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How You can Make a Difference

In times of uncertainty, helping others can have a significant impact.  To make the most of your contributions, it’s important to follow these guidelines for donating and volunteering responsibly. 


Financial contributions to recognized organizations are the fastest, most flexible, and most effective method of donating. Organizations on the ground know what items and quantities are needed, often buy in bulk with discounts and frequently purchase through businesses local to the affected area, which supports economic recovery. Critical needs change rapidly, so do not collect or distribute donations of supplies without understanding community needs.

To find a list of trusted organizations supporting COVID-19 response efforts that can put your generous contributions of money, donations, and time to the best possible use, visit National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

If you would like to donate bulk medical supplies or equipment (not individual items or small qualities), please provide us details on what you are offering.


Don’t self-deploy to affected areas.  Trusted organizations operating in the affected areas know where volunteers are needed, and can ensure appropriate volunteer safety, training and housing. You can offer your services by visiting National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster to find and connect with organizations in your area that might need volunteer support. 

Licensed Healthcare professionals that want to volunteer can get information on eligibility, view credential levels by clinical competency and register with the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals in their state. Medical Reserve Corps  volunteers can help in different ways in their communities (call centers, drive through clinics, and more) by contacting a unit in their area.

Volunteers are also currently needed to donate blood. Many blood drives have been cancelled, impacting the supply. Blood donation centers have the highest standards of safety and infection control. To find where you can donate blood, visit the American Red Cross.

Last updated April 22, 2020