Donate and Volunteer
We welcome those interested in donating unused personal protective equipment or volunteering to assist with COVID-19 response efforts, but we’re reminding the public that self-isolation is the most important action you can take to help prevent spread of COVID-19 during this pandemic.
People who previously contracted COVID-19 can sign up to donate serum/plasma to assist in the recovery of patients who are hospitalized.
Sign up here: https://vitalant.org/COVIDFree
The Washoe County Health District (WCHD) Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is accepting volunteer registrations of public health, medical, and other individuals. If you are interested in sharing your medical experience as a volunteer and sign up as a Washoe County MRC at ServNV.org.
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers are trained in disaster response and preparedness. If you would like more information about CERT and volunteering with them you can find it at washoecert.org.
Discover other local volunteer opportunities through NV Volunteer Connect at nvvolunteerconnect.org.
The COVID-19 Incident Management Team (IMT) is accepting donations of sterile, unopened Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from businesses. In order to effectively manage these donations, the IMT is asking for any of the following:
- Masks – N95, surgical or dust
- Face shields
- Protective eyewear
Businesses that have ceased operations or have excess stock should call Washoe 311 (Dial 3-1-1) or email email@example.com if they have these unopened, sterile items. If the material is needed by the IMT, a representative of the Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) will contact the business to arrange pick-up or delivery.
The Nevada COVID-19 Response, Relief and Recovery Task Force, recently established the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, a public-private partnership overseen by Gov. Steve Sisolak’s office and the Nevada Health Response Center. The fund provides:
- Grants and payments to assist the State of Nevada and its political subdivisions in responding to COVID-19;
- Assistance and supplies to first responders and healthcare providers (individuals and institutions);
- Aids Nevada nonprofits in addressing and recovering from the COVID-19 emergency;
- Assistance to Nevada residents impacted by the COVID-19 emergency, particularly those most vulnerable because of health, economic or other circumstances; and,
- Payments as deemed appropriate to respond to the COVID-19 emergency.
Online donations to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund may be made here.
Community Foundation of Western Nevada COVID-19 Relief Fund
In cooperation with the City of Reno, the City of Sparks, and Washoe County, the Community Foundation has established a charitable relief fund to help address needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic in northern Nevada.
United Way Community Fund
United Way is taking donations for and committing to helping communities impacted by the virus. The donations are meant to help people in need of food and shelter. Learn more and donate here.