How to Help

The COVID-19 outbreak has left thousands of Wisconsinites struggling, whether it is to keep the doors of their businesses open, pay their rent or mortgage, feed their families, or just to stay healthy. 

Yet, as is the case during any challenging time, there is a resounding determination among individuals who seek to help their friends, neighbors, and communities. If you are looking to lend a hand, here’s how to help in Madison:

Ways you can help right now:

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and a decrease in blood donations, health care providers across the state have expressed a desperate need for people to donate blood. Additionally, research has shown that antibodies in the plasma of people who have fully-recovered from COVID-19 can help those who are seriously ill fight off infection.  Find out where and how to donate blood or plasma. [Visit Website]

The State of Wisconsin is now hiring Contact Tracers on both a part-time and full-time basis to support the Department of Health Services (DHS) in performing COVID-19 contact tracing. Contact Tracers will aim to call every person diagnosed with COVID-19, gather their contacts, and proceed to call every contact in Wisconsin. This will fortify efforts to control the pandemic in Wisconsin.

For more information on job specifications, qualifications, and to apply: [Visit Website]

The United Way of Dane County has established an emergency relief fund and a volunteer database to help those in need.  

  • United Way of Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund [Donate]
  • Search for volunteer opportunities [Visit Website]

For active and retired healthcare professionals, as well as those who want to help in a non-clinical support position, Governor Evers has Wisconsin Emergency Assistance Volunteer Registry. [Sign up]

UW-Health is launching a program to provide child care services to essential healthcare staff. If you are able to provide child care, sign up. [Visit Website]

In order to provide assistance to students struggling with travel and moving expenses, housing and food costs, and physical and mental health needs, the university has established an Emergency Student Support Fund. [Donate Here]

The River Food Pantry: To help provide meals to community members, donate to The River Food Pantry COVID-19 Emergency Food Fund. [Donate]

If you are looking to help in another way, The River is seeking healthy volunteers to help with food distribution, client registration and mobile lunch distribution. Sign up to volunteer. [Volunteer] 

Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin - Donate to the coronavirus response fund [Donate]

Second Harvest is also seeking healthy volunteers to help package food boxes. Volunteers who help us package the Care Boxes do so in large open spaces that have been setup to accommodate appropriate social distancing. Sign up to help. [Volunteer]