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. 

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

Hand-Sewn Face Coverings/Masks

Following the CDC’s updated recommendation regarding the public use of cloth face covering, we are working with UnityPoint Health – Meriter on collecting hand-sewn masks. Presently UW Health has enough Personal Protection Equipment for our frontline staff to keep our patients and staff safe. These masks may be offered to other staff who may choose to wear them for non-patient care duties.

We encourage anyone who wants to make masks to review the instructions below and start sewing! We thank our partners at UnityPoint Health – Meriter and the Meriter Foundation for taking the lead on this initiative – and of course thanks to those of you who have sewn or will sew masks.

Mask Instructions

*Please construct through STEP 10 and launder masks prior to dropping off.*

Mask instruction video

Please visit UnityPoint Health Meriter’s website for information about where and when to donate:

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

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.

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

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.