Posted on August 19, 2019
year will begin soon and the Michigan Medicine community will once again have
the opportunity to make an impact on the 1,300 K-12 students in Washtenaw
County who are currently experiencing homelessness.
For the eighth
consecutive year, the organization plans to provide local children with the
tools necessary to support their educational pursuits.
The annual school
supply drive will benefit three local agencies:
- Education Project for Homeless Youth, which works to ensure students experiencing homelessness and temporary living situations enroll, regularly attend and succeed in school.
- Ozone House, a community-based, nonprofit agency that helps young people lead safe, healthy and productive lives through intensive intervention and prevention services.
- Community Action Network, which partners with children, youth and families from under-resourced Washtenaw County neighborhoods to create better futures for themselves and improve the communities in which they live.
The school supply
drive at Michigan Medicine began in 2012 with 238 backpacks and 10 boxes of
supplies donated. In 2018, the collective enthusiasm and generosity resulted in
record-setting donations of 402 backpacks and 161 cases of a variety of school
supplies. In addition, hundreds of pairs of socks, underwear and personal care
products were donated to meet an expressed need.
In total, from
2012 to 2018, the team has donated 2,221 backpacks and 655 cases of supplies.
“It is inspiring
to see how caring members of our community can be,” said Tony Denton, senior
vice president and chief operating officer of the U-M Health System. “If each
of us makes a small donation, we can make a huge impact on those who need
assistance right in our own neighborhoods.”
supply collection effort details:
- The Sept. 9 Administrative Forum meeting (8 a.m.-10 a.m. in the Ford Auditorium) will serve as a final collection point for in-kind school supply contributions
- Help grow this effort by reaching out to your teams to request their involvement and support
- Off-site area teams are encouraged to coordinate their own collection drives. If needed, arrangements can be made to pick up off-site collections prior to Sept. 9.
- Please review the list of needed items to the right and consider making a donation.
In May 2017, the
Ypsilanti Health Center (YHC) opened Maggie’s Marketplace, a first-of-its-kind
food pantry serving Michigan Medicine patients to improve nutrition and
health. The marketplace is run by the YHC team and carries fresh fruit and
vegetables, along with basic staples such as potatoes, milk, cheese and eggs.
All the food is given for free to patients and community members. Thus far, an
estimated 7,950 people have been served, providing more than 15,000 meals.
Last year, in
addition to donations of school supplies, Michigan Medicine employees helped to
reduce food insecurity by making monetary donations which funded support of
Maggie’s Marketplace operation for more than two months.
that proper nutrition positively influences health and prevention of diseases,”
Denton said. “That’s why we’re once again offering the option to contribute
monetary donations to Maggie’s Marketplace.”
If you are
interested in supporting Maggie’s Marketplace, donations can be conveniently
made by clicking here.
If you have
questions, please contact Janet Martinez at 734-647-8161 or email@example.com.
behalf of children and families in need, thank you for being leaders and best
in supporting education, nutrition and health!