Volunteer Opportunities (COVID-19)

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected North Carolinians in unprecedented ways, but there are ways we can help our communities, neighbors and local organizations. Use this page to learn more about how you can volunteer.

Looking to donate food, blood or medical supplies? Find out about available opportunities. Need help? Learn about some of the resources and assistance available.

Medical Volunteers

Medical Volunteers

Volunteer as a Health Care Worker

North Carolina has built a medical response capability through the state’s health care coalitions that can augment all levels of care to citizens affected by a disaster event, such as COVID-19. The capability includes medical supplies and equipment, as well as volunteer health care and medical professionals who are willing to deploy to affected areas or facilities to provide patient care.

This response is provided through the State Medical Response System, 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)

We are also asking volunteers to provide medical supplies if they are able, including personal protective equipment.

If you can volunteer, please register though the N.C. Training, Exercise and Response Management System (NC TERMS) at https://terms.ncem.org/TRS.

  • Once you create a personal profile, you will need to access the Request for Team Membership from the response profile page.
  • Click Join a Team, then select ESF8 – Public Health and Medical Services.
  • Select COVID-19 Medical Response Volunteers.
  • Select the team you wish to join, and click Request Membership.

As your help to respond to the evolving COVID-19 crisis, you will be vetted then onboarded through Temporary Solutions, the temporary staffing agency of the N.C. Office of Human Resources prior to assignment.

According to N.C. General Statute 166A, individuals providing health care services as part of a State Medical Assistance Team designated by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services will be considered an  “emergency management worker” and will be subject to the Immunity and Liability provisions outlined in 166A-19.60.

Food Assistance

Food Assistance

Food Banks

Search for a food bank near you to volunteer or donate, or check out local and regional food banks listed below.

Read this document for best practices for food bank and delivery volunteers

Running a food pantry or delivering food? Read these helpful tips to keep people safe.

Elizabeth City
Greenville, New Bern
Nash County

Raleigh, Sandhills, Wilmington, Durham


Pack & Deliver Food

County Organization
Anson County Anson Crisis Ministry
Chatham County Chatham Outreach Alliance (CORA)
Craven County RCS New Bern
Durham County Durham Community Food Pantry
Edgecombe County Conetoe Family Life Center

Forsyth County

Forsyth HandsOn

St. Peters Church We Care House

Guilford County The Volunteer Center
Jones County The Filling Station
Mecklenburg County

Loaves and Fishes

Learning Health Centers

Bags of Hope Lake Norman

Orange County Various Food Packing and Delivery Opportunities
Wake County

Western Wake County- Serving and deliverying meals; 

Blue Recruit -(Assist elderly, delivery groceries)

Wake County Public School System

PAVE deliver backpack buddies

Senior food and medicine delivery

Urban Ministry packing food (13 yo with adult)

Yancey County

Feed a Child Yancey
Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels

County More Information
Chatham County  Meals on Wheels
Cumberland County  Meals on Wheels & other services
Currituck County Helping Hands delivering meals

Durham County

Meals on Wheels

Edgecombe/ Nash County

Meals on Wheels
Lee County  Meals on Wheels
Northampton County  Home Delivered Meals
Orange County  Meals on Wheels
Polk County Meals on Wheels immediate need
Richmond County Meals on Wheels 5-7 volunteers needed
Rockingham County Meals on Wheels
Rowan County Meals on Wheels
Stanly County Contact DSS to volunteer
Stokes County Immediate need in Walnut Cove and Danbury
Tyrrell County Meals on Wheels

Union County

Meals on Wheels
Wake County  Meals on Wheels - urgently needed
Washington County Meals on Wheels
Wayne County Meals on Wheels
Wilson County Meals on Wheels
Yancey County Meals on Wheels - contact Teresa or Jackie at 828-682-6011
Volunteer at Home

Volunteer at Home

Remote Volunteer Opportunities

Location Opportunity
Statewide Attorney volunteers needed with Legal Aid of North Carolina

Spanish speakers educating about COVID 


Write notes of encouragement to participants of substance abuse programs; letters can be sent via email or mailed to:

Healing Transitions
Attention: Staff Support
1251 Goode St.
Raleigh, NC 27603

Statewide Healthcare navigator for insurance help

Red Cross volunteer training 


MasksNOW - needs donations of quilting cotton and t-shirt fabirc to make mask kits for sewists, as well as other volunteer needs.

Various Locations

Sew face masks for various organizations:

Cary Write cards to seniors
Chatham County

Chatham hotline help


Charlotte opportunities at home

Forsyth County Care packages for Forsyth county students

Online tutoring

Guilford County Wellness check calls to older adults in Guilford County
Haywood, Jackson counties Wellness check calls in Haywood and Jackson counties; call 828-356-283
Hickory Write cards to nursing homes
Wake County Kindness calls to seniors in Wake County
Local Volunteer Centers

Local Volunteer Centers

Local COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunity Lists 

Location Opportunity

American Red Cross

Team Rubicon


Brunswick/New Hanover counties Cape Fear Volunteer Center Share Cape Fear
Buncombe United Way
Craven County/New Bern Donate or Volunteer to Make Masks
Outer Banks OBX Common Good

Share Charlotte

CharMeck Responds

Onslow Camp Noah - New River YMCA (call Aimee Sherrock at 440-666-8608)
Pitt  United Way of Pitt County
Southwest NC Hands On Asheville-Buncombe

Love Out Loud

United Way of Forsyth County

HandsOn NWNC

Volunteer Center Triad


Hands On Triangle

Center for Volunteer Caregiving

Activate Good/COVID-19

Jewish Family Services

Union County Community Shelter of Union County
Wilmington Share Cape Fear
Wake  Blue Recruit (assist elderly, delivery groceries)
  Senior food and medicine delivery
Wayne  United Way of Wayne County
Yancey County Yancey County Dig In!

Additional online volunteer centers may have more opportunities.

Hurricane Volunteers

Hurricane Volunteers

Hurricane Recovery Is Ongoing

Even with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, hurricane recovery is ongoing, and organizations need volunteers from all backgrounds and levels of experience.

Get Trained Before the Next Disaster

Sign up for the next North Carolina's ReserveCorps training so you can help immediately after a disaster. Or register for updates about additional trainings.

Depending upon the disaster and individual abilities, volunteers could be preventing further damage to homes, running a volunteer center, supporting mass care, managing crisis calls etc. All willing residents, especially veterans and AmeriCorps alums, are encouraged to register and get trained before a natural disaster strikes, .

This spring, the trainings will be taught by North Carolina Baptists on Mission. Background checks may be required prior to deployment as required by the ReserveCorps partnering organizations.

Attorney & Paralegal Training

Watch the recorded continuing legal education presentations at the North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center’s Disaster Legal Services Bootcamp for attorneys and paralegals wanting to help following a natural disaster.