Caregivers on the front lines are essential in the fight against COVID-19, and they need support from everyone for success.​

Wei C., Minneapolis, donor to the U of M Caregiver Emergency Fund

'They really saved me'

How a student volunteer group, now supported by the U of M Caregiver Emergency Fund, stepped up to help nurse Shannon Marchiando

Care for our caregivers

When the coronavirus first showed up in Minnesota, many Minnesotans took shelter at home. But frontline caregivers didn't have that luxury.

The community stepped up with an outpouring of support. Businesses turned their production to PPE only, practically overnight. Restaurants delivered lunch to frontline staff. Kids chalked messages of encouragement to caregivers on hospital sidewalks.

Though supply chains have stabilized, the need for critical PPE is still high. And physical and mental demands on frontline caregivers continue.

The U of M Caregiver Emergency Fund, established by University President Joan Gabel in March 2020, provides these everyday heroes with equipment to safely serve patients and resources to promote their well-being.


  • Muticolored hearts taped to a window, with messages of support for health care workers
    U of M health sciences students created MN CovidSitters to help health care workers with tasks like child and pet care, grocery shopping, and errands.
  • Health care workers wearing protective gear
    The U of M—and the larger Minnesota community—came together to find innovative ways to make sure frontline caregivers had the personal protective equipment they needed.
  • Health care workers pose with brown bags containing meals
    Gifts to the U of M Caregiver Emergency Fund have paid for hundreds of meals for frontline health care workers in M Health Fairview hospitals and clinics.

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How your gifts make a difference

As of February 25, 2021


Donors to the U of M Caregiver Emergency Fund


Gifts to the fund


Meals provided to frontline health care staff


Hours donated by COVIDsitters to help frontline caregivers