How Can I Help?
We all have a part to play to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
In addition to following the guidance of experts to help prevent spreading the virus, you may also be able to help health care workers on the front line.
Donate Plasma After Recovering From COVID-19
If you have recovered from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the plasma in your blood – called convalescent plasma – is full of antibodies that can help others win their personal struggle against COVID-19 infection.
If you’re in Illinois, you can visit the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center’s convalescent plasma web page to learn more and sign up to donate. OSF HealthCare works with Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) to supply blood components to the majority of its hospitals. MVRBC has developed a donation process with safety in mind. Donors are required to make appointments, face coverings are required by donors and staff and physical distancing is practiced by spacing donor chairs.
If you live in the southwest portion of Chicagoland, you can visit the Versiti Blood Center of Illinois website.
Live in the Rockford region? Visit the Rock River Valley Blood Center website.
Residents of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula can visit the website for the Community Blood Center to learn about convalescent plasma and sign up to donate.
Make Masks for Mission Partners
When COVID-19 changed the world, OSF HealthCare changed, too. We grew to meet the growing needs of our world by expanding options to keep you safe.
Now, as we re-open facilities and services, it’s vital that everyone who enters wears masks. Every personal mask we provide reduces the supply for our frontline Mission Partners.
We ask patients, visitors and all non-clinical Mission Partners to please help us preserve that supply and keep everyone safe by bringing your own personal mask to wear and by donating personal masks for others to wear.
Mask-makers to the rescue!
Are you handy with a needle and thread? Do you have a heart for helping others?
Put your sewing abilities to good use by making and donating personal masks. These will be distributed to those who are unable to provide their own.
Email SupportOSF@osfhealthcare.org for more information.
Drop Off Locations
As many OSF HealthCare facilities have limited visitors, donation drop-off bins are located outside the building.
All drop-off locations are at the building’s main entrance unless otherwise noted.
Donation drop-off hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the following locations:
- Alton – OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center, 1 St. Anthony’s Way
- Bloomington – OSF St. Joseph Medical Center (Entrance C), 1505 Eastland Drive
- Escanaba (Michigan) – OSF St. Francis Hospital, 3401 Ludington St.
- Galesburg – OSF St. Mary Medical Center, 3333 N. Seminary St.
- Mendota – OSF Saint Paul Medical Center, 1401 E. 12th St.
- Ottawa – OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, 1100 E. Norris Dr.
- Peoria – OSF Saint Francis Medical Center - Zone 2 Entrance, 530 NE Glen Oak Avenue
Thank Your Health Care Heroes
Join OSF HealthCare in praising Mission Partners and health care workers all over the world who are giving it their all: nurses, doctors, support staff, cleaning staff, and more.
Donate Equipment & Supplies
OSF HealthCare is accepting donations of any equipment or supplies that can help us deal with the spread of COVID-19.
Email or call us if you have anything you think might help. Make sure to include your name, phone number and what you have available, and we will contact you with further details.
Phone: (309) 624-5840
Local business and non-profit groups have offered gifts and donations to OSF hospitals and clinics to demonstrate support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are grateful for the support of our communities, as long as gifts and donations can be accepted without risk of increased exposure to or spread of the virus or creation of actual conflicts of interest.
- Gifts of food or drink should come from licensed, established kitchens.
- It is preferable for food and drink items to be individually wrapped (not provided buffet-style).
Gift cards or other cash equivalents are not the preferred method of contribution. Instead, consider a donation through the OSF HealthCare Foundation, which has established dedicated funds to support pandemic response efforts.
Donate to the Pandemic Response Fundraising Effort
OSF HealthCare has taken unprecedented measures to prepare for, manage and stay ahead of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
But we’re far from done. It’s going to take a team effort to ensure we have every resource available to respond to this virus.
As a result, we have kicked off a Pandemic Response Fundraising Campaign to raise funds that will help us continue and enhance our pandemic response.
We are thankful to have your support in making great care possible each and every day.