Thank you for the overwhelming support and willingness to volunteer in our communities during this historic time. It is incredible to see so many of our students stepping up to help.

Please remember that these activities are all voluntary and use caution to fully implement required public health measures such as masking, physical distancing and good hand hygiene with any volunteer opportunities.

School of Medicine and Public Health-specific opportunities

Senior Chats

The School of Medicine and Public Health is partnering with local Madison nursing homes to match a medical student with a nursing home resident to make weekly phone calls. The goal of this program is to help provide social support at a distance for elderly individuals who are experiencing feelings of separation and disconnection during the COVID-19 stay at home orders.   

Contact Athena Wilson at or Sarah Daggett at for more information. 

Med Supply Drive WI

Across the nation, local volunteers and working to gather personal protective equipment (PPE) in the community and redistribute it to frontline and essential works. In Wisconsin, groups of volunteers in Green Bay, Madison and Milwaukee are working with local community organizations, businesses, public health offices, emergency operation centers, hospitals and more to allocate PPE to people in need. Help support these efforts and learn more by checking out their Instagram account and the national website. Contact Angela Ai at for more information.

Childcare for UW Health essential health care workers

UW Health initiated a process to match childcare needs of essential healthcare workers with individuals able to provide care during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. With the closure of many childcare agencies, many essential workers at UW Health are in need of help.

If you are available and willing to help provide childcare, complete the survey or find more information from the Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education.

Milwaukee volunteer opportunities

Students can contact Melissa Lemke, program manager for the TRIUMPH program, at for volunteer opportunities in the Milwaukee city area.

Community opportunities

Blood donations

There are critical needs to blood donations throughout the country. Check with your local blood donation organization to find out how to donate. Find a drive through the American Red Cross or the Blood Center of Wisconsin. Learn more about donor eligibility requirements or additional ways you can help others during COVID-19.

Food pantries

Many food pantries are serving more people than usual due to COVID-related unemployment. They are also working hard to find safer strategies like curbside pickup. Wherever you are, there may be a food pantry in need of volunteers.

River Food Pantry

Support the COVID-19 Emergency Food Fund by giving a monetary donation to help provide boxes of groceries for local households and pre-bagged lunches for children. Become a Food Bridge volunteer to deliver food to low-income older adults in the community. 

Questions can be directed to or 608-442-8815.

Second Harvest

Help pack emergency food boxes at one of Second Harvest’s Mobile Pantries. They have taken measures to make sure volunteers are following social distancing precautions and following no touch in-take procedures. Learn more and then sign up to get involved.

St. Vincent de Paul

Asking for monetary donations in order to purchase food items in bulk at reduced prices. Find out other ways to help St. Vincent de Paul through the organization's website.

Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens

Volunteers are needed every week to plant, week and harvest in all the gardens. Join for one session this summer or weekly. The Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens are enacting safety practices to ensure the well being of all its volunteers. Learn more from the organization's website.