Volunteer Information

FEDERAL RESOURCES

If you are looking for ways to help our nation respond to COVID-19, refer to FEMA’s “How to Help” guidance here. At the federal level, offers of assistance to be directed to:

  • If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please email FEMA’s National Business Emergency Operations Center at nbeoc@fema.dhs.gov
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs is asking retired VA medical staff to assist communities during the coronavirus pandemic. If you are a retired physician, nurse, or other medical professional willing to return to work, click here to register.
  • The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. To find where you can donate blood, visit www.redcross.org
  • For those who want to help older Americans and seniors: AARP Community Connections brings volunteers together to support those people most in need who live in their local community. Mutual aid can include picking up groceries, providing financial assistance, or lending emotional support to your neighbors. The site also features links to important resources, including help lines, volunteer support networks, and community chat rooms to help people stay connected and fight social isolation.

STATE RESOURCES

If you are looking for ways to help our state respond to COVID-19, visit the  "Maryland Unites" initiative webpage here, which includes information on Meals on Wheels, Maryland Food Bank, Red Cross, the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps, and more.

At the state level, offers of assistance to be directed to:

  • Donations of PPE supplies from individuals or healthcare providers - please send email inquiry to the state at: request.mema@maryland.gov
  • Donations from the private sector/businesses - please send email inquiry to the state at: psector@maryland.gov
  • Individual offers of volunteer time and donations: ngs.mema@maryland.gov
  • Hotels and other vendors can contact: dgs.mema@maryland.gov. From there, DGS will send out an invitation/application to become an emergency supplier.
  • Maryland is seeking active and retired health care professionals, medical students, and other interested volunteers to help communities fighting the coronavirus. If you are interested in volunteering, click here to register.
  • Maryland also has established the Maryland Unites website, which has details on how Marylanders can help: governor.maryland.gov/marylandunites
  • More information on donation and volunteer opportunities is available here.
  • As of March 29, disaster relief agencies are partnering to open four locations around the state to accept donations of specialized medical equipment and some cleaning supplies to support the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and other state agencies. Learn more.