We are humbled by the generosity of the members of our community who have asked how they can help support our staff and patients during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. With your help, together we can make thousands of differences in the lives of UChicago Medicine patients, healthcare workers, staff members and more.

Here are the ways you can help right now:

Donate PPE, Homemade Masks, Food and Medical Supplies

Like all hospitals nationwide, we are working to ensure an adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical medical supplies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some guidelines for individuals and businesses interested in donating these critical supplies and supporting our frontline healthcare workers and patients.

If you have medical supplies or products that are from a verifiable vendor source and in bulk quantities, please submit a supply intake form.

Supplies and food must meet internal safety requirements and certifications, and all will be inspected and verified upon receipt or prior to purchase.

Yes. Members of the public may sew and donate cloth masks so that we may conserve and preserve our supplies of surgical masks and PPE for our frontline healthcare workers who need it most. Home sewers are reminded to practice social distancing, hand hygiene, and not work when sick when producing masks for donation. For fabric selection, studies show that cotton-blend masks can optimize both effectiveness and breathability to ensure people can comfortably wear them for extended periods of time. Craft supply retailer Joann Fabrics posted instructions for homemade masks.

If you would like to donate cloth masks, please fill out our donation form and a member of our donations team will respond to your inquiry. For donation questions, please email covid-donations@uchospitals.edu.

Yes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance on “Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Facemasks” and recommends optimizing the supply of PPE masks for healthcare workers and limiting use by patients.

If you would like to make a donation, please fill out our donation form and a member of our donations team will respond to your inquiry. For donation questions, please email covid-donations@uchospitals.edu.

Yes. Individuals and groups who would like to donate food or beverages to our staff should fill out our donor form. A member of UChicago Medicine's Food Donation Team will contact you to coordinate your donation.

Please also take note of the following guidelines:

Hot/ready-to-serve food:

  • Delivery from restaurants is allowed
  • No homemade items
  • No buffet-style food options such as pizza
  • Guests may not serve staff on hospital grounds
  • Food donations must be dropped off at a pre-arranged location only

Food packaging:

  • Must be prepackaged and individually wrapped (e.g., box lunches)
  • Fruit that can be peeled is acceptable
  • Must contain explicit labeling for food-sensitive groups (e.g.., dairy, nut, soy, gluten, etc.)
  • Non-perishable items are preferred


  • Sugars/creamers must be individual use (not communal containers)

If you would like to make a donation, please fill out our donation form and a member of our donations team will respond to your inquiry. For donation questions, please email covid-donations@uchospitals.edu

Donations Shipping Address (preferred): 

Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery (KCBD)
900 East 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Donations Drop Off:

Knapp- KSBD
900 East 57th Street, Hyde Park
East Loading Dock
8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday

*Donations of a pallet or more should contact covid-donations@uchospitals.edu before shipping

For donation questions, please email covid-donations@uchospitals.edu

Give to the COVID-19 Response Funds

Stand behind the healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Your gift to the UChicago Medicine COVID-19 Response Funds will support essential healthcare workers, patients, and families experiencing hardships as a result of this public health crisis, while also helping to provide much-needed equipment, supplies, and facilities.

Donate now to the UChicago Medicine COVID-19 response funds.

Donate now to the UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial COVID-19 response funds.

Donate Blood

Now, more than ever, our patients rely on a steady stream of blood donations at the University of Chicago Medicine.

Your health is our main priority. We are maintaining social distancing measures and are cleaning and disinfecting between donations.

Call 773-702-6247 to schedule a blood donation appointment (whole blood donation or platelets). All donors must have an appointment to enter the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM) and the Blood Donation Center.

Schedule a blood donation appointment now.

Submit an online form below to send a message to thank our hospital workers. Please do not provide personal health or other sensitive information (* indicates required fields.)

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