What is Mittens for Detroit?

Mittens for Detroit, Inc., is a nonprofit with the purpose of collecting, purchasing, and distributing new mittens and gloves to children and adults in need in Detroit, Michigan, and other underserved cities. Actress Erin Cummings (Feed the Beast, Madoff, Astronaut Wives Club, Detroit 1-8-7, Spartacus: Blood & Sand) founded Mittens for Detroit in 2010.
Our Collection Season runs from October 1st through January 31st. With growing and enthusiastic public and corporate support, over 168,000 pairs have been collected and purchased in our first six years. Our agencies’ needs are great in our cold Detroit winters. You can help us with our mission – Warming Hearts, Two Hands at a Time. Please visit our GET INVOLVED tab to learn how to donate mittens, make financial contributions, volunteer – and attend our events! Need more information? Please CONTACT US!

How can I help Mittens for Detroit?

You can support Mittens for Detroit in a number of ways!

  • Hold a Mitten-Raiser, encouraging your school, organization, office, service group, or friends to collect new, warm mittens and gloves.
  • Feature a Mitten-Raiser as part of your birthday party, bar/bat mitzvah, graduation celebration, store opening, community service project, wedding, office party… Your creativity is your only limit!
  • Donate! Your tax-deductible monetary donations will help us to purchase new mittens and gloves from our Michigan-based partner, Broner Hat and Glove.
  • Volunteer your time to help with deliveries, pick-ups, and The Big Sort events, October through March.
  • Your retail establishment or company can have a collection box for your customers or staff to fill.

In short, we welcome your help, in whatever fashion is comfortable for you!

Where can I drop off mittens/gloves?

We post our public collection box locations on our website. This list is active October 1st, the beginning of our collection season, through January 31st.

What charities does Mittens for Detroit partner with and why?

A partial list of our nearly 100 Partner Charities is on our website. When Mittens for Detroit was founded, Erin’s goal was to reach a broad spectrum of the Detroit community. With the help of Dave Duey, Erin learned about many of the organizations that were specific to Detroit’s needs, many of which didn’t receive as much attention as some of the larger state-wide and national organizations. “Part of the value in what I do for a living is that I have an opportunity to raise awareness for some of these wonderful charities,” says Cummings. From the Michigan Veteran’s Foundation to Latino Family Services to the Ruth Ellis Center for LGBTQ Youth to St. Patrick’s Senior Center and Gleaners, Mittens for Detroit remains committed to servicing the needs of ALL segments of Detroit’s community without discrimination.

How can I host a collection box for my shop or business?

If you would like a collection box for your retail establishment or company, please contact us prior to October 1st. We ask that any retailers or companies who wish to have a collection box be able to project that they will collect a minimum of 200 pairs. If your company is selected as a collection partner, you will receive notification from us. You will be able to pick up your boxes from us in September, so that you have them in place for the October 1st launch of the collection season! At the end of the collection season, you will deliver your collection off to Mittens for Detroit.

Do you accept gently used mittens and gloves?

No, we only accept new and unused mittens and gloves, in children and adult sizes.

Do you accept handmade gloves?

Yes! There are many charity knitters, crocheters, and upcyclers who donate their time and resources to providing Detroiters with handmade mittens and gloves. We welcome, accept, and appreciate these. We prefer that they are easy-care yarn or fabric. If you choose to line the mittens, please do so with an easy-care fabric. We ask that gloves for children under age 3 be created without embellishments that might pose a safety hazard. Please contact us for more information – info@mittensfordetroit.org. You will find some interesting ideas on our PATTERNS tab.

What do you do with financial donations?

Your tax-deductible financial donations the purchase of new, warm mittens and gloves from Michigan-based 3rd generation Broner Hat & Glove, at a very reduced rate. Your donations also support our operational costs.

Can I volunteer to help Mittens for Detroit?

There are many ways to volunteer for Mittens for Detroit. Our biggest – and most fun – volunteer activity is The Big Sort, which is a series of sorting parties that run from October through March each year. If you are interested in helping, we want to hear from you! Click on the GET INVOLVED tab, click on VOLUNTEER in the drop-down menu, and sign up today! More questions, please contact us – Info@MittensForDetroit.org.

If I donate $1000, can I get a lunch date at American Coney Island in Detroit with Erin Cummings?

If you are going to be in Detroit when Erin is in town, you bet!