Thank you. This is an unprecedented time and your willingness to support our patients, staff and their families is making a difference. We are grateful to our communities for reaching out to offer support. This page contains information on how to volunteer to support COVID-19 response across the region. This page will be updated as new resources become available.
Volunteering at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC)
We appreciate your interest in helping to serve our community during this time of need. Our volunteer activities at the hospital in Lebanon are currently suspended to support the safety of our patients, staff, and volunteers.
Our needs are evolving as the situation changes each day, and we may need to call upon our community for support in the coming weeks. For information about how you can volunteer at DHMC, please visit the D-H Volunteer Services page.
Sew masks for donations
One way to supplement our ever-changing inventory of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is to join the national movement of volunteers who have started to sew masks. This generous outpouring is in response to the Center for Disease Control's guidance that fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted.
Upper Valley Strong (UV Strong)
Upper Valley Strong is a group of organizations that come together in times of emergency to help our communities. Upper Valley Strong’s purpose is to connect people in need to services, coordinate resources, and share expertise. In response to COVID-19, Upper Valley Strong is focused on issues including child care, housing, support for seniors, food access, and transportation.
- Sign up to volunteer with Upper Valley Strong
- Visit the Upper Valley Strong website
- Visit the Upper Valley Strong Facebook page
Help families in need of COVID-19 child care support
One of the most critical and urgent challenges our frontline health care workers are experiencing is the impact of school and child care closures. We can all help support our essential workers by providing care for their families while they are providing care on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Community members, students, friends, and family members can provide care for hospital employees and other essential workers by registering via the organizers listed below.
Upper Valley Strong (UV Strong)
Upper Valley Strong, in partnership with Fit Kids and Early Care and Education Association, has established a hotline/email site with two navigators who can help match families with child care providers. To sign up to help provide child care, please contact email@example.com.
NH ChildCare Aware
NH ChildCare Aware is collecting information on the status of existing early childhood and after school programs.
It has also created a child care match program by collecting names of individuals who want to provide child care temporarily to assist families during this crisis, whether in a child care or school-age program, in your home, in a family’s home, or in a in 24-hour child residential facility.
- If you operate an early childood or after school program, share information about your status via this form.
- If you are interested in participating in the child care match program, submit their information on this online form.
Healthcare Workers Childcare Co-op
The Upper Valley Chapter of the Healthcare Workers Childcare Co-op is a medical student-led effort is working on pairing health care workers with a college or health sciences student to help with child care. Student volunteers can sign up on the Healthcare Workers Childcare Co-op website.
Hanover Parks and Recreations (HPR)
HPR is setting up a network of Upper Valley community members available to provide in-home child care. HPR is not directly hiring but is working as an intermediary to connect essential medical personnel with child care providers. The details for hours of work, compensation, etc., will be worked out between the families and providers. To participate, submit your information to HPR.
New Hampshire COVID-19 volunteer opportunities
This organization is collecting needs from organizations across the state as well as volunteer information for individuals interested in helping. For information about both, please visit the VolunteerNH website.
NHResponds is part of a nationwide volunteer management system that was established after 9/11 to get medical professionals quickly, and properly deploy them during a public health emergency or disaster.
NHResponds maintains a registration portal for medical and non-medical volunteers. It collects basic personal information, professional skills, distance to travel, and length of deployment preferences. It also collects specific organizational needs and then connects individuals best suited to fill the specific volunteer roles needed in an emergency. Once contacted, volunteers will be given information about where they are needed, the duties they will perform, and the option to accept or decline the opportunity.
NHResponds coordinates volunteers in the following teams:
- Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
- Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
- New Hampshire Disaster Animal Response Team (NHDART)
- Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team (DBHRT)
- New Hampshire Metropolitan Medical Reserve System Task Force 1 (MMRS)
- DHHS Emergency Services Unit Auxiliary Response Team (Current NH DHHS Employees only)
For more information please visit the NHResponds.org website.
Vermont COVID-19 volunteer opportunities
The State of Vermont is looking for volunteers to help in communities across the atate in a variety of areas and professions:
- Non medical needs: child care providers, grocery workers, public works professionals, drivers, etc.
- Medical needs: nurses, pharmacists, EMS workers, physician assistants, veterinarians, mental health providers, etc.
You can register at the Vermont.gov website.
OnCall for Vermont
If you do not have a clinical background, you can still join the Medical Reserve Corps. For more information and to register, visit the OnCall for Vermont website.
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