Donate & Volunteer to help
Providing verified disaster relief organizations offers to volunteer or donations of goods and services is often the most sensible and most efficient way of helping people in need after a disaster. Another option is to submit your contribution offer of goods and services to Washington Emergency Management Division. If there is a match between a donated good or service and an existing need, the appropriate organization will be in contact with you.
Join the Washington Mask Challenge
The Lt. Governor’s office has partnered with the United Ways of the Pacific Northwest and Serve Washington to organize a statewide homemade mask-making initiative to encourage the general public to make, wear, and donate cloth masks. Visit www.wamaskchallenge.org for information.
All In WA
All In WA is a coalition of Washingtonians across the public, private and philanthropic sectors helping workers and families across the state. A full 100% of all donations to the All In WA Fund will go directly to help those in need. Specific causes include food security, youth experiencing homelessness, support for small businesses, impacted communities and more.
Check on Older Neighbors with a Call, Text, or Talk through the door.
Personal Protective equipment
Washington state is working to source and deliver personal protective equipment (PPE) to support personnel on the front lines of the COVID-19 response.
Are you interested in volunteering in response to COVID-19? The State of Washington needs your help! We are looking for individuals to serve as Community Health Volunteers to assist Washington’s healthcare authorities with customer care/service, data gathering and entry and analysis, language skills, and much more! Volunteer assignments may vary in scope, location, time and length of commitment. A current healthcare license or medical background is NOT a requirement for volunteering
The Department of Health is supporting enrollment and activation of emergency volunteer health practitioners for the COVID-19 response.
Sew simple cloth masks for organizations like nursing homes, homeless shelters, and food banks who urgently need them in our state. Find instructions for making and donating masks at Washington Mask Challenge.
If you would like to volunteer to assist with the response, learn more about how to help.
Register with the Washington State Emergency Registry of Volunteers (WAserv) to partner with public health and others who need assistance in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information about service opportunities during COVID-19, visit Serve Washington.
Donate blood and plasma
There's a vital need for blood and plasma donors right now. Visit Cascade Regional Blood Services or Bloodworks in the Puget Sound region, Vitalant in the eastern Washington region, and American Red Cross Blood Services and your local blood bank elsewhere to donate blood. Visit the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association to find a plasma donor center in your area.
Support food banks
Gov. Jay Inslee joined key nonprofits and local philanthropies to launch a coordinated, statewide food relief fund that will help reach those in need in every corner of Washington.
The relief effort, called WA Food Fund, is being managed by Philanthropy Northwest, a network of philanthropic organizations committed to helping communities across the Northwest. The effort will combine business and philanthropic dollars with individual fundraising to have the most effect.
To donate, visit the WA Food Fund site.
Volunteering at your local food bank or donating food directly to your local food pantry is also a great way to help. Food donation is still safe and many food banks still welcome these forms of donation. Contact your local provider to find out about their individual policies and needs. The Department of Health has guidelines to help make sure food donations are safe.
Nonprofits of all types — especially those serving vulnerable communities — need your help. Donate to nonprofits you love that are helping people in need, that your friends recommend to you, or to those addressing systemic inequities and disparities. You can also consider giving to regional funds through Philanthropy Northwest.
Let us know if you have any other way you would like to offer assistance.