How to Help During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the biggest challenges we've ever faced. Our teams are tackling it head on and continuing to do what we do every day: provide the best patient care possible. 

As a nonprofit healthcare system, we are deeply grateful for the overwhelming charitable donations and offers of support pouring in from our amazing communities! The response from our community has been overwhelming. The following are ways community members can get involved to support UPH during this unprecedented pandemic. This page will be kept up to date with ways you can help us during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check back regularly for new information on the support we need and thank you for your generosity!

Donate to Support our Health Care Heroes

In these unprecedented times, it takes a village to meet the challenges of COVID-19. Your gift now, more than ever, will be felt. Even if you are not on the frontlines, your help will be. It will show what happens when our hearts, our humanity, and our communities rise, as one.

Your support of our Health Care Heroes will help us continue the battle of COVID-19. Your compassionate gift will ensure our doctors, nurses and countless other healthcare workers will have the resources they need to show up every day, for you. We are in this together and, together, we will get through this. Thank you for standing with us; you are at the center of everything we do.

Handmade Gowns & Supplies

We've been overwhelmed by the generous offers we've received from our communities to support us! We ask that you follow the pattern here to help GRMC meet our need for gowns. Please note, gowns need to be 100% polyester.

We are also collecting the following high-need items at GRMC. Please provide in new, unopened condition:

  • N95 masks (model 9210 preferred)
  • Disinfectant wipes/spray (such as Clorox, Lysol)
  • Exam gloves of all sizes (nitrile or latex is preferred)
  • Cases/packages of gowns

If you have any questions regarding donations of supplies or PPE, please contact our Public Health team at (641) 236-2385.

Drop off location:

Public Health 
Ahrens Medical Arts Bldg., 1st Floor
210 4th Avenue
Grinnell, IA 50112
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

We ask donors to complete a Gift in Kind form for each delivery. This form may also be completed at the time of your donation/delivery.

Handmade Masks

Please follow the pattern and instructions at when making masks. If you've already made masks using another pattern, that's OK. We'll take them! You can find instructions on how to make masks at

* Please note: We will accept homemade masks, but will not distribute them to our health care workers until all of our medically-issued masks are depleted.

We're also collecting supplies for the masks at our drop off location. Supplies we're currently collecting are:

  • elastic
  • hair ties
  • wax covered string
  • pipe cleaners
  • double-sided adhesive tape
  • vacuum bags

Practice Social Distancing

The most important thing everyone can do is to continue to practice physical, social distancing. Social distancing refers to public health interventions that can help stop infectious disease transmission by avoiding crowds and large gatherings such as weddings, concerts, conferences, sporting events, and mass transit. Best practice requires maintaining at least a six-foot distance between yourself and others.

Please reference the latest CDC recommendations for more information on prevention measures and how to protect our communities.