Our DBG family always sticks together

Especially when times get tough.

All Michigan schools and our after-school program are currently closed due to COVID-19, but our team is working harder than ever to provide the tools and resources our students need during this challenging time.

Here's what we're doing:

Providing Emergency Food

  • So many of our families were already dealing with food insecurity before COVID-19 and were on the verge of barely making ends meet.
  • While some locations in Detroit are distributing emergency food, transportation barriers create an extra challenge for our families.
  • We are packing up fresh produce, prepared meals, pantry staples, and more and delivering them using our vans every week.

Distributing Essential Supplies

  • During a pandemic, cleaning supplies are essential for safety, but they’re some of the hardest items to find in stores right now.
  • We are making sure our families have what they need to stay healthy and avoid the risk of spreading the virus.

Providing Academic/Technology Support

  • With schools closed until next school year, our students need more academic support than ever to avoid falling behind.
  • We are providing daily virtual (online) tutoring and mentoring, follow-along science experiments, social-emotional skills building, lesson plans, and more.
  • We’re also working to get laptops into the hands of our students who need them to help bridge the technology gap.

Helping Our Students Stay Fit

  • Physical fitness is key for strengthening immunity and improving health.
  • Our coaches are leading daily group workouts via Zoom to keep our students active and connected.

Click below to donate so we can provide care packages, meals, online tutoring, online workouts and more!          

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We will continue to support the needs of our students and families and provide whatever it takes for as long as it takes. We train kids for life. And this is life. It’s what we do. We will keep you updated.

Thank you so much for your support, now more than ever. We will get through this together.

FAQs about DBG during the COVID-19 pandemic

Right now, the best way to help DBG is through donations. We are using the funds to provide emergency meals and care packages, academic packets, and items like computers for virtual tutoring and mentorship and workout equipment for online workouts. Donate here to support our efforts. You can also purchase items from our emergency Amazon Wishlist. Or, contact info@dbgdetroit.org if you are a restaurant that can provide fresh meals or for our DBG families.

A: While we sincerely appreciate this question, we are unable to accept donations of food or other supplies at this time. Please donate here to help us provide food to our families or purchase items from our Emergency Wishlist. If you are a restaurant and would like to help out, please email us at info@dbgdetroit.org.

 Thank you for your interest! We are currently at capacity for volunteers. As our needs evolve in response to current events, we will post available opportunities. We look forward to being able to work with you soon.

The top 5 things DBG needs right now are food (staples: beans, rice, canned food, bread), paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, etc.), paper, books, and the items on our Emergency Wishlist. But if there’s something else unique you can provide, please let us know. The help is greatly appreciated.

DBG staff members are making phone calls and putting together delivery routes. Food is being delivered by our drivers in our vans with the assistance of coaches. There is no need for families to sign up at this time. We will be keeping in touch.

We need a minimum of 150, one for each of our students who range in age from 8-18 or 3rd-12th grade. Our hope is that each student will be able to take advantage of the virtual tutoring, mentorship and workouts we’re providing to stay healthy, stay on top of their schoolwork, and stay connected to our DBG family until schools reopen.

The DBG team is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and best practices from hand washing and social distancing to limiting meetings to people 10 or less. We have also done an even deeper cleaning and sanitizing of our building and will continue to take proactive steps to keep everyone safe.

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