Give back: Help our community kids go back-to-school

August 14, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

Believe it or not, in just a few weeks the bell will ring on another school year.

When it does, many area children will get a helping hand from Michigan Medicine faculty and staff through the employees’ support of the organization’s annual school supply drive.

Last year, the drive was so successful that the organization was able to help not only the Education Project for Homeless Youth — a grant-funded project of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District that works to ensure students experiencing homelessness or temporary living situations enroll, regularly attend and succeed in school — but local agencies such as the Ozone House and the Community Action Network, as well.

All three school-based organizations will serve as beneficiaries of this year’s drive  — which is now underway and will run through Sept. 11.

“In addition to caring for our patients and families, members of our organization always step up to care for the community,” said Tony Denton, senior vice president and chief operating officer for the U-M Health System.

In 2016, Michigan Medicine employees donated thousands of supplies and 745 backpacks — more than double the previous record.

“This year, I have no doubt that our Michigan Medicine team will continue to prove their generosity and shatter another record,” Denton said. “It’s inspiring to see how our organization helps so many of our neighbors who need it the most.”

The AdForum meeting on Monday, Sept. 11 from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. in the Ford Auditorium will serve as the primary collection point for school-supply contributions.

Employees who work at off-site locations are encouraged to coordinate their own collection drives, which can then be coordinated with Janet Martinez for pick-up scheduling.

Please review the list of needed items to the right and consider making a donation to this annual and worthy cause.

Healthy Nutrition: Help Maggie’s Marketplace in Ypsilanti

In addition to donations of school supplies, members of the Michigan Medicine community are also encouraged to help reduce food insecurity in the community.

“Studies show that proper nutrition positively influences health and the prevention of diseases,” Denton said.

That’s why the organization is offering the option of contributing monetary donations to Maggie’s Marketplace, a first-of-its-kind food pantry serving Michigan Medicine patients who experience food insecurity on a routine basis, a social determinant of health.

The marketplace is run by the team at the Ypsilanti Health Center and carries fresh fruit and vegetables, along with basic staples such as potatoes, milk, cheese and eggs. All the food is purchased from Food Gatherers and given for free to patients or community members to improve their nutrition and health.

If you are interested in supporting Maggie’s Marketplace, donations can be made by clicking here.

If you have questions regarding the school supply collection or Maggie’s Marketplace donation efforts, contact Janet Martinez at 734-647-8161 or