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COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities

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COVID-19 Volunteers

The necessary and important role of home isolation to the COVID-19 response may leave many people feeling cut-off and isolated and looking for a way to get involved. However, under Governor Ducey's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected" Executive Order, volunteers are considered "essential workers." This page offers Pima County residents the opportunity to stay engaged and stay connected while also staying safe.


Getting Started

Individuals and organizations can follow the links below to either donate their time and expertise - people with healthcare and medical training are particularly in demand. 

We greatly appreciate your willingness to help. Please be as detailed as possible with your credentials and licensing information as this will greatly help us place you as the situation advances. Also, please understand that many medical requests for volunteers will not be made until contingency plans are exhausted.

How To Volunteer

Pima County has teamed with the Arizona Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (AZ-ESAR-VHP) to offer volunteer opportunities through an online platform.

Not a "health professional"? That's okay! Use this same link. The system will sort you as you go through.

Look for the big blue button marked "Register Now", select Add Organizations, and choose Pima County:

Register yourself or your group in the ESAR system under the organization title Pima County



Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register to volunteer?

We ask that all volunteers take a moment to register on AZ-ESAR-VHP and join “Pima County.” Once your registration is complete, please be patient, and notifications for new volunteer opportunities will arrive via email as soon as they are available.

I am a medical provider. How do I volunteer as a medical provider?

Currently, our medical volunteers are coordinated through the Medical Reserve Corps of Southern Arizona (MRCSA). They work to vet every volunteer and manage the scheduling of all of their members for the vaccine clinics. Please visit MRCSA.org for more information about their organization and how you can join as a member.

To help coordinate your membership, please provide the following information when completing your profile:
  • Your active license/certification number and expiration date (if you are not active, please indicate so)
  • Your background/skills
  • Role(s) you wish to volunteer for (please note that to administer vaccinations, you must have an active license)
The contact information for MRCSA:
Medical Reserve Corps of Southern Arizona
Mrcsa@outlook.com
520-445-7035

I registered. How do I sign-up for a specific assignment?

We will be sending out more volunteer opportunities in the near future, so please stay tuned to your email inbox! If you do not see/hear anything from us, it does not mean your help is not needed. Please be patient, as opportunities will arrive via email notification when they become available. We appreciate you offering your support in this effort and are very fortunate to have wonderful volunteers like you in the community.

I signed up for a shift, but didn't get a confirmation. What do I do?

Please be patient because the coordination team must vet all of our volunteers. If you are scheduled for a volunteer opportunity, you will receive a confirmation email. If you did not receive a confirmation email, you did not get selected for this volunteer opportunity. Please make sure to check your email for future volunteer opportunities.

If I volunteer, will I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Volunteers at our vaccination points of distribution (PODs) are not guaranteed their first vaccine during their service term. Due to the logistics of volunteer scheduling and the fact that these PODs will be in operation for months, we ask for a time commitment of 36 hours from volunteers to help us increase efficiency.

What should I bring? What should I wear?

Please be sure to bring a water bottle, snacks, a mask, comfortable clothing, and closed-toed shoes.

Do shifts really fill that fast? Why does it seem that shifts are always full?

We are fortunate to receive overwhelming support from the community, so our slots fill up fast. We will be sending out more volunteer opportunities in the near future, so please stay tuned to your email inbox!

What kind of work will I be doing?

Volunteers will assist with on-site operations in non-medical roles. Volunteers will help in roles such as greeters, supply runners, check-outs, foodservice tech, and traffic flow assistance. These roles are subject to change, and you may be asked to fulfill other positions as needed.

Are there any requirements to be a volunteer?

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Volunteers must also be able to sit, stand, and walk for long periods of time. Volunteer positions will also require you to twist, bend, lift, and carry supplies.

Do I have to be vaccinated to help?

No, you do not have to be vaccinated to volunteer.

Are there any requirements to be a volunteer?

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Volunteers must also be able to sit, stand, and walk for long periods of time. Volunteer positions will also require you to twist, bend, lift, and carry supplies.

Do I have to be vaccinated to help?

No, you do not have to be vaccinated to volunteer.

How many shifts can I work?

Volunteer sign-ups vary per location. Volunteers are allowed to sign up for 3 shifts a week. We request that volunteers commit to 36 hours of service.

When do the opportunities get posted?

Opportunities are posted throughout the week. Please check your email to stay up to date on the opportunities that we have available.

What happens if I can’t attend my scheduled shift?

We ask that you let us know at least 48 hours before your shift to cancel. After you cancel 3 shifts, you will no longer be allowed to volunteer with the COVID-19 Vaccine distribution.

I forgot to show up to my assigned volunteer shift.

If you are a no show to 3 shifts, you will no longer be allowed to volunteer with the COVID-19 Vaccine distribution.

Do I have to live in Pima County to volunteer?

No, you do not have to live in Pima County to help. Before volunteering, please make sure that you can attend your shift at your designated time slots.

I can only volunteer on the weekends. Can I just get notified about weekend shifts?

As of right now, we are unable to send out specific shift dates. Please keep checking your email to see if you can volunteer.

Can I bring my (wife, husband, child, friend) to my volunteer shift with me?

We ask that you refrain from bringing any additional volunteers when you report to your scheduled shift. While we appreciate the help, it can bring up safety concerns and be counterproductive for the vaccine clinic’s operations. We wish only for the best experience for all of our volunteers and for everyone to contribute efficiently. If volunteers are not on the schedule, they will be asked to leave the site and wait to sign up for a later date.

I signed up for a shift, but I didn’t receive an email.

Please be patient because the coordination team must vet all of our volunteers. If you are scheduled for a volunteer opportunity, you will receive a confirmation email. If you did not receive a confirmation email, you did not get selected for this volunteer opportunity. Please make sure to check your email for future volunteer opportunities.


The County is not in need of donations are not needed at this time.

Many thanks to our community partners!


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