Your health and safety have always been, and continue to be, our highest priorities. Visit our online resource center to find helpful information from our expert physicians about steps you can take to prevent the spread of the virus and what to do if you suspect you have it.
While certain to be significant, the full extent of financial implications from the COVID-19 pandemic remains to be seen. However, many have reached out to ask how they can help. Here are a few ways to support Advocate Aurora Health and our doctors, nurses and team members.
Donate funds to support our heroes
Many individuals are asking us how they can help Advocate Aurora team members on the front lines of combating COVID-19, or who find themselves in crisis because of it.
So we are introducing a Relief Fund for Critical Care which will be used exclusively to provide additional resources to our patients, families and communities, and to further support the physicians, nurses and team members who are working tirelessly. We also have a Team Member Crisis Fund that will be used to assist team members who are financially impacted by COVID-19.
As always, 100% of your gift will be used for this purpose, plus there are additional donor incentives within the CARES Act.
Some heroes wear capes. Our heroes wear scrubs. Thank you from Advocate Aurora Health.
As COVID-19 continues to impact our communities, we are committed to keeping our heroes – our doctors, nurses and team members – safe. As you know, the broader health care community is at risk of running low on critical personal protective equipment (PPE) across the country. Health care workers need these essential safety items on the frontline of this pandemic to effectively provide care. We are currently accepting the following items:
- Hand sanitizer – Personal sized hand sanitizer that has been unopened. CDC guidelines encourage sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol composition
- Disinfectant wipes – All brands of unopened premoistened wipes are accepted
- Unused scrubs
If you have questions or are unsure if your item qualifies please contact COVIDAAHSupplyDonations@aurora.org. Drop off items at your local Advocate Aurora Health hospital at the shipping and receiving dock.
Thank you for playing an important part in keeping our team members and community safe.
Manufacturers Willing to Help
If you are a local or national manufacturer looking to support your health care providers, Advocate Aurora Health sincerely appreciates your partnership in keeping our communities and team members safe. Please email Brian.Barnum@advocatehealth.com any ideas you have for assistance and we will let you know how you can help.
Thank you in advance for your support!
Our team members on the front lines are working tirelessly to provide compassionate, safe and quality care. We’ve had many inquiries about how individuals and local businesses can help feed our nurses, doctors and team members. Food donations will be accepted at our hospitals but must follow these guidelines and process. Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness.
Food donation guidelines
- Food must be individually packaged
- Food must be donated from a restaurant/caterer/food company that is monitored by local health inspectors and has passed a health inspection in the last 12 months.
- No homemade food
- Beverages must be in single serve packages
- All flatware needs to be individually wrapped
- All condiments need to be in portion control packets
How to donate: Call our dedicated call center at 877-787-2111 to work directly with a representative who can facilitate your donation. The call center is open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Bulk donations If you have donations of bulk prepacked food items (such as pallets of water or individually wrapped protein bars) email to COVIDAAHSupplyDonations@aurora.org.
Additional ways to help
Offers of support
Do you have other ways to support our doctors, nurses and team members? While the only supplies being accepted at this time are referenced above, we do encourage you to complete this form and provide as much detail about your donation/offer as possible. We are grateful for all offers of support but need to make sure the safety of our community and our physicians, nurses and team members remain our top priority.
All submissions will be reviewed, and a member of the Advocate Charitable Foundation will follow up in regard to next steps.
Our patients and communities need our help to replenish the blood centers that serve our hospitals. In response to COVID-19, more than 80% of community blood drives have been cancelled, however all blood types will continue to be in demand now and in the weeks and months ahead. The American Red Cross will support our patient’s needs and they have established a COVID-19 screening process, social distancing precautions and cleaning protocols to keep donors safe.
Thank you to our donors
We would like to thank all our donors who contributed $10,000 or more to our COVID response efforts:
- 19th Ward Office
- Advocate Aurora Board of Directors
- Aurelio’s Pizza
- Bank of America Corporation
- Chicago Bears and Bears Care
- Chicago Bulls Charities
- Dr. Young Chung
- Dart Foundation
- David and Teryl Schawk Family Foundation
- Elgin Community College
- Frontline Foods Chicago
- Garrett Popcorn Shops
- Theodore Gasteyer
- The Giving Back Fund
- Ron Greene
- Harbor Freight Tools
- Les LaFollette
- Eileen C. Mahoney
- Materne North America, GoGo Squeeze, Squeezable Applesauce
- James F. McDonald
- NFL Foundation
- PepsiCo, Inc.
- Produce Alliance
- Schoeneckers, Inc.
- Schwab Charitable Fund
- Tall Ridge LLC
- Timken Foundation of Canton
- United Airlines
- Woodland Foundation