Donate & Volunteer
Supporting Our Neighbors
The best way to help during the COVID-19 pandemic is by supporting local response and relief efforts with a donation. Utah is a service-based state and we know people are eager to help, so we have included options on this page that specifically address the economic, social, and educational impacts of this crisis.
Please make these donations in addition to any of your current charitable giving, and wherever possible consider increasing the support to the organizations you support. Many of these nonprofits will lean heavily on their donors during this challenging time.
Thank you for your generosity in contributing to Utah’s COVID-19 emergency response and economic relief efforts.
Opportunities to volunteer still exist throughout our state. Many organizations need help serving people in need and can accommodate the need for volunteers to remain safe.
Organizations that continue to need volunteers can be found through UServeUtah. To ensure the safety of staff and other volunteers, please sign up in advance so the sponsoring organization is prepared. Anybody who feels sick, shows symptoms of COVID-19, or has been in close contact with another person who has tested positive for the virus should not leave their house to volunteer.
Utah has consistently led the nation in volunteerism and charitable donations.
That spirit of giving will help all of us weather these difficult times.
Healthcare Volunteers Needed
The State of Utah is taking another step to be as prepared as possible to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. An overflow facility is being prepared to care for lower-acuity patients in the instance our hospital bed capacity and staff support become critical. Volunteers with a background in healthcare and/or certification(s) are needed. Please let us know your availability and we will reach out to you when/if the need arises.
Utah Tribal COVID-19 Relief
Indian Country has been hit hard by COVID-19. Utah Tribal COVID-19 Relief is a joint group that has come together to immediately assist Native American Tribes in Utah. There are 8 federally recognized tribal nations in Utah: Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, Navajo Nation, Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation, Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, San Juan Southern Paiute, Skull Valley Band of Goshute, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, and Ute Indian Tribe.
Native Americans are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Tribal communities face challenges that make it difficult to combat COVID-19, such as housing shortages, overcrowding, lack of medical providers in rural areas, and food and water insecurity. The Navajo Nation has been particularly impacted with 2,373 positive cases and 73 confirmed deaths (as of 5/2/20).
The following materials are being collected for the Navajo Nation:
- Disposable masks and cloth/fabric masks
- Cleaning supplies, including disinfectant wipes and spray
- Liquid hand soap and hand sanitizer
- Paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, and tissue)
- Non-perishable food
- Bottled water
- Baby necessities, including formula, diapers, and wipes
- Children’s items (educational materials and learning games)
Donations will be collected through Fri 5/15. No contact drop offs can be made at the following locations:
Wed 5/6 and 5/13 from 3-5pm at Lear & Lear, 808 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City
Sat 5/9 from 11a-1pm at Utah Foster Care, 5296 Commerce Dr., Murray
To arrange drop-off/pick-up of items on other dates, please contact Cliff Parkinson or Beth Parker at email@example.com. We are also collecting monetary donations that will be available to Utah’s federally recognized tribes to meet their COVID-related needs. For more information, please visit: http://indianlaw.utahbar.org/covid-19-tribal-relief-fund.html or contact Heather Tanana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intermountain Healthcare, Latter-day Saint Charities, , University of Utah Health, and Utah non-profits are coming together to support #ProjectProtect in one of the largest community service projects since the 2002 Winter Olympics. If you live in Utah, they need your help! Starting April 21st, you can make medical-grade masks for healthcare workers. The goal is to have 50,000 volunteers sew 5 million masks over a five-week period to make sure our frontline health workers have the protection they need.
Help with Personal Protective Equipment Shortage for Healthcare Workers
COVID-19 PPE Support
Healthcare workers are in need of personal protective equipment (PPE) to help ensure they are protected as they respond to COVID-19. PPE will be distributed as needed to hospitals, local health departments, county emergency managers, and others in need. You can help. Please click on the button below for more information on how to donate PPE and/or financial resources.
Immediate Relief, Public Health & Resources
Silicon Slopes COVID19 Utah Community Response Fund
Responding to urgent needs across the Beehive State, Silicon Slopes has established this fund to exclusively support urgent needs as a result of this pandemic, such as:
- FDA-approved COVID19 test kits to accelerate the diagnosis of fellow Utahns
- Medical supplies for those health professionals and nonprofit workers in contact with potentially infected individuals
Silicon Slopes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. All contributions are tax deductible.
Immediate Support for Vulnerable Populations
United Ways of Utah COVID-19 Community Response Fund
To ensure that all Utahns have the support they need during this pandemic, the United Ways of Utah created this statewide fund to support organizations working with Utahns feeling the economic consequences of the outbreak and expand their capacity to serve more people.
Programs and services supported include:
- Rent and mortgage assistance
- Rapid rehousing, shelter diversion, homeless shelters
- Crisis nurseries and childcare providers
- Healthcare services for vulnerable Utahns
- 211 Information and Referral
Healthy individuals are needed.
Schedule an appointment now to give in the days ahead to help patients counting on lifesaving blood throughout this pandemic. Utah faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. While coronavirus has caused concerns about whether it’s safe to give blood, donation centers have implemented thorough safety protocols to make the blood donation process even safer.
To learn more & sign up to donate:
Nonprofit & Cultural Support
The COVID-19 pandemic poses significant financial risk for Utah’s nonprofit organizations working to assist vulnerable populations and support the cultural vibrancy of our state. UServeUtah has set up a fund that will allocate resources to these organizations to ensure that they can maintain operations as they face an increased need for the services they provide. Your donation will help ease the burden these organizations are facing as we rise to meet this challenge together.
Immediate Support for Food & Beverage Workers
Ty Burrell Downtown Food Service Workers Fund
Many small businesses, in particular the hospitality industry, have been strained as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has resulted in job loss for numerous part-time servers, bartenders, and other food service workers. Salt Lake City restaurants also suffered damage and disruption due to the March 18 earthquake. Through the generosity of Salt Lake City business owner and actor Ty Burrell, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall and the Downtown Alliance have established a fund to assist food service workers impacted by bar and restaurant closures in Salt Lake City.
Support Utah Rural & Minority Small Businesses
If we take care of small business we will take care of all business.
Immediate Relief for COVID-19 Healthcare Frontline
Feeding Our Frontline Fund
RSL and Broadway Media have partnered to establish the “Feeding Our Frontline” community fund. Every dollar raised will provide free meals at hospitals for frontline caregivers working tirelessly to protect our community.
This program is designed to be adaptable to each healthcare system’s needs. Dollars may be used to open up cafeterias for free to caregivers, and/or to provide a take home meal and/or to be used to order takeout from local restaurants.
Donations will be distributed at least once per week to: Steward Health Care, Intermountain Healthcare, University of Utah Hospital and MountainStar Healthcare systems for the ongoing support for Feeding Our Frontlines.
Immediate Relief for Utah’s Native American Communities
Indian Country has been hit hard by COVID-19. Utah Tribal COVID-19 Relief is a joint group that has come together to immediately assist the eight federally recognized tribal nations in Utah: Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, Navajo Nation, Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation, Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, San Juan Southern Paiute, Skull Valley Band of Goshute, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, and Ute Indian Tribe.
You can make a difference today by donating to the Utah Tribal COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Monetary donations are tax deductible and will be used help Utah’s Tribes to meet their COVID related needs (including the immediate procurement of items for Navajo Nation).
Donations over $1000, please email email@example.com to coordinate your donation.