How to Help: Information about Volunteering and Donations

Medical Supplies and Personal Protective Equipment

Our current purchasing efforts are focused on medical supplies, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Critical supplies include respirators, masks, goggles, safety glasses, face shields, gloves, coveralls, gowns, hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray or wipes, and ventilators.

State Surplus has provided guidance for local and state government agencies and schools on Executive Order 122, related to donation and/or transfer of medical/health supplies including PPEs. Learn more.

Health Care Employees Needed

Due to COVID-19, many health care facilities in North Carolina, particularly long-term care facilities, are seeking to urgently hire staff for temporary, part-time or full-time roles. There is an urgent need for Registered Nurses (RNs) and Certified Nursing Assistants, among other roles, to supplement current workers and in some cases fill in for workers affected by COVID-19.
The East Carolina University School of Nursing is partnering with NCDHHS to match health care workers who are able to pick up extra shifts to facilities in the nurse’s local area. Interested health care employees with the ability to pick up extra shifts or who may have been laid off and are seeking full-time roles can register at
A volunteer team at the ECU School of Nursing will match individuals interested in these opportunities with facilities needing staff. A member of the ECU team will contact potential employees if a facility has an immediate staffing need that matches the geographic preferences and qualifications. Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses with out-of-state licenses, or students eligible for graduation, are also able to work under certain circumstances. The Board of Nursing website has more information. 
The facilities, not the state of North Carolina, will be hiring these staff directly.

Contract Tracers Needed

Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative, a new partnership with Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) and the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC) is part of Governor Roy Cooper’s initiative to slowly lift restrictions by focusing on testing, tracing and trends. This collaborative will build upon existing local health department tracing efforts to help meet the surge in demand for contact tracing staff expected as COVID-19 testing increases.

Through this collaborative, up to 250 additional local staff will be hired and trained initially to support contact tracing efforts with the potential to add more. Recruitment will start immediately; interested applicants should visit the collaborative’s webpage.

Health Care Volunteers Needed

A crucial part of supporting our health care system includes recruiting volunteers to supplement our health care workforce. We are asking for your help to meet these needs. This response is provided through the State Medical Response System (SMRS), which recruits and manages volunteers in the following areas:

  • Clinical (physicians, advanced care providers, nurses, EMS)
  • Clinical Support (pharmacy, imaging and respiratory care) 
  • Non-clinical support (facility maintenance, safety, and administrative)


Register to Volunteer

Volunteer in Your Community

From helping to stock food banks to donating blood, there are numerous ways to help your community.

View Volunteering Opportunities

Information for organizations preparing, serving and delivering meals

Many community and faith-based organizations and volunteers are working hard to ensure our most vulnerable children and families have access to nutritious meals in these unprecedented times. We are all deeply grateful for this community support.

As volunteer organizations help in food preparation, packaging and delivery, it is critical that we all maintain proper food safety protocols to prevent the outbreak of a foodborne illness.

State and local officials are working with community partners to ensure volunteer organizations have the information they need to increase access to food while maintaining food safety protocols. NCDHHS encourages organizations who are serving food to contact their local health department for guidance. Organizations can also contact the NCDHHS Environmental Health Section’s Emergency Preparedness and Outbreak Coordinator, Veronica Bryant, at 919-218-6943.

Guidance on Food Safety for Volunteers