United Way offers ways to help during COVID-19 crisis


    The United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties has a number of suggestions for anyone wanting to help during the COVID-19 crisis.

    Area volunteer opportunities can be found at COVID19volunteers.org.

    There are other ways to help as well.


Give Blood

    Giving blood is critical to ensure there is an adequate supply to meet patient needs.

  • Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center 1801 Second St., Coralville, 319-358-7750.
  • Biotest Plasma Center, Plasma Donation Centers 408 South Gilbert St., Iowa City, 319-341-8000.
  • UI DeGowin Blood Center 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, 319-356-2058.

Check Ins

    Check in on your neighbors and friends that may need help running errands. Public health officials say vulnerable populations, such as the elderly and people with chronic medical conditions, should avoid unnecessary trips outside of their home where they can be exposed to coronavirus.

Pet Emergency Foster Care Providers

    Iowa City Animal Care & Adoption Center in Iowa City and PAWS & More Animal Shelter in Washington are asking the community to be “emergency fosters.”

    Anyone interested in being an “emergency foster” can contact the Iowa City shelter via email at Lisa-Bragg@iowa-city.org or by calling 319-356-5295; or PAWS via email at washingtonpawsandmore1978@gmail.com or by calling 319-653-6713.


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