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Development News DEGC President and CEO Kevin Johnson announces a grant relief fund program for small businesses at Mayor Mike Duggan's press conference Tuesday, March 31.

Applications now open for DEGC's COVID-19 relief funds for small businesses

Small businesses can seek up to $10,000 in grants through the DEGC and City of Detroit's COVID-19 Grant Relief Fund.

Longform Meals on Wheels driver Lamar Ellington gives Beverly Sullivan, 79, a meal delivery for her mom, Ellen Dennis, 97.

Here’s how Michigan helps elders stay where they want to be: at home

Three out of four people aged 50 and older want to remain at home. While it's the most cost-effective solution for elder care, it does still present some challenges. Here's how Michigan providers are addressing them.

MoGo Detroit offers free monthly pass in response to COVID-19

With 480 bikes at 44 stations, MoGo says it is taking precautions to keep equipment safe, such as thoroughly cleaning handlebars and seats as well as docking points and kiosks.


Detroit Help Hub online platform aims to help local small businesses and creative community

To keep businesses that are used to engaging with customers at brick-and-mortar spaces in a time when residents are told to stay home, the newly launched Detroit Help Hub from marketing firm 2gathr and online publication Detroitisit hopes to give entrepreneurs a way to connect to customers.


Partner Content So far, BGCSM employees have distributed more than 1,300 meals to families in need across Southeast Michigan.

COVID-19 poses major challenges for Detroit organizations serving youth, but the mission continues

To meet the need, local organizations have been shifting their work and accelerating their efforts in response to the crisis. However, the increased demand for services also means increased demand for funding, which is likely to overwhelm already strapped organizations, and financial support from partners will be crucial in serving the most vulnerable.


Feature Story We the People, COVID-19, Mutual Aid

Mutual aid is making a comeback during COVID-19 outbreak

Mutual aid is not a new idea, but with COVID-19 increasing the need of communities around the world, it’s becoming a more popular — and more organized — one.

Partner Content Kids fly kites at a sports gear giveaway at the Kinross Recreation Center.

Coalition aims to build a healthier community in UP's Kinross Township

The Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District and other partners are working to promote physical activity and other healthy choices in the community through the Kinross Building a Healthy Community Coalition.

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Amid challenges brought on by COVID-19, Metro Detroit chefs and restaurants find ways to give back

From food boxes for veterans and the elderly to operating a vegan food pantry, local restaurants are finding new ways to help amid their own businesses’ struggles.

Longform Carrie Hays McElroy and Michelle Moccia.

Michigan providers adopt age-friendly health system model to give elders better care

A Michigan hospital is one of five pioneers nationwide for the model, which aims to engage older adults directly in finding out what matters most to their health care.

Partner Content Ring Lardner Middle School students participate in a March Madness tasting event.

Project LEAN encourages kids to eat healthy through hands-on fun

The Van Buren Intermediate School District's nutrition education programs use fun activities to encourage kids to eat healthy foods and be more physically active.

Partner Content Kids participate in a Best Food Forward class at Pearl Lean Elementary in Warren.

Working together to improve food security in Warren

As a key part of Gleaners’ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education work, funded with grants from Michigan Fitness Foundation, the food bank works to address the long-term systemic problem of hunger.

Buzz Willis Show Bar in Midtown

From cooking classes to DIY face mask tutorials, 6 things to do during shelter in place order

From Google Meet to Facebook Live, digital platforms are helping us be together while apart. Here are six of our favorite shelter in place online ideas from Detroit organizations and businesses, from cooking classes to pop and lock tutorials.

Feature Story Detroit Sewn's Karen Buscemi estimates that the manufacturer will be able to produce 1,000 masks per day during the first week of production.

Amid mask shortage, Detroit apparel manufacturers step in to produce protective gear for hospitals

As hospitals around the state – and the globe – experience a shortage of protective medical gear due to coronavirus, Detroit apparel manufacturers have stepped in to dedicate their factories to producing masks while creating jobs in an uncertain economy.


Feature Story Water activists Debra Taylor and Monica Lewis-Patrick instruct volunteers on water delivery protocols on March 21, 2020, at St. Peter’s Episcopal church in Corktown.

Planet Detroit: Activists rush to deliver bottled water to Detroit residents as COVID-19 spreads

Although hand-washing has been recommended as the best and easiest way to prevent spreading the COVID-19 virus, this is difficult for the roughly 10,000 households in Detroit who don’t have access to running water. The inability to flush toilets could make this even worse. And, of course, these households still need water for drinking, cooking, and mixing infant formula.  

Development News The small business and technology hub TechTown is preparing to launch the TechTown Incubator program, its first.

TechTown accepting applications for emergency fund for small businesses affected by COVID-19

In an effort to connect Detroit’s most vulnerable businesses to capital and help mitigate the effects of the coronavirus on small businesses, TechTown will administer working capital grants in amounts of up to $5,000 to qualifying small businesses through the Detroit Small Business Stabilization Fund.

Buzz Corktown restaurant Folk is adapting to COVID-19 by offering locally sourced groceries.

Folk to offer groceries, grab-and-go items in response to COVID-19

At 10 a.m. Saturday, Folk will offer soups, salads, and sandwiches for takeout and delivery as well as locally sourced groceries and paper products such as the hot commodity toilet paper. Customers can purchase online to pick up curbside as well as delivery. Grocery items are mostly available walk-in and curbside pickup, and if there is demand Folk will also offer delivery. The hope is that the services will allow her to bring back her laid-off staff.


Development News Andrea Bogart, founder and CEO of Embrace Creatives

Seminar series teaches artists and other creatives how to better do business

The founder and CEO of the platform seeks to empower artists through the Creative FUEL: Growth Series, a year-long seminar series meant to teach artists and creative business owners how to better do business and make a living.

Feature Story Flooding in Clay Township in 2019.

High water: Metro Detroit communities prepare for record-high water levels this spring

Heavy rains are likely to strike again this spring and summer. We spoke with community leaders from across the region to find out how they’re coping with this new wet reality.

Feature Story Gabriela Santiago-Romero and organizers in Southwest Detroit are surveying residents to see what community needs are amid COVID-19.

COVID-19: How Detroiters are building community, creating solutions

From online therapy to grocery deliveries, here's how residents and community organizations are pulling together in response to coronavirus.

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5 ways people are supporting their local breweries during coronavirus shutdowns

For many in metro Detroit the local brewery is more than just a spot to grab a pint, so when Coronavirus fears forced Michigan's 450-plus breweries to revert to carry-out only, communities around the state stepped up.

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