Worried about what to do if you get sick? Wondering where you can find food assistance for your family?

Listening to the news and wondering how you can help your community?

Here are some resources for you.

Steps to help protect yourself and others include washing your hands often, avoiding close contact with others, staying home when you are ill, covering coughs and sneezes, and cleaning and disinfect frequently touched surfaces as often as possible.

HOTLINES | If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, please separate yourself from other people, and then call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Here are some local areas hotlines

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services can answer health-related questions to COVID-19. The team can also direct residents, providers and more to find doctors and the right resources in their local communities and in other state government departments. The hotline will be open seven days a week from 8am to 5pm. Anyone in Michigan who doesn’t have a regular doctor, The hotline will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (888) 535-6136. Click here for more information from MDHHS.

St. Joseph Mercy Health System/IHA patients should call your healthcare provider if you think you have developed symptoms. If you have questions or concern about finding a doctor and COVID-19, you can call (833) 247-1258. Click here for more information from St. Joseph Mercy Health System/IHA.

Michigan Medicine patients with questions about symptoms, home management or advice should call the Michigan Medicine COVID-19 hotline at (734) 763-6336. Click here for more information from Michigan Medicine.

GET OR GIVE HELP | With schools and so many area businesses closed, the need for assistance is greater than ever. Here are resources if you need help with things like food, bills, and finding doctors. If you would like to support area non-profits, individuals, seniors, families, and local businesses by donating money, volunteering, and donating blood, we have that info, too.

IF you need HELP, Call 2-1-1, a 24/7 hotline that can connect you to services in our community.

United Way of Washtenaw County – get help with various necessities and services or give, donate, and volunteer.

Food Gatherers – get food assistance or give, donate, and volunteer.

American Red Cross – healthy blood donors are in high demand.

Underground Printing Hospitality Fundraiser  – 100% of net proceeds from each sale will go directly toward participating service-based businesses to aid in financial relief for their employees.

Michigan Artist Relief Fund.  – a fund to address the current needs of Michigan based musical artists whose incomes are being adversely impacted by the cancellation of concerts, events, and larger gatherings.

Gleaners Food Bank – serving SE Michigan.

Creative Washtenaw Aid 2020 Donation – The Arts Alliance is collecting donations for artists and arts, and creative organizations adversly impaved by COVID-19

Bountiful Harvest  – area food banks and feeding America organizations, providing surplus, donated and low cost food and personal care items to people-in-need in Livingston County as well as other services to the community.

Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry  – serving Lenawee County.

Michigan Medicine – asking the community to donate gear to protect health care workers and patients

CHILDCARE | Click here for a list of open daycares, based on those that responded to inquiries on March 16-17.  Please contact the child care directly to assure there are openings.

SCHOOL MEALS | Please note that meals are available for any child under 18 (or up to 26 if enrolled in special education programming), not just those eligible for Free or Reduced-price meals. Click here for school meal sites for districts across Michigan.

Ann Arbor Public Schools – distributing meals to take home at multiple locations.

Dexter Community Schools – distributing meals to take home.

Chelsea School District – distributing meals to take home.

Lincoln Consolidated Schools– distributing meals to take home.

Manchester Community Schools – distributing meals to take home.

Milan Area Schools– distributing meals to take home.

Saline Area Schools– distributing meals to take home.

Van Buren Public Schools – distributing meals to take home.

Whitmore Lake Schools – distributing meals to take home from Elementary School. Information on website coming soon.

Ypsilanti Community Schools – distributing meals to take home.

HELP PROVIDE FOOD | Below are some resources for those able to volunteer and donate through Food Gatherers.

Lunches with Love: Help assemble pre-packed meal bags to provide ready-to-eat food to our community.

Donate Funds: Financial donations provide Food Gatherers the most flexibility to best respond to emerging needs. Visit the website or call 734-761-2796.

Donate Food: Food Gatherers is accepting food donations during their regularly scheduled hours.

Volunteer: Food Gatherers volunteer needs may shift to meet emerging needs. Check for updates and sign up for open shifts on the website.

Spread the word: If you know someone who needs food, please refer them to the Food Gatherers website, or have them call 734-761-2796.

WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER | In an effort to help our community, we are committed to keeping this information up to date, and we will be adding more as it comes to us. If there is something you feel we should add to this page, please contact us via email:


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