COVID-19: How You Can Help

​​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! ​

While 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.

  • Share Your COVID-19 Story

IHI and Primary Care Progress invite clinicians, patients, and family members to share their stories at the point of car​e 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.

Share your story today at, 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.

  • Join the IHI COVID-19 Global Community

We 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 save lives.

You can join the community by invitation only. Please e​mail​ 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!

  • Join an Evening Applause for Healthcare Workers

Communities from India, to New York City, to France, and beyond have organized cheers of gratitude. 

Join your community’s celebration or start the tradition in your area.

  • Offer to Babysit for Hospital Workers on The Front Lines 

People who have found themselves with time to spare are volunteering to babysit the c​hildren 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

  • Help Translate COVID-19 Materials

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.  

  • Collect Masks and Other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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 non-providers)

Start or contribute to a PPE drive in your community.

  • Feed Front Lines Workers

Support fundraisers 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.