Basic Needs Drive


Helping to build a successful community is part of Wayne State University's urban mission. Lending helpful hands to uplift those in need is a critical cornerstone.

From April 1- April 21, 2017, the Wayne State University Athletics Department W Week Community Service Initiative, in partnership with Wayne Cares and Covenant House Michigan, will host a drive to collect small toiletry items to make basic needs bags for those in need in our community and for Covenant House Michigan's efforts to help young people in transition.

This is the sixth year Wayne Cares has partnered with WSU Athletics, The Westin Hotel and Covenant House for the annual Basic Needs Drive to collect toiletry items for area homeless youth and adults. Last year, WSU student athletes, WSU students and volunteers distributed more than 2,000 basic needs bags to the homeless in Cass Park, Neighborhood Services Organization (NSO), Mariners Inn, and Covenant House. Wayne Cares is grateful to collaborate with WSU Atheltics W Week Community Service Initiative again this year to collect even more items for the community.

Below is a list of critical items needed; we hope you will help support this drive. 

Suggested Items

Roll of toilet paper Comb
Toothbrush Brush
Toothpaste Chap Stick
Hand sanitizer Deodorant
Bar soap Plastic Utensils
Sanitary napkins (female) Baby Wipes
Socks (most asked for item) Small Mirror
Travel size Shampoo Small Lotion
Disposable Razor Band Aids
Shaving Cream Wash Cloth

Items can be donated at the following locations across campus 

WSU Locations

In Partnership with

For more information, contact Candice Howard at 313.577.3048 or