We continue our series highlighting the extraordinary measures that private enterprise has taken to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic here in Michigan. As the state continues to reel from the effects that the shutdown has had on individual lives and the economy, Michiganders have banded together to help each other. Whether it’s an NFL receiver who chooses to return to his hometown to personally distribute hand sanitizer or a woman who decorates her yard with handmade free masks that families can take for free, individuals across the state are putting their skills to use caring for their communities’ most pressing needs.
Michigan companies have also been going the extra mile to mediate the coronavirus’ harms. In Detroit, a hotbed for the pandemic, Quicken Loans and Rocket Mortgage have created an extensive coalition of private enterprises in the region to equip hospitals and front-line workers with the tools they need to fight COVID-19. Local breweries have switched to brewing kegs of hand sanitizer to combat shortages and Meijer, a Michigan grocery chain, has been handing out thousands of face masks every day. On the research side of fighting the pandemic, lab companies like BIOTECH have been expediting COVID-19 tests so that Michigan employees can return to work to provide for themselves and their families.
What follows is a compilation of these and other stories from the last few weeks demonstrating the ways that private companies and individuals in Michigan are making a difference.
Editor's Note: We will continue to highlight these types of stories in the coming weeks. If you see examples in your local community and would like to share them, please contact Holly Wetzel at email@example.com.
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