How Can I Help?

There are many ways for individuals, businesses and nonprofits to get involved in the fight against COVID-19, regardless of whether or not you are employed in the medical field.  The State of Illinois has several volunteer opportunities listed on its Coronavirus (COVID-19) that you can find here.

The State of Illinois currently has a need for personal protective equipment, volunteers, and donations to the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund.  More information on these ways to help out our state can be found at

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has also compiled a comprehensive list of ways to get involved on its website here.  Areas of greatest need include:


Healthcare Providers

The State of Illinois is calling on all licensed healthcare providers available to help in the fight against COVID-19—to register here.  This includes physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, physicianassistants, medics, LPNs, CNAs, Podiatrists, and Dentists. Individuals that register may potentially be contacted to work in a hospital surge or alternative housing setting.

HHS maintains a registry of advanced medical professionals to volunteer during times of emergencies via The Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals that you can find out more information about here.

The City of Chicago is hiring medical assistants, nurses, and other positions to work in the City's COVID-19 efforts. More information about these employment opportunities can be found here.


Blood Donations

As the COVID-19 situation has evolved, the American Red Cross has seen blood drives cancelled across the country. Healthy, eligible individuals are encouraged to donate blood. To find a blood drive, visit here.

For those who have recovered from COVID-19 the American Red Cross is seeking volunteers to donate plasma via the COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Program. More information can be found here.


Donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

If you are interested in donating much-needed personal protective equipment, such as masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes, Serve Illinois has information on what donations they are looking for and how to donate. Learn more here. The City of Chicago is also hosting a Citywide Cloth Mask Drive. Residents can make and donate homemade cloth masks that will be provided to homeless shelters, community health clinics, essential public sector workers, and other organizations in the Chicago area. For more information on how to make the masks click here.


Donations for Homeless Veterans

On May 18th, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced a new initiative requesting the public make donations to help provide emergency relief and facilitate remote access to healthcare for veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. The VA has asked individuals and organizations to donate essential items such as nonperishables to combat food insecurity and new mobile phones to help veterans access VA telehealth services. Monetary donations will also be accepted to help veterans pay for security deposits for living arrangements to prevent homelessness. Additional information and resources to help can be found on a VA news release here.


Business Donations

If your business has a unique donation to help with Illinois’s and our nation’s COVID-19 response efforts, please email Congressman Lipinski’s office with information at


Feeding America

No one should go hungry during the COVID-19 pandemic. With school closures, job disruptions, and health risks, millions of Americans will turn to food banks for much-needed support. They can't do it alone and you can help. Click here to learn more about how you can help through Feeding America.


United Way

United Way has put together ways for people who are not in a high-risk group and want to help can get involved to help, which can be found here.


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