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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

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Volunteer Opportunities

Our community has come together to respond to an unprecedented event. While everyone should be doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19, there are still needs in our community that must be addressed. Volunteering opportunities are available to interested parties who are well and wish to contribute in a positive way. 

The State of Illinois has developed a website with opportunities to volunteer to help with COVID-19. For more information, please visit:


Register with ESAR-VHP in Your State:

By registering with the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) in your state, your credentials and qualifications will be verified in advance so that you are able to serve on a moment's notice — within your state and across state lines — to provide needed help during an emergency. With a volunteer registration program, volunteers and emergency response officials alike are free to spend more time contributing to the cause-at-hand and less time verifying volunteers' identity and credentials. Learn More >


Join the Medical Reserve Corps:

Medical Reserve Corps volunteers work as units within their communities to strengthen public health, reduce vulnerability, build resilience, and improve preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities. MRC units across the country are finding different ways to help their communities during the COVID-19 response, including staffing call centers, drive-through clinics, and more. Reach out to an MRC unit in your area to find out how you can help. Many units are currently responding, and unit leaders may or may not be able to respond to your inquiry immediately. Learn More >

To join MCDH's Medical Reserve Corps, please email this completed volunteer application to [email protected].


Just Want to Help Out?

Volunteers will likely be needed to assist in a variety of different ways as we manage through this pandemic.  If you would like to help out, please complete the online Volunteer Application to let us know you want to help, areas of volunteer interest, your availability and if there are any special skills or training that can be applied.  See the list below of volunteer opportunities that have been identified and let us know if you can help out in any of these areas.  This list will likely grow so be sure check back and if you see a volunteer opportunity that interests you after your application was submitted,  send an email to Kathie Bough at [email protected] so she can update your application.   All volunteers will be subject to a background check, must agree to the terms outlined on the Volunteer Consent Form and sign a Volunteer Health Statement and Acknowledgement.

Volunteer Needs:

Alternate Non-Congregate Housing


National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD):

(NVOAD) is coordinating with federal partners, including HHS and FEMA, to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit the NVOAD website to see the list of organizations that might be able to utilize your volunteer support nationally and/or within your State/Territory. Connect with the organizations directly.


Needed Donations

To donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), please visit: If you wish to donate locally, contact your local police and fire departments. 

Due to the spread of COVID-19, blood drives have been cancelled across the nation. Blood donations are needed. To donate or volunteer, please visit or

Many McHenry County residents are out of work due to COVID-19 and are turning to local food pantries for the first time. At the same time, donations to pantries have decreased.  Please consider giving to your local food pantries.  For information on the food pantries in your area, please visit our Community Resources page.