Ways to Help with COVID-19 – International Initiatives

If you find yourself yearning to help with the current crisis, you’re in the right place! I’ve tried to compile as many international organisations and initiatives helping with the current situation as I could find.

Use Control+F, or Command+F to search for the keywords you might be interested in (e.g “food” or “design”). I’ve organised these initiatives by countries, so you can jump straight away to the relevant initiative:

  1. Worldwide
  2. USA
  3. UK


If you know of any others that aren’t listed here, please use the button below to add them! I’ll be doing research and monitoring those submissions to add more initiatives regularly – so check back to see if there’s anything new and interesting.

International Initiatives/Organisations helping with COVID-19


The Ventilator Project

An initiative aiming to rapidly create and manufacture a low cost Ventilator for Covid-19 patients worldwide.

  • Looking for: Volunteers and Donations
  • Skills needed: Engineering, Fabrication, Manufacturing, Distribution, Legal, Accounting, HR, Marketing, PR, Government Relations, Fundraising, FDA Approval, Medical, Advice


WHO Response Fund

Supporting countries to understanding the spread of the virus as well as prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic.

  • Looking for: Donations


UN Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic response

To mitigate the economic, social and health impacts of this crisis, and to safeguard progress made towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Looking for: Volunteers
  • Skills needed: Health systems (epidemiologists, public health, health statisticians), Health supply chain (pharmacists, equipment, cold chain), Medical (medical officers, doctors, nurses, lab technicians), Medical waste management, WASH (with a focus on hygiene), Surveillance, Psychosocial support (counselling), Logistics, Procurement, Emergency management and coordination, Socio-economic & health assessment, Gender based violence, Anthropologists/sociologists, Communications (incl. communications for development, communications in emergencies), Information management/Data analysis, Monitoring & evaluation (ideally related to health and/or emergencies), and Reporting, Child protection, Livelihoods, Economic development


Design to Combat COVID-19

Using design thinking, engineering, and creative solutions to have an impact in both local and wider communities

  • Looking for: Volunteers
  • Skills needed: UX Design, Web Development, Software Development, Graphic Design, Illustration, Social Media, Email Marketing, Design Thinking, Research, QA Support, Data Science/Analytics, Translations


Feed the Children

Feed the Children exists to fight childhood hunger.

  • Looking for: Donations


First Book

First Book believes that education is the best way out of poverty for children in need.

  • Looking for: Donations


Help with Covid

Connecting volunteers with new or established projects helping with the COVID-19 crisis that need help.

  • Looking for: Volunteers
  • Skills needed: Anything


Radical Engineers

Provide those who best understand the problems with the technological resources they need to successfully implement the solutions.

  • Looking for: Volunteers
  • Skills needed: Engineering, Design


Hack From Home

To empower everyone to contribute to the struggle against COVID-19 by building technologies and leveraging their personal data in an ethical way.

  • Looking for: Volunteers
  • Skills needed: Data science, Backend dev, Front end dev, Design (UX & graphic), Entrepreneurship, Domains



Create design-led solutions to a number of pressing challenges that are affecting us all.

  • Looking for: Volunteers
  • Skills needed: Design



ShareTheMeal is an initiative of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) – the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger.

  • Looking for: Donations



No Kid Hungry

No kid in America should go hungry.

  • Looking for: Donations



Robyn’s NY Hospital Initiative

New York hospital coordination to help with capacity issues.

  • Looking for: Volunteers


Massachusetts PPE Procurement and Donation Program

Delivering the resources necessary to confront COVID-19 in Massachusetts.

  • Looking for: Volunteers and Donations


A Little Help (Denver)

Helping older adults who need a little help with grocery shopping and/or prescription pick-up and delivery, as well as phone calls to check-in and for social connection.

  • Looking for: Volunteers


Mile High United Way (Denver)

Helping underserved communities in Denver, including the homeless.

  • Looking for: Volunteers and Donations




NHS Volunteer Responders

Support the National Health Service in the UK.

  • Looking for: Volunteers
  • Skills needed: Community response, patient transport, NHS transport, Emotional support


The Trussel Trust

Providing food for people in need

  • Looking for: Donations


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