Volunteer Opportunities
During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Many students have been asking about volunteer opportunities to help the campus and community during the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are a few efforts being coordinated at UCSF.


COVID Workforce Platform
UCSF students who have occupational health clearance may volunteer for work in clinical settings and help ease the strain on health care workers. Ensure that you meet the qualifications listed in the job opportunity, and, since there may be training required, please consider signing up for at least two shifts. (The link above will only work if you have occupational health clearance.) Coordinated by the School of Medicine.

Non-clinical Roles
Students may volunteer for a variety of vital non-clinical services, e.g. donating blood, delivering meals to the elderly, or helping with research efforts. Coordinated by the School of Medicine.

Provide Dependent Care for Health Care Workers
With schools and daycare centers closed across the Bay Area, many frontline health care workers need alternative arrangements for child care or elder care. Students can help fill this crucial need by signing up with SitterCity. To express interest, follow these instructions. Coordinated by Campus Life Services/Family Services.

COVID-19 Classes for Kids (CCFK)
A project founded and led by UCSF MD/PhD students, CCFK is mobilizing graduate students in biomedical sciences and the health professions to teach free, interactive virtual lessons about COVID-19 to children and young adults (grades 4-12) who are currently sheltering in place at home. See more information and sign up.

SF Food Friends
Matches healthy volunteers with vulnerable people in the community who need help shopping for groceries and other necessities. Volunteers contact their match to ask what they need and follow guidelines to shop and make a once-weekly delivery in the safest way possible. If they wish, volunteers may also provide check-in calls with their match to provide emotional support during this time of isolation. If you can’t commit to doing the shopping, SF Food Friends also welcomes your help distributing flyers or making DIY masks. SF Food Friends was created by a small group of UCSF and UC Berkeley graduate students specifically in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Please note! Caring for yourself and your loved ones and focusing on your education must remain your top priorities, and there is no obligation to volunteer your time. If now does not feel like a good time for you to volunteer, wait. Watch this page for future opportunities.