Community outreach

For more than 60 years, the University of Waterloo has been a caring partner and leader in our communities.  As we come together in these unprecedented times, Waterloo recognizes the important role that we all play in supporting those impacted by COVID-19. That is why we are committed to working with partners like Region of Waterloo Public Health and other community organizations to respond to the needs of healthcare providers and other community members who need help at this difficult time. Now, more than ever, we are here to support the communities which support us. 

How Waterloo is helping

Whether through groundbreaking research, manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPEs), or working with local healthcare professionals to provide expertise and guidance, the University of Waterloo will continue to support our local communities through every means possible. 

Read more about how Waterloo is assisting local COVID-19 response efforts.

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Steeping up during the COVID-19 pandemic

Waterloo student volunteers his time and skills to help fight the coronavirus

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Flattening the COVID curve

Waterloo students help create COVID-tracking platform used by more than 300,000 people in first week


a global neighbourhood

Bridging local efforts for global supports

How Waterloo professors are helping adapt health-response guidelines for lower-resource areas

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3D printers used in battle against COVID-19

Production focus pivots to 3D-printed parts for face shields worn by health-care professionals


Volunteer opportunities

There are many organizations and countless individuals in our communities and across Canada who are assisting in the response to COVID-19. Here are some resources for members of the Waterloo community looking to get involved in response efforts.

The University of Waterloo commends the dedication and commitment to public service of our students, staff or faculty members, the safety of our community members continues to be paramount. These volunteer opportunities are not affiliated with the University of Waterloo. We share these opportunities for you to consider within your level of expertise and personal comfort. It is important that all members of our community exercise caution and ensure their health and safety when considering any volunteer or paid opportunities related to COVID-19 response efforts.

Supporting our communities

Many organizations and individuals are rising up to help those impacted by COVID-19 across Waterloo Region, Stratford and surrounding areas. Here are just a few examples of ways to help support those who may need a helping hand in our communities.

University of Waterloo Student Emergency Support Fund 

In response to the financial hardships experienced by our students during this time, the University has created the Student Emergency Support Fund to provide short-term financial help with immediate, unexpected expenses of both an academic and non-academic nature. This fund will assist eligible students to meet unexpected COVID related expenses related to housing, food and technology to support online learning. 

Region Ready 

To help support Waterloo Region Hospitals in their response to COVID-19, Region Ready is calling for community support to help St. Mary's General Hospital, Cambridge Memorial Hospital and Grand River Hospital purchase the equipment, beds and supplies they need at this critical time. Your donation will help support our local healthcare providers and our community's highest priority COVID-19 related needs.

Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation

Grand River Hospital Foundation

St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation


United Way Waterloo Region Communities COVID-19 Response Fund

In response to the unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak, United Way Waterloo Region Communities has created the COVID-19 Community Response Fund to support the work of frontline organizations who are at the forefront of this issue and collectively striving to ensure our most vulnerable community members are safe and healthy.

United Way Waterloo Region Communities

Contact Us 

The University of Waterloo is currently working with Region of Waterloo Public Health to prioritize how support from the University could be best used to serve the wider community COVID-19 response. To submit a request for support or for all other community inquiries including use of facilities and volunteer recruitment, please email