What You Can Do

Millions of Illinoisans rely on the kindness of others each and every day. That shouldn’t change just because you’ve been asked to stay home. It just takes a little creativity.

Serve Illinois is in the process of providing CDC guidance to service organizations across the state. That includes daily health surveys and temperature checks for all volunteers and staff, the disinfecting of surfaces at each shift change, and ensuring that any group work involves fewer than 10 people — all with proper social distancing parameters.

This is not a free pass to violate the Stay at Home order. This is an opportunity for healthy college students looking for something to do, or individuals who aren’t able to work from home—an opportunity for people who are healthy and looking to help.

If that’s you, register on the Serve Illinois website and the organization will connect you with opportunities based on their needs.

Learn more on their website: www.serve.illinois.gov

Blood Donation

As this situation has evolved, the American Red Cross has seen blood drives cancelled across the country — when tragically, a blood shortage would only worsen the health care crisis we are facing right now.

That’s why we’re encouraging healthy, eligible individuals to donate blood.

To find a blood drive or volunteer, visit: www.RedCross.org or www.vitalant.org

You can find vetted non-profit organizations supporting COVID-19 response efforts at www.NVOAD.org.

If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please email FEMA’s National Business Emergency Operations Center at nbeoc@fema.dhs.gov

Trained medical volunteers can offer their services by registering with a National VOAD member on www.NVOAD.org.   Please BE PATIENT. You will be contacted once resources are matched with unmet needs.

To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please email specifics to nbeoc@fema.dhs.gov

You can also register through the System for Award Management (SAM) website.  All companies desiring to do business with the federal government must register, at no cost, with SAM. 

For non-medical supplies, services or equipment, if you are interested in doing business with FEMA, visit our Industry Liaison Program.

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