Building bridges, connecting communities: Michigan Medicine school supply drive to support learning experiences

August 5, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

As recent history has shown, the entire Michigan Medicine team has been generous, kind and supportive of our communities — both at work and outside the walls of the academic medical center.

In keeping with that legacy, the organization is hosting a school supply drive from Monday, Aug. 8 through Sunday, Aug. 28.

The drive aims to build off previous efforts, which collected 845 cases of school supplies and more than 2,500 backpacks for area youth between 2012-2019. All of the supplies went toward creating a more positive learning experience for those who need it most.

“I am proud and grateful for what we have done over time,” said Tony Denton, senior vice president and chief operating officer for U-M Health. “As this fall approaches, we can continue our legacy to inspire health, hope and learning for families in our community, where the need for assistance remains high and ongoing.”

How you can help

This year’s event will benefit several community resources: The Education Project for Homeless Youth, Ozone House, Community Action Network, Faith in Action and House by the Side of the Road.

Among the items most needed this year are backpacks (noted as a significant need), pencils, paper, markers, calculators and more (see graphic at right). Hygiene products, socks and underwear are also welcomed and in significant need.

Supplies can be dropped off at Dock 90 of the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) along Huron Parkway just south of Plymouth Road.

Departments are encouraged to collect supplies in their areas of the organization and designate someone to drop them off at NCRC.

The hope is to find as much success with the school supply drive as the organization has with recent food drives to benefit Food Gatherers. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Michigan Medicine contributions have translated to approximately 310,000 nutritious meals provided through a collaboration with Food Gatherers.  

As Denton said, all this generosity “demonstrates a sense of belonging, caring, equity, teamwork and positive spirit which will elevate health and well-being for the communities served by Michigan Medicine.

“These efforts go a long way toward building stronger bridges and connections between Michigan Medicine and the communities we are a part of and privileged to serve.”

If you have any questions about the school supply drive, contact Janet Martinez at

Learn even more about the drive and other Community Health Services initiatives on The Wrap employee podcast below!