Medical Volunteerism

Medical volunteerism is restricted to healthcare professionals holding current State of Alaska licensure. If you are a licensed healthcare worker and would like to volunteer your skills, you must register via the State of Alaska’s Alaska Respond system. Alaska Respond identifies, trains and mobilizes healthcare professionals in public health emergencies to provide optimal care to those in need.

Get started HERE! 


Masks Are Needed

 Hand-sewn masks are not a CDC compliant nor tested piece of equipment. They are not, and are not being used as a substitute for proper PPE. In a national shortage of NIOSH approved face masks,  sewing enthusiasts and crafters may be able to make a difference for those on the front line of Covid-19 while also protecting the community at large. Local mask-making groups and medical providers understand that this option of home-made masks is not an ideal defense and does not provide recommended nor total protection. Hand-sewn masks are being requested by and distributed to educated members of the healthcare community who understand the risks and benefits of this option.

Alaska Mask Makers is a community effort to make and distribute surgical-style face masks to hospitals, clinics, group homes, assisted living, first responders or wherever needed and approved.

Mat-Su Valley Makers is a group for the Mat-su Valley where sewing requests for surgical caps and gowns can be made and volunteer sewing enthusiasts may respond.

Local Nonprofits Need Your Help

United Way of Mat-Su extends heartfelt thanks to the many local agencies who have risen to the current challenge and expanded their services to meet the needs of our community during the COVID-19 outbreak. As we work to reach more of the Mat-Su with our own services at UWMS, we will continue to update this list of volunteer opportunities from around the Valley. Please check back often and consider lending a helping hand!

Frontline Mission | 357-8600 |

2001 W. Palmer-Wasilla Hwy., Wasilla 

Volunteers are needed to pack and help distribute grocery boxes, snack packs, bagged meals, and to man a drive-thru style distribution line. Various shifts available. Please call with questions. Financial contributions are also needed to ensure that this new program continues.

Mat-Su Senior Services | 745-5454 | 1132 S. Chugach St., Palmer

Volunteer drivers may be needed to meet increased requests for Meals On Wheels. Please call for an application. A background check, clean driving record, current insurance and current AKDL may be required.

Santa Cops & Heroes Program | 745-1133 |

Volunteer drivers are needed to begin delivering vital grocery boxes and possibly medications to area seniors, at home. You must agree to a background check, and submit proof of insurance and a current drivers license. Visit the Santa Cop website to apply!

Wasilla Area Seniors, Inc. | 376-3104 | 1301 S. Century Cir., Wasilla 

Volunteer drivers may be needed to meet increased requests for Meals On Wheels. Please call for an application. A background check, clean driving record, current insurance and current AKDL may be required.

Become a Community Champion From Home

There are lots of ways you can support the community, even from the comfort of your own home while practicing social distancing! Try…

  • purchasing a gift card/certificate to your favorite local restaurant, coffee shop, salon, or cafe. Pre-purchase some exercise classes at a local gym, a personal training session from your favorite trainer, or non-emergency services such as tooth whitening or massage at a local clinic. Give it as a gift, or save for use at a later time.
  • order something tasty, interesting, fun, or cool from a local business, and arrange for curbside pickup. Many bookstores, gift shops, automotive shops and other businesses are now offering curbside pickup if you call and place an order, or order online.
  • participate in a drive-by act of kindness! Stop at a friend’s house and hang an encouraging note, bag of cookies, or a new book on the door, or leave on the porch for them to find.
  • check in with friends and neighbors, particularly the elderly, immno-compromised, or those unable to leave home frequently. Offer to help pick up groceries for them, walk pets, or lend a listening ear.
  • stay active at a safe distance with regular outdoor activity. Encourage your loved ones to do the same-sunlight and fresh air are crucial to good health!
  • consider a financial donation to the nonprofit of your choice in support of their response to COVID-19.
  • send a thank-you eCard to your child’s teacher.
  • if you must leave home to shop, sincerely thank your grocery bagger, checker and local store staff.
  • thank a healthcare professional!
  • take an online or virtual fitness challenge.
  • stay up-to-date on current, credible information. Pledge to share information from reputable sources.

UWMS Volunteer Form

Volunteers are always needed to accomplish our goals and mission, particularly during events. If you’re planning on attending one of our events anyway, volunteer a set of able hands or feet to help us make it a success. Drop us a note, and we’ll let you know how you can help!!