COVID-19: How You Can Help

The outpouring of support for our caregivers and staff during this pandemic has been extremely moving. The entire RWJBarnabas Health family is humbled by your compassion and grateful for your generosity - we cannot thank you enough.

If you are interested in providing assistance to our front-line staff, here are the ways you can assist right now:

1. Make a contribution to the Emergency Response Fund. This is the best way you can help our clinicians stay safe so they can do their jobs. This fund will help us address the growing needs that are arising as a result of the challenges presented by this crisis and will be used to support our comprehensive emergency care efforts.

Donate to the Emergency Response Fund

2. To text a gift, text RWJBH to 24365

3. Start a virtual fundraiser. Staying home is step one. From the safety of home, we can also give our families, friends and communities a way to come together to support our healthcare heroes through a virtual fundraiser. Host a virtual fundraiser for RWJBarnabas Health’s Emergency Response fund here or visit our affiliate pages to support a specific hospital.

4. Donate protective equipment (PPE). We are currently accepting donations of the following PPE:

  • N95 NIOSH-approved masks (must be in sealed packages)
  • Medium and large nitrile exam gloves
  • Isolation gowns and coveralls
  • Shoe covers

If you are able to donate any of these items or have contacts with companies that may be able to help, please contact gifts@rwjbh.org.

For donations of any other PPE, please consider contacting your local community first responders including, fire departments, police departments, and EMS rescue squads. We need to keep them safe too.

Out of concern and safety for our community, we no longer have drop-off boxes at our hospitals.

Small donations can be dropped off at one of three sites, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (for large donations, please contact gifts@rwjbh.org):

Security Desk
RWJBarnabas Health
95 Old Short Hills Road
West Orange, NJ 07052

Security Desk
Qualitas
615 Montrose Avenue #615
South Plainfield, NJ 07080

Security Desk
RWJBarnabas Health
2 Crescent Place
Oceanport, NJ 07757

If you are unable to deliver your donation, you may also mail boxes to the above locations. Please indicate contents on the package (e.g., masks, gloves, etc.).

Please note: For food donations for our staff, please contact your local hospital development office:

5. Donate Your iPad: We are collecting iPads so our patients who are unable to have visitors during this COVID-19 crisis can keep in touch with loved ones.

What We Can Accept: iPad Air/iPad Mini 2/iPad 5th Gen/iPad Pro or and later. Generally anything purchased in the last 5-6 years is fine.

We cannot accept the iPad 4.

How to wipe your device clean before sending:

  1. Open settings
  2. Click general
  3. Scroll to the bottom
  4. Click reset
  5. Erase all contents and settings

Drop Off Locations: Please see our site delivery locations above. Please indicate on the package, which hospital the iPad is intended for. Thank you.

6. Slow the spread and flatten the curve. Wash your hands and follow social distancing guidelines. For more information on RWJBarnabas Health’s current visitation policy, click here.

7. Donate blood or platelets. Current social distancing measures have resulted in a severe drop in blood and platelet donations. The Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration, and American Association of Blood Banks all encourage donors to step up in the days and weeks ahead. Please visit https://www.rwjuhdonorclub.org/ to schedule your next blood donation.

8. Cloth Masks. We are accepting donations of cloth masks at this time. Your assistance in sewing masks for our staff will help ensure their safety. These masks will be used to provide extra protection to our professionals providing care outside of our COVID-19 units and allow us to reserve the special personal protective equipment for those at higher risk of exposure. Instructions for sewing masks can be downloaded here. Please see above for drop-off and delivery options.