How You Can Help

The whole UCSF community is working hard to ensure that we continue to provide the best care to those who need it and the best solutions to this global pandemic. Below are several ways that you can support our efforts during this critical time.

Donate Personal Protective Equipment

UCSF is accepting donations of critical supplies for our frontline care providers, including protective equipment and sanitizing items. We’ve set up donation sites at three locations that are receiving donations 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • UCSF Mount Zion Medical Center
    1600 Divisadero St., San Francisco
    Semicircle driveway
    Get directions
  • UCSF Mission Center Building
    1855 Folsom St., San Francisco
    Entrance in the parking lot on Harrison at 15th Street
    Get directions
  • UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
    747 52nd St., Oakland
    Ambassador Desk
    Get directions

The donation sites will accept the following supplies:

  • Unused disposable N95 respirators and surgical masks. The packages can be opened, as long as the masks have not been used.
  • Unopened packages of disposable gloves
  • Unopened containers of hand sanitizer
  • Unopened containers of disinfectants and disinfecting wipes
  • Packaged, unused protective goggles.

Please note: We cannot accept any other supplies at this time and must keep storage space at our donation sites available for the items above. This includes no homemade or fabric masks and gowns because we are unable to ensure that the items will provide the necessary protection.

If you have questions about donations, please contact [email protected]

Industry Donations

If you are a member of a technical organization (biotech, pharma, etc.), and you have supplies you can donate, please contact [email protected] for a complete list of what UCSF needs and how to get it to us.

Food Donations

UCSF is currently unable to accept food donations. While we greatly appreciate the outpouring of support for our frontline staff, UCSF must prioritize donations directly related to delivering health care, and cannot receive, store or distribute food at this time. We encourage anyone who wishes to donate food to consider helping the broader community, including those who are food insecure and the elderly who may be home-bound.

Participate in a Blood Drive

As people shelter at home, there has been a critical nationwide blood shortage, which will impact UCSF Health and our ability to care for patients. 

The nation’s two largest blood providers, American Red Cross and Vitalant, have put out calls for emergency donations. UCSF is partnering with Vitalant, the largest provider in San Francisco, to address this growing crisis with a series of blood drives.

If you would like to donate and aren’t able to get your preferred slot or all available appointment slots are filled, please consider donating at a blood center in the Bay Area of your choosing (Vitalant or American Red Cross).

Make a Financial Gift

Thank you for considering a gift to support UCSF, as we work to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. We are coordinating with colleagues across the Bay Area and Northern California to care for patients while also protecting the health of our faculty, staff, students, patients, and visitors. As the COVID-19 outbreak expands, teams throughout UCSF’s hospitals, clinics, and research labs are actively monitoring and responding to the evolving situation.

Learn more about the UCSF COVID-19 Response Fund and how your gift will be used.

Volunteer for Employee Redeployment

There is an urgent need for available faculty and staff to be redeployed to fill the staffing needs in UCSF Health. Please consult with your direct supervisor if you are interested in redeployment or volunteering for roles/shifts outside of your department.

  • For UCSF Health employees: Eligible and approved UCSF Health employees can sign up for shifts by visiting the COVID Workforce Platform. Review the COVID-19 Employee Volunteer FAQs for guidance on using the workforce platform, and for additional frequently asked questions. Note: The platform currently can only be accessed by Health employees.
  • For UCSF Campus employees: Please discuss with your supervisor, who will then take the appropriate next step(s). Managers should refer to the COVID-19 Manager Guide in PeopleConnect.

For more information, visit the Employee page.