical volunteers to help in Michigan and encouraging citizens to stay home and stay safe. In conjunction with Wayne County and corporate partners, the organization made a $375,000 funding grant to Forgotten Harvest and has made the new Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center available to state government officials as a place to house health care professionals or COVID-19 patients, if designated.


Dow is donating $500,000 from the Dow Company Foundation to support the work of community foundations and economic development corporations in Midland, Bay, Isabella and Saginaw counties. Funds are earmarked to support the rapid deployment of resources to help address critical regional needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic including support for frontline workers, providing food and care for children, supporting the continued operations of small businesses, and other emergency needs.


This donation is in addition to the previously announced $3 million commitment from the Dow Company Foundation to help fund COVID-19 relief efforts globally. It is also in addition to the production of hand sanitizer at Dow’s Auburn Operations which will be donated to the State of Michigan and THRIVE (Transforming Health Regionally in a Vibrant Economy), a co-led initiative between the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance and the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance, for distribution to area hospitals and first responders in the region.


Dr. Anthony Weinert, a board-certified foot surgeon based in Troy and founder of Shoe Pantry Plus, a 501c3 non-profit, which exists to provide new shoes and socks for those in need reached out to Crocs for a donation of 2,500 pairs of Crocs to distribute to healthcare workers on the frontlines at hospitals in metro Detroit and other parts of Michigan. Dr. Weinert, also known as “The Sole Doctor” and go-to foot health experts states the need to help protect healthcare heroes from transporting possible contaminated shoes home with potential coronavirus on surface of shoes.


Frontline Foods, a national grassroots organization working with restaurants, hospitals and other medical facilities to feed healthcare workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis, announced its launch in Southeast Michigan.


To make a tax-deductible donation, with all funds going to restaurants providing meals for frontline healthcare workers, visit frontlinefoods.org/se-michigan/. Any donation, big or small, will make a difference. Donations of $1,000 allow donors to request the restaurant they would like to support in the comment section. Otherwise, donations will be rotated through the participating restaurants. Unrestricted gifts will be distributed across the participating restaurants. For more information, contact se-michigan@frontlinefoods.org.


Justin Verlander and Kate Upton have partnered with a series of organizations to provide essential needs to first responders in Michigan. It’s part of an ongoing program to donate funds in each of Justin’s MLB checks to organizations that need it in the fight against COVID-19. Here are ways they have decided to help:



Through a partnership with Bella+Canvas, Justin and Kate have secured donations for 25,000 masks to the Detroit Police Department. They are also stocking each patrol car with masks and distributing them to people and communities in need.
Through a partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund to secure donations for face shields for every police officer, paramedic and fire fighter in Detroit. This is such an important and extra layer of protection while helping many who are sick and needing their assistance.
Justin and Kate partnered with B Strong to provide thermometers to the police force to help slow the spread.
Lastly, they are donating to Feed the Frontlines Detroit, working with local restaurants to deliver meals to healthcare workers and first responders.

Molina Healthcare of Michigan is donating over $68,000 to 17 community-based organizations throughout the state to help Michigan’s most vulnerable populations while the state is under a stay-at-home order. Funding for the nonprofits focus on health centers, food insecurity, senior care, families with children, and the homeless.


North Coast Golf Company has helped donate more than 3,000 meals to over 14 food banks in Michigan and across the country. The company has mainly donated funds to Feeding America food banks such as Forgotten Harvest in Oak Park, Gleaners in Detroit, Food Bank for New York City, and the Greater Lansing Food Bank among several others.


Last month, the company released a new, limited-edition golf glove called “United We Stand.” $15 from every purchase was donated to Feeding America food banks. Over the last several weeks 15% of overall profit from online sales went to Feeding America food banks.


McDonald’s Owner/Operators of Michigan are donating food and cash to food banks to support local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Deliveries were made to Forgotten Harvest in Oak Park and Food Gatherers in Ann Arbor. The list of donated items includes apple slices, English muffins, buns, GoGurts, apple juice and cheese slices. Additionally, the companies are donating $25,000 to the state’s food banks.


United Way for Southeastern Michigan has launched an effort to get Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to child care facilities, shelters for housing homeless and at-risk populations, food pantries, other essential services and families of those working on the frontlines of COVID-19. The initiative will provide masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and other support to nonprofit organizations, targeted workers, and schools across Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties.


To donate to United Way’s Protect Our Protectors effort, text “Protect” to 50503. Donations up to $300 made to charity can be deducted from your 2020 taxes, due to the passage of the coronavirus stimulus package.


Youth Community Agency along with local Detroit business owners, and volunteers gave back to those in need during Covid-19 and these trying times by donating lunches, handbags, and hygiene kits to the homeless and transitory residents, at the Oasis shelter in Highland Park, a division of the Detroit Rescue Mission.