Social Work Warriors In Action

Updated: 04.06.20

Amid the pandemic, please know that we are making efforts to live up to our urban mission and social work values and ethics by supporting agencies and community partners with clients who may be challenged by the consequences of self-quarantine or with limited access to necessities. The spread of the Coronavirus means that regular volunteer activities and donation drives to our communities have been suspended.  However, there are several agencies in need of assistance.  We have organized the following list of needs and we encourage you to engage in these activities in the safest way possible. 

Please check this page regularly, we will be posting new organizations weekly. Previously listed organizations PDF

Alternatives for Girls 

Our mission is to help homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and help them to explore and access the support, resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, to grow strong and to make positive choices in their lives. Founded in 1987, Alternatives For Girls (AFG) is a southwest Detroit-based nonprofit organization. We serve homeless and at-risk girls and young women through the following programs: Shelter, Prevention and Outreach 

Donate here

Bridging Communities

Our work will improve the quality of life for the elders of the Southwest Detroit area by meeting their needs; and the needs of the surrounding neighborhoods through creative collaboration, advocacy, and innovative programming. Bridging Communities provides a full range of Eldercare services, as well as housing and neighborhood stabilization programs.  

Donate here

Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA) 

DAAA is a nonprofit agency that serves older persons, adults with disabilities and caregivers residing in Detroit, the five Grosse Pointes, Hamtramck, Harper Woods and Highland Park. We assist older adults, adults with disabilities and caregivers by removing social, economic, physical and psychological barriers and creating aging friendly neighborhoods through nutrition, health and wellness and senior independence. Our programs and services include: 

  • Nutrition Services hot, frozen or liquid nutrition for homebound seniors and adults with disabilities 

  • Health and Wellness workshops to help improve fitness, reduce falls, control and monitor diabetes, and manage chronic diseases and heart disease 

  • Clinical Services home care support 

Donate here

FOCUS: Hope

Recognizing the dignity and beauty of every person, we pledge intelligent and practical action to overcome racism, poverty, and injustice. FOCUS: Hope provides early learning, job training, food for seniors and community advocacy to disrupt racism and poverty.   

Donate here

Spaulding for Children 

We are a private, non-profit, COA accredited child welfare agency, was established in 1968 to find permanent and safe families for children. The organization is comprised of three service entities: Child and Family Services, the Spaulding Institute for Family and Community Development, and the Academy for Family Support and Preservation. 

Get involved and donate here

Additional opportunities to help:

For additional information on the gathering of community needs during COVID-19, we recommend the model D article "COVID-19: How Detroiters are building community, creating solutions."

You can also support our Social Work Warrior students with a donation to our Social Work Student Emergency Scholarship Fund

The State of Michigan has developed a website with volunteer opportunities and ways to give back to fellow Michiganders.