Labor and Economic Opportunity
The Michigan Community Service Commission, the state's lead agency on volunteerism, launched the Michigan Heroes Campaign virtual recognition website to celebrate individuals and organizations that have made a difference during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond in Michigan.
"Michigan residents gave their time and talent to help the state succeed in many different ways during the pandemic," said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. "To celebrate these heroes, I encourage Michiganders to go online and nominate individuals and the many organizations that helped mobilize to serve others during the COVID-19 pandemic."
Submissions to the Michigan Community Service Commission virtual recognition website will highlight Michigan residents that have made Michigan stronger and more resilient. Anyone can nominate a hero by visiting miheroesproject.org.
The early focus of the Michigan Heroes campaign will be to highlight the response and recovery of the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone can be nominated for helping others. Nominees will be put through a brief screening to make sure they meet certain criteria, then their story will be featured on the website.
One of the heroes already nominated is Pat Munshaw of East Lansing, a retired 81-year-old registered nurse (RN) who stepped forward to volunteer to help deliver COVID-19 vaccine shots. Munshaw volunteers several times a week through both the Ingham County Health Department and Sparrow Hospital and has administered more than 500 COVID-19 vaccine injections.
"It was a simple decision to volunteer because I have the time, I have the skill set, and they needed help," Munshaw said. "I like the socialization and mental stimulation you get while volunteering. Volunteering is really fun and fulfilling to me."
The Michigan Heroes Campaign will recognize the service to others that occurs every day throughout the State of Michigan. Michiganders are encouraged to begin their hero journey at Michigan Nonprofit Guide, miserves.org, to connect with a nonprofit organization to volunteer or donate to the cause they are passionate about.
"As we continue the road to recovery, we want to unite our state and recognize heroic efforts that have transformed lives," said Michigan Community Service Commission Executive Director Ginna Holmes. "During challenging times, Michiganders have lifted each other up. Their collective heroism should inspire us all to make a difference."