As COVID-19 puts an ever-encroaching strain on the State of Michigan’s healthcare system, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services have established a website for support. The State of Michigan is calling on medical professionals and everyday Michiganders to volunteer their talents to assist with the overwhelming need for help in our hospitals.
“We’ve seen an incredible amount of strength and courage of Michiganders during this time of uncertainty, whether it’s from communities donating food, money, and resources to those that need it or from businesses using their technology to manufacture personal protective equipment,” shared Gov. Whitmer in a press release sent out by her office. “To bend the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19 in our state, we must all work together as Michiganders. Whether you’re a medical professional looking to volunteer, or someone who can give blood or donate to your local food bank, everyone can help out. We will get through this together.”
“The time is now to save lives,” added MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. “Doctors, nurses, medical assistants – please volunteer where we need you most. You can save lives. Michiganders in good health who want to serve seniors who are alone – safely, from a distance – please volunteer. You can save lives, too. If you’re ready to use your cell phone to trace infections to their source, please volunteer. You can save lives, too. Visit www.michigan.gov/fightcovid19.”
Residents of Michigan can also use the site to find out how they can help within their local communities by giving blood, donating money, or needed medical supplies. Residents can also assist public health officials with the crucial task of tracking infections through the website.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO ADDRESS COVID-19
The State of Michigan currently has a need for volunteers with the following skills:
- Individuals already part of the MiVolunteerRegistry
- Those with a background in public health, healthcare, or community organizing
- Community organizers to assist with food distribution
- Donations that include hospital gowns, ventilators, surgical and N95 masks gloves, and hand sanitizer
- Volunteers able to give blood