Networks of Support #ReachHigherTogether
Our world is grappling with unprecedented circumstances. As we
continue to cope and sustain ourselves, never have we been called more
to do our part. Never have we called so deeply on our creativity,
human spirit, and instincts to do what’s right for all. We are called
to bring our energy to serve humanity in new and expanding ways. It is
in the nature of all Lakers to want to help – that’s the Laker Effect,
President Mantella called on the entire community to harness our
power, talent, intellectual capacity, and compassion to activate
networks of support in key areas of need where you have skills and expertise:
heck-ins: All of us can stay in close touch with
friends, families, our classmates and colleagues, and others who are
close to us who may live alone. Contact our students for check-ins
and to provide feedback to the university. Those with specialized
training might work with skilled nursing or senior care facilities
to place phone calls to residents who may be at risk of social isolation.
Mental health and well-being: Educate yourself and
others on how to manage mental health during the COVID-19 crisis by
checking out, using, and sharing resources from UCC,
creating and maintain virtual social networks, checking in on
student groups and classes, volunteering with the Trevor
Project to provide virtual support to LGBTQ youth, and others.
Vulnerable population support: Support individuals,
such as seniors, those with disabilities, and others at higher risk,
who may need someone to go out to get groceries.
Economic support of small businesses: Connect
Civilian Corps, and others doing important work in this area.
Inclusion and Equity: Support training for creating
inclusive virtual spaces; provide peer coaching and mentoring to
nonprofits: If you’re able to support financially,
please consider. If your skillset positions you to consult with or
advise, please do. Check out the Johnson Center for
additional opportunities and resources to share.
Medical supply design and development: Support
PCEC’s mask development if you have sewing skills. This can be done
from home. Go to PCEC's website for more information.
Connect with Laker Networks: Connect with alumni chapters, clubs, and
other alumni connections to see where assistance is needed in
local communities. Lakers for a Lifetime are dedicated to a lifetime
of service to the community.
Hospital and medical care professionals support:
Although in-person volunteer support is currently limited, as needs
change, support local hospital efforts.
K-12 remote education delivery and other support for parents/guardians
Each network will be assigned a staff point person. Opportunities
will vary including connecting those who sign-up with agencies or
organizations who provide direct support, coordinating with grassroots
opportunities, and/or developing new avenues for support as needs
change. All efforts will consider the broader health and well-being
challenges we face today. Complete the form below or contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your
interest and skillset.
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