You Can Still Volunteer

Helping others looks different nowadays, but there is always something you can do
January 19, 2021

On the third Monday of January, the UW-System observed a national day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to get out and engage with their community. But opportunities to serve others look different this year and last.

So, what can your student (or you) do to help others in the community? There are still lots of great opportunities out there.

Here are some ways to get involved.

Donate Blood or Plasma America is facing a critical blood shortage. Donated blood is a lifesaving, essential part of caring for patients. Plasma is used to produce therapies to treat rare, chronic diseases and disorders. To find a drive near you, visit

Donate Food and Other Essentials Our Helping Hands Pantry on campus accepts food donations. The United Way of Dunn County accepts furniture, bedding, housewares, hygiene items, clothing and more. Donate books to a local Little Free Library.

UW-Stout student Leah Dischinger sews together face masks that a group of students are making for elementary school children and others in need.
A group of students made masks for elementary school children and others in need / UW-Stout

Get Crafty Put your sewing skills to work by creating and donating masks to a clinic or hospital near you. The CDC provides guidelines when making cloth masks.

Get Your Flu Shot Keep yourself and others healthy by getting your flu shot. Your student can get theirs through Student Health Services.

Send a Card Due to health concerns, many elderly care facilities are restricting guests and minimizing group activities. Sending cards to wish the residents well could really brighten someone’s day!