During the COVID-19 pandemic, many members of the Open School have found ways to give back to their communities. Below, you'll find inspiring opportunities to take action to help others during this difficult time. Every initiative counts, no matter how small,
so we thank you for your work!
participating in these initiatives, we encourage you to continue to follow the
guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.
Do you have suggestions of volunteer opportunities we should share here? Let us know.
Your COVID-19 Story
IHI and Primary Care Progress invite clinicians, patients, and family members to share their stories at the point of care during the COVID-19 pandemic. We aim to collect hundreds of stories from all over the world to discover our shared humanity and help the public understand the gravity of the current situation.
your story today at StoriesofCOVID.org, or ask a friend or family member who is working at the point of care for their
permission to interview them and share their story.
invite you to IHI’s newly launched IHI COVID-19 Global Community, a social sharing website that connects
health care professionals at the point of care from around the world to rapidly
exchange information about COVID-19 and support one another in the challenge to
You can join the community by invitation only. Please email OpenSchool@ihi.org and we will send you registration
instructions. As a member, you will be able to invite others to join. Please
spread the word and help us to grow the community!
from India, to New York City, to France, and beyond have organized cheers of gratitude.
community’s celebration or start the tradition in your area.
People who have found themselves with time to spare are volunteering to babysit the children of health care providers working long hours to care for
patients with COVID-19.
Find groups that are facilitating this
process such as MN CovidSitters and Step Up To SIT
in your community, or start a group in your area.
Physicians and medical school faculty members at Harvard hospitals in Massachusetts are translating educational materials on COVID-19 so they are accessible to patients from all backgrounds.
Volunteer to help translate.
Medical Students at the University of California San Francisco have
collected more than 15,000 masks. Residents in the Upper Valley of New
Hampshire are donating PPEs (for providers) and sewing
masks for Dartmouth-Hitchcock employees (for
Start or contribute to a PPE drive in your community.
that feed health care workers at the point of care, such as the
effort to feed the emergency department and the intensive care unit staff in five California East
Bay hospitals two meals a day.