Raise Your Voice

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The Take the Mic Contest is in its final stages! We received dozens of entries from people across Michigan looking to make a difference and spread positive messaging about Covid. A team of community leaders selected the finalists, and now it's time to choose your favorites! Learn more on the the About the Contest page.

We want your input!

You can vote for up to three entries in each category

You can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by sharing these messages

Help get the word out and tell your friends to vote too!

¡Queremos su opinión!

Usted puede votar hasta tres participaciones en cada categoría

Usted puede ayudar a detener la propagación del COVID-19 Compartiendo estos mensajes

¡Ayude a correr la voz y dígale a sus amigos que también voten!

نريد مساهمتك!

يمكنك التصويت لما يصل إلى ثلاثة إدخالات في كل فئة

يمكنك المساعدة في وقف انتشار COVID-19 عن طريق مشاركة هذه الرسائل

ساعد في نشر الخبر واطلب من أصدقائك التصويت أيضًا!

Word Submissions

Participación escrita

عمليات إرسال الكلمات

Be your brother's keeper

A vaccine taker,

Mask wearer,

A true life saver

Entry #1: SJ W.

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Be Your Brother’s Keeper

Poem about keeping your loved ones safe from COVID

Sea el guardián de su hermano

Poema acerca de cómo mantener a sus seres queridos a salvo del COVID

كن حارساً لأخيك

قصيدة عن الحفاظ على أحبائك في مأمن من داء الكوفيد

At the window

I gaze

Observing my dad

Grateful for the opportunity

To see him

In person…

Sort of

He looks over and sees me

And smiles

Thankfully the med tech

Is loving and kind

She helps him move to the window

We touch the glass pane

And speak through masks

It’s tough with a hearing loss

And a window in between

And lost hearing aids

But the smiles are worth it

The kiss blowing

Twinkling eyes

And the “I love you”

Makes it better

And so worth it

Despite the barriers and restrictions

The separation

In the midst of all this we find

Our peace and joy

Entry #2: Julie P.

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Window Pain

Poem about watching a parent from the window to keep them safe

Dolor a través de la ventana

Poema acerca de ver a los Padres a través de una ventana para mantenerlos a salvo

نافذة الألم

قصيدة عن مشاهدة أحد الوالدين من النافذة للحفاظ على سلامتهم

Witnessing nature unfolding

Life emerging

Embracing challenges

At every turn

Living in the moments

Drinking it all in


Will there be enough of me?

Saying farewell

To memories, people, things

Painful and joyful

At the same time

You know the plans Lord

Future and Hope

Banking on that promise

Hoping for healing

Grateful for what has been healed

Just around the river bend…

Help me wait

And discover with guidance

The tools and the opportunities

To cope, comfort, and sustain

In these new waters

Changes ahead

Entry #3: Julie P.

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Reflections on changes


Reflexiones de los cambios


تأملات في التغييرات

A part of me died yesterday

Looking in the window at Dad

A shell of himself

Battered and bruised


The signs were there

Sleeping more

Moving less

Falling even more

The caregivers we’ve seen

Are so kind and caring

Yet, they are not enough

To care for all the needs

Families and friends

Are not allowed in

Due to COVID restrictions

So the needs continue

And isolation increases

With no reserves

And cognition diminishing

It’s hard to believe that

Quality of life

Is there at all

Grieving on many levels

Love you Dad ❤️

Entry #4: Julie P.

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A Part of Me Died Yesterday

Grieving for loss of seeing a parent due to COVID restrictions

Una parte de mi murió ayer

Tristeza por perderse de ver a los Padres debido a las restricciones del COVID

جزء مني مات بالأمس

الحزن على رؤية فقدان أحد الوالدين بسبب القيود المفروضة على داء الكوفيد COVID

Wear a mask they say

Stay in and spread out

Try to get through the day

All of it makes me want to shout!

Constantly changing habits

Filled with frustration and dread

Spending all day on different gadgets

All so someone else doesn’t end up dead.

Nothing is perfect

But we can all help mitigate the threat

Work together to protect

Take precaution to avoid the regret.

We are all soldiers

But some may not have the strength

The responsibility does not land on one person’s shoulders

We all must work on the same wavelength.

We are all humans

Together we can avoid ruin

Wear a mask, I promise,

We can all get through this task

Wash your hands

We all want to get back to our plans

Stay apart, and save everyone with a heart

Let’s work together, and survive altogether!

Entry #5: Elizabeth R.

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Wear a Mask

Reflections on COVID precautions with a focus on wearing a mask

Use la mascarilla

Reflexiones sobre las precauciones del COVID con un enfoque en el uso de la mascarilla

إرتدي قناعاً

تأملات في الإحتياطات من داء الكورونا COVID مع التركيز على ارتداء قناع

Vote here for up to 3 favorites in the Written entries!

Media Submissions

Participación con otros Medios de Comunicación

التقديمات الإعلامية

Listen to the song:

Entry #1: Jeff K.

Over and Over

A song about impact of COVID on frontline workers and ways to keep our community safe

Una y otra vez

Una canción sobre el impacto del COVID en los trabajadores de primera línea y las maneras de mantener segura a nuestra comunidad

مراراً وتكراراً

أغنية عن تأثير داء الكورونا COVID على العاملين في الخطوط الأمامية وطرق الحفاظ على مجتمعنا آمنًا.

Entry #2: Emily F.

Máscaras/Tapabocas/Cubrebocas- Masks

This video goes over how to properly use masks


Este video contiene información sobre cómo usar los tapabocas correctamente

أقنعة / أغطية الوجه / أغطية الوجه - أقنعة

يحتوي هذا الفيديو على معلومات حول كيفية استخدام الأقنعة بشكل صحيح

Entry #3: Heather W.

Spread Hope, Not COVID

Graphic image of a women wearing a mask

Propagar Esperanza, No COVID

Imagen gráfica de una mujer con una mascarilla

أنشر الأمل ، وليس داء الكوفيد

صورة بيانية لامرأة ترتدي قناعا

Entry #4: Elizabeth R.

Rae, the COVID Protector

Animated video of how a music teacher adapts to COVID

Rae, la protectora del COVID

Video animado de como un profesor de música se adapta al COVID

راي Rae، حامي من فيروس كورونا

فيديو بالرسوم المتحركة يوضح كيف يتكيّف مدرِّس الموسيقى مع داء الكوفيد

Entry #5: Natsume O.

Help Michigan Out, Wear a Mask

Animation of state of Michigan turning into someone putting on a mask

Ayuda a Michigan, usa la mascarilla

Animación del Estado de Michigan convirtiéndose en alguien que se pone una mascarilla

ساعد ميشيغان في الخروج من الوباء ، إرتدِي قناعًا

صورة متحركة لولاية ميشيغان تتحول إلى شخص يرتدي قناعًا

Entry #6: Sarah B.

I got mine today!

A picture of community member getting their COVID-19 vaccine

Tuve la mía hoy!

Una foto de un miembro de la comunidad recibiendo su vacuna del COVID

حصلت على قناعي اليوم!

صورة لأحد أِفراد الجالية بينما يحصل على لقاح الكوفيد-19

Vote here for up to 3 favorites in the Other Media entries!

The top entries in each category will win prizes:
Written word entries Other media entries
1st place $500 $500
2nd place $250 $250
3rd place $100 $100