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, after all.
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:
- C ompanion support and c 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 with SBDC, the Coronavirus 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 underrepresented students.
- Support local 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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