Create happy holidays: Employees have many ways to give back to the community

November 28, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

Yesterday, employees learned how they could get into the holiday spirit by providing financial support to areas of the university that are most important to them.

But there are plenty of other ways to celebrate the season and give back to the community.

Here are just a few programs, initiatives and organizations that would benefit from the support of Michigan Medicine team members over the next few weeks:

Meals on Wheels

This essential service — which is run by Michigan Medicine — is always seeking volunteers to deliver healthy food to adult community members who are unable to shop or prepare complete, nutritious meals due to their age, disability or other medical conditions.

Volunteers only need to commit to 1-2 hours per session to complete a route and can choose the day of the week in which they help out.

Learn more about Meals on Wheels and fill out a volunteer application by clicking here.

Maggie’s Marketplace

Another Michigan Medicine initiative that is looking for support is Maggie’s Marketplace, a first-of-its-kind food pantry for patients at the Ypsilanti Health Center.

While the marketplace is not in need of volunteers, all monetary gifts directly support patients by purchasing shelf staples, dairy and produce items.

A donation can be made by clicking here, or a check can be made out to “Maggie’s Marketplace” and sent to 200 Arnet St., Suite 200, Ypsilanti, MI 48198-5753.

Food pantries

Other food pantries in the area are accepting donations and/or volunteers over the next month. For instance, Food Gatherers works to alleviate hunger in Ann Arbor and seeks individuals to help in the warehouse or in delivering meals. Click here for more information.

Another option is to hold a food drive on behalf of Food Gatherers. Learn more about food drives that could help your entire area of the organization get in the holiday spirit!

Meanwhile, The Senior Alliance — which provides resources for older adults in Wayne, Michigan — is also seeking help in preparing and delivering meals. Call 1-800-815-1112 or visit the organization’s website for more information on how you may assist the group.

Galens Tag Days

This weekend, U-M medical students will be carrying out their annual philanthropy effort known as Galens Tag Days. During the fundraiser, students and faculty — clad in red ponchos and holiday apparel — take to the streets of Ann Arbor toting buckets to collect donations from pedestrians in support of local organizations that serve children in need.

Last year’s grant recipients included organizations such as St. Louis Center, Children’s Literacy Network, the Ypsilanti Health Center and many more. Proceeds have also provided scholarships for children from Washtenaw County to attend camps through various organizations, including Special Days Camp, North Star Reach and the Hemophelia Foundation of Michigan.

You don’t have to even come across a student or faculty member in order to donate! Click here for more information!

Give back during the U-M United Way campaign

This year’s United Way campaign has a lofty goal — to raise $1.3 million for Washtenaw County residents in need.

Every donation made during the campaign — no matter the amount — will support the people, resources and organizations who help to create a thriving community for everyone.

Making a pledge is easy! It can be accomplished either through the ePledge system on Wolverine Access, or a pledge form is available on the U-M United Way website.

Learn more about this year’s United Way efforts by clicking here.