Spurred into action by the Covid-19 pandemic, the leaders of 25+ local Indian organizations have created the Michigan Indian-American Community Service Group, or MICS. MICS is a collective initiative with the mission of uniting the Indian American community in order to effectively meet local needs.
Several task forces have been created to address community needs. There are currently 100+ volunteers, of which 25 are youth volunteers who bring a wonderful energy to the group.
The Senior Assistance Group is helping deliver groceries to our vulnerable populations, organizing online classes such as yoga or bingo, and teaching Seniors how to use new technology to stay connected to loved ones.
The Business Support Group is helping families and small businesses navigate the financial effects of this crisis, as well as providing immigration and legal assistance on a pro-bono basis. MICS is hosting a variety of information sessions by Michigan professionals covering topics such as government-offered incentives, the latest medical information, employment and family benefits, and how to support mental health concerns such as stress, anxiety, and depression in these times.
The Student Assist Group is aiding international students from India with issues such as immigration matters and grocery delivery since campuses are closed.
A task force is raising funds and delivering meals to frontline workers. To date, this group has collected over $10,000 and delivered 1,000+ meals with another $60,000 in pledged donations. There is also a task group purchasing and sewing masks to donate to hospitals and other medical facilities in need.
We have started a medical hotline (248-873-2020) to answer any and all COVID-19 related questions and concerns. The hotline is staffed by practicing doctors and is available Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm EST.
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