How you can help through donations to Augusta University Health

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As cases of COVID-19 continue to climb across our state and our nation, Augusta University Medical Center has experienced an outpouring of support from community members wishing to help. We sincerely thank everyone who has reached out for their spirit of generosity and caring.

Learn all the ways to donate on our How to Help guide.

Here is an update on how to give in each category of donations:

Medical supplies

Augusta University Medical Center is not currently in urgent need of supplies. However, due to the rapidly evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the limited nationwide supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), we are accepting in-kind donations of specific materials in the event a shortage occurs.

These approved materials include:

  • Disposable face masks
  • Latex-free gloves
  • Medical gowns
  • Face shields
  • Hand sanitizer (must be 60% alcohol)
  • Other health care PPE materials

All donated items must be new or unopened and in the original packaging.

We cannot accept hand-made face masks at this time, in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Please email Jonathan Goolsby with our Logistics & Supply Chain Department to make arrangements for these donations. 

Meal donations for staff

We appreciate any individual or restaurant interested in sponsoring a meal for our AU Healthcare Heroes.  When AU Medical Center receives donated food, appropriate precautions must be in place to ensure the safety of all involved.

  • Please note that we are only able to accept food 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.
  • We request that all meal donations be scheduled in advance to ensure that we can notify the receiving department in a timely manner and to arrange a safe delivery with appropriate social distancing closest to the receiving department’s location.

Please contact Regina Winters with the Center for Patients and Families for information. Mobile: 617-512-6469 or Office: 706-721-7802.

Beverage/snack donations for staff

Donations of pre-packaged snacks and beverages for the AU Health employees who are working tirelessly on the front line of this pandemic are greatly appreciated and will be accepted on a case-by-case basis depending on the type of donation and the identified need. Please note that all food items must be in an unopened and pre-packaged container purchased from a store.

Recommended snacks/drink items include: individually wrapped granola bars, energy/protein bars, trail mix, snack cakes, chips, snack mixes, energy drinks, bottled waters, etc.

Anyone interested in making a snack or beverage donation is encouraged to complete the in-kind donation form.

Once the form has been received, the donor will be contacted regarding next steps and donation delivery.

Anyone interested in making an in-kind food/beverage donation can email Vanessa White with the Office of Volunteer Services & Community Engagement or call 706-721-7802 (mobile: 617-512-6469). 

Please note: We ask that all donation drop-offs be pre-scheduled to ensure an appropriate schedule for safe social distancing.  Once scheduled, non-medical donations should be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Augusta University Student Center, 1488 Laney Walker Blvd.

Gift in-kind receipt, acknowledgement, tracking

All in-kind gifts must be acknowledged and tracked appropriately prior to distribution. The Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement is coordinating this effort. For assistance, please email Rhonda Banks or call 706-833-8038.

#OurAUHeroes gift card campaign

Support local restaurants and help feed our health care workers on the front lines through this gift card program. Learn more here.

Find additional updates on our dedicated COVID-19 resources page.

Other community in-kind donation inquiries should be directed to Kristina Baggott, Associate Vice President of Volunteer Services and Community Engagement, by email or calling 706-840-2617 or 706-721-7720.

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Henry Hanks is Senior News & Communications Coordinator at Augusta University. Contact him to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at 706-522-3023 or hehanks@augusta.edu.

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