Covid 19 Volunteer Response

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Updated 5/19/20 2:56 PM
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United Way of Madison County is working closely with other community-based organizations to share their most immediate needs while dealing with the coronavirus while connecting volunteers to safe opportunities in their communities. 


Community members are encouraged to help support urgent community needs created by the Coronavirus outbreak, but we ask that you keep the following in mind:
Honor the public health recommendations. If you’re delivering supplies or food to a family or organization, follow the suggestion of social distancing – ring the doorbell and move away from the door, text them beforehand, etc.
Feel connected through solo volunteering. Even if you’ve signed up for a solo volunteering opportunity – like delivering food to someone who needs it or distributing door hangers with information – know that the people you’re helping appreciate your outreach and you’re helping people feel connected. You’re also staying true to the health department’s suggestion of social distancing.
Look for opportunities that are limited in size. Organizations know how important of a role they play in minimizing the spread of the disease. If you are committed to volunteering with others, look for a group size of 10 or less.
Stay home when you are sick. Of course, you should be doing all of the things to stay safe – hand washing, limiting exposure, etc. – but this one deserves a second shout out. If you are not feeling well, please stay home and get well. Thanks to people who think like you, there will be plenty of volunteers out there to help when needed.



Click here to volunteer for The Salvation Army Food Pantry
1615 Meridian St, Anderson, IN 46016
Volunteer Needs: Last Monday of the Month 1pm-4pm (Packing food boxes)
Last Tuesday of the Month 8:30am-2:30pm Drive Thru Food Pantry (all volunteers are inside the building except those willing to load the cars)
**Please email Shelly at or register above to sign up to stay within the 10 person limit guideline.
Volunteer Age Restrictions: 16 & up or with a parent/leader also volunteering

Click here to volunteer for Park Place Community Center Food Pantry
802 E 5th St, Anderson, IN 46012
Volunteer needs: Stocking pantry, filling food boxes, loading vehicles w/ food boxes
Volunteer Age Restrictions: 18+ at this time
Click here to volunteer for Operation Love Ministries Food Pantry
620 E 21st Street, Anderson, IN 46015
Volunteer needs: Stocking pantry, filling food boxes, carrying food to clients, etc.

Click here to volunteer for Second Harvest Food Bank Tailgate Food Distributions
Select Madison County Locations
Volunteer needs: Set up location, package and carry food, direct traffic
Volunteer Restrictions: Volunteers will need to be at least 16 years of age and be accompanied by a parent/legal gaurdian

Click here to volunteer for the Are You OK?/Senior Link Progam
Call from your home
Volunteer needs:  Volunteers are assigned a homebound individual who is 60 years or older, or, disabled and limited to their home. Volunteers place a weekly friendly call at a schedule time to their assigned "member".
Volunteer Restrictions:  Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and be subject to a background check.

Hand-sewn masks for Community Hospital Anderson: Anyone with masks to donate can pull up in front of the hospital. There are signs just outside the main entrance showing parking spaces for “Mask Drop-Off”. When you arrive, call us at 765-298-5699, and we will come to your vehicle. Please put any donated masks inside either a sealed Ziploc-type bag or tied plastic bag and indicate on the bag the number being donated.

If you need someone to pick up your donated masks, call us at 765-298-1111 so we can arrange for a porch pick up.
Here are step-by-step instructions to help guide you through the process of making a mask:
Sew and Serve is an online community of sewing volunteers who have come together to help Central Indiana by using their sewing skills
Can't Sew?  There are opportunities for you to help. You can volunteer to be on one or more of the following teams:
01: Drop off Location Team
02: Dispatch Team
03: Kit Assembly Team
04: Sewing Team
Click here to learn more.

Donate Items

The Christian Center
625 Main St, Anderson, IN 46016

8 am to 6 pm daily
Needs: Canned fruits and veggies, boxed foods, macaroni and cheese, etc., pasta, canned meats, proteins, TP, cleaners, bleach

Alternatives Inc.
Anderson location - Serving Hamilton, Hancock, Henry, Madison, Marion, and Tipton counties
Call the l
ocal office 765-643-0218 to make donation arrangements
Needs: Individually wrapped snacks, individually packaged breakfast items (oatmeal, etc.), single serve soft drinks, toilet paper, bleach, bleach wipes, disinfectant spray and/or wipes. 
Not accepting clothing or items at this time.

Operation Love Ministries
620 E 21st Street, Anderson, IN 46015
Needs:  Gently used (or new) grocery bags. Specifically looking for bigger bags like the plastic Aldi bags (16.5'x16.5') which have handles and some more strength to fit more in at once.  This will also provide an added layer of safety for the volunteers handling the bags and bins.

Donate to the United Way VIRTUAL Diaper Drive
Go to
Even from home you can make sure local babies have the diapers they need during this uncertain time.

Donate Blood

Click here to find a Red Cross Blood Drive 
Click here to find a Versiti Blood Center of Indiana Location Site