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. 

Donate Plasma or Blood

People who have recovered from a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 and would like to donate their plasma for use in this experimental treatment can learn more by calling the Red Cross about donation 1-800-733-2767. Doctors treating COVID-19 cases at any hospital can register their patients at uscovidplasma.org.

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. Contact your local American Red Cross chapter to make an appointment to donate blood today.

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 continues, 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.

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 food delivered right to our COVID-19 front line caregivers
  • Provide an emergency daycare option for essential staff so they can care for patients
  • Support our world-wide search for patient and staff personal protective equipment
  • Provide support to patients and staff experiencing financial hardship during this pandemic
  • Increase testing and treatment capacity
  • Meet other emerging needs

Food/Meal Donations

With all the uncertainties caused by COVID-19, sometimes the simplest of things – like a good meal or a satisfying snack – can provide comfort. This is especially true for our health care workers and front-line staff who are working long shifts under unusual and stressful conditions as they provide remarkable care to our patients.

UW Health is accepting donations to help keep frontline COVID-19 hospital and ambulatory clinic faculty and staff nourished and hydrated so they can continue to provide excellent care.

If you are interested in helping, here are the options:

Donate food from a local company or restaurant

  • Visit the Meal Train website to purchase food of your choice and have it prepared and delivered from a local restaurant or company.
  • Find a date, shift and location where you would like food to be delivered. Click on “volunteer for this.”
  • Contact a vendor of your choice (local restaurant or catering company) to prepare the food.
  • The vendor will deliver food to one of the two drop-off locations:
    • University Hospital 600 Highland Ave., 53792. Atrium entrance.  From Highland Ave., turn into the loading dock area of University Hospital. The atrium entrance is on the left before you get to the loading dock.
    • UW Health at The American Center, 4602 Eastpark Blvd., 53758. Staff parking lot entrance.
    • Culinary Services staff will accept and distribute food to employees.

Requirements for food donations

  • Food must be prepared by restaurants or catering services who prepare food professionally and abide by safe food-handling practices.
  • Food must be wrapped individually or portioned as a single-serving item.

Donate snacks and beverages

  • We accept shelf-stable, individually wrapped, ready-to-eat snack items in unopened boxes or cases
  • Due to storage constraints, a case is the minimum beverage donation
  • We cannot accept regular soda, regular energy drinks, or fruit-flavored beverages sweetened with sugar

Drop-off donations of snack and beverages:

UW Health 20 S. Park Clinic (north building)
20 S. Park St. 53715
Monday–Friday, 10 am–2 pm
Directions: Please enter the parking lot via the Brooks Street entrance. Look for signs and/or a UW Health vehicle in the parking lot. The van might not be staffed at all times.

Mailing address for snacks and beverages:

Culinary Services – COVID-19 Donations
Attention: Megan Waltz
600 Highland Ave., F4/120
Madison, WI 53792-1510

Donate restaurant gift cards

Please mail restaurant gift cards to:

Guest Services – COVID-19 Donations
Attention: Shawn Arneson
600 Highland Ave., G7/222
Madison, WI 53792-2418

Hand-Sewn Face Coverings

Please note we are not accepting donations of hand-sewn face coverings (masks).

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

If you have most-needed items to donate, please send through the U.S. Mail or schedule a special drop-off appointment by emailing donatecovid19@uwhealth.org.

We can ONLY ACCEPT new or unused equipment from the most-needed items listWe cannot accept 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, please fill out this form and mail with your package or bring with you at your scheduled appointment.

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

For questions or large donations, please send us an email: donatecovid19@uwhealth.org

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 http://www.volunteeryourtime.org/ 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

Stay Home

One way we can all help each other is physical 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.