How You Can Help

Thank you for your gracious offers to donate items, resources and time to help our community respond to COVID-19. We appreciate your generosity and sincere wishes to help. Below are details on how you can support both the healthcare community and each other during this time.

Please check back to this site for the most up to date information as the situation is constantly evolving and we will update how you can help on a regular basis. 

Hand-Sewn Masks

There has been overwhelming response to our email request on the sewing of masks. At this time, we will not be able to use volunteer support in this area. Since we sent out our call for people to sew, we have started to instead work with manufacturers who can rapidly produce masks that meet the requirements necessary for the protection of our healthcare workers. We are extremely grateful for these offers and would love to accept your help in other ways.

Financial Donations

We are working with the community to protect and care for the health of our patients, community and hospital staff. As the COVID-19 outbreak grows, teams throughout UW Health hospitals, clinics, and research labs are actively monitoring and quickly responding to the evolving situation.

If you would like to support our efforts please consider a donation to the UW Health COVID-19 Response Fund at

Your donation will be used to address the urgent needs of patients and caregivers impacted by COVID-19, and to support emerging areas of greatest need, such as:

  • Provide support to patients experiencing financial hardship through this time
  • Provide food and other support to our staff to ensure our workforce is ready to serve our community
  • Purchase emergency equipment and supplies required for our response.
  • Meet emerging needs

Your donation may also be used to combat COVID-19 through a number of research efforts.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

We can ONLY ACCEPT new or unused equipment from the most-needed items list. Please do not drop off used, opened or expired items.

Review the list of items needed and their descriptions

We cannot accept clothes, toys, blankets, books, magazines or other items at this time.

If you have most-needed items to drop off or mail, please fill out this form and bring with you to the drop-off site or include in your package.

Donation Directions

Drop Off
Parking Lot 
Hours: Monday-Friday – 10am–2pm 
20 S. Park St. 
Madison, WI 53715 
View map and driving directions  

Please enter the parking lot via the Brooks Street entrance. Look for signs and/or a UW Health vehicle in the parking lot.

UW Health 
ATTN: Sue Strandlie (PPE Donation) 
20 S. Park St. 
Madison, WI 53715

For questions or large donations, please send us an email:

Donate Blood

The Red Cross receives most of its blood supply from blood drives. At this time, most blood drives are being rescheduled or delayed, creating a national blood shortage, and donations are urgently needed. Come back to this site for updates about future blood drives. Contact your local American Red Cross chapter to make an appointment to donate blood today.

Donate Time

For the safety and health of our community, we have suspended our UW Health Volunteer Services roles.  

These measures are part of UW Health’s response to the COVID-19 situation. If you are interested in providing some community volunteer support during this time of great need, please go to to learn more about the Dane County COVID-19 response efforts.

We thank you greatly for your understanding as we work to address the current, and quickly changing, state of affairs.

Support Childcare for Healthcare Workers and First Responders

Together, UnityPoint Health – Meriter, UW Health and EPIC opened additional space to serve as a backup childcare center for children of essential healthcare workers and first responders. UnityPoint Health – Meriter is accepting financial gifts to support childcare resources in the new space within its COVID-19 Compassion Fund. Learn How You Can Help

Donate Food for Staff

We are grateful for the interest shown by our community to support our staff during this challenging time. The continued health and readiness of our employees are critical to our ability to serve our communities. To protect our staff, we are asking people interested in donating food to make a financial donation to the UW Health COVID-19 Response Fund. We will use a portion of these funds to provide safe snacks for our staff. Unfortunately, donated food coming in from outside of UW Health introduces risk to our staff.

While we are unable to accept donations of food into our system, we recognize many in our community are struggling for food and resources during this time. We encourage you to consider donating food to local food banks and meal programs in the community.  

Stay Home

One way we can all help each other is social distancing. This is an important strategy to limit the spread of COVID-19, which is highly contagious. This includes avoiding public places and face-to-face interactions. If you have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 but are not currently sick, please self-quarantine for 14 days. And if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, it is critical that you monitor your symptoms and self-isolate.