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Stay Engaged While Practicing Social Distancing!

In the era of COVID-19, it’s as important as ever that we consider our responsibilities to each other and to our communities, both local and global. In lieu of our usual weekly newsletter outlining in-person opportunities for civic and community engagement, we published a special edition that focuses on ways to support one another and […]

Support Meal Distribution for University City School Students 

Volunteers are needed to distribute meals at five University City school sites during the week of March 30. Volunteers will be provided with gloves, hand sanitizer, and hand washing stations for safety purposes. Meals will already be bagged with breakfast and lunch items, and no person-to-person contact is required. Learn more and sign up for […]

Information Literacy: Stay Informed about COVID-19

Staying informed about the current crisis is one important forms of engaged citizenship. But how do you know that the information you are consuming is reliable and accurate? This is an ideal time to develop your information literacy. The American Library Association defines information literacy as "a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information […]

Find Opportunities through United Way of St. Louis

United Way of Greater St. Louis is on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, helping to deploy funding where resources are needed most. United Way mobilizes donors and volunteers, community organizations, and companies with the goal of helping people live their best possible lives. Find ways to volunteer from home and other ways to support […]

Make a Philanthropic Donation to Support WashU Crisis Funds and Local Efforts

Looking for a way to share financial resources with the most vulnerable in our region during the pandemic? Below is a list of funds seeking donations with the specific goal of supporting those impacted during this time in St. Louis. WashU Crisis Response Student Fund: To help cover emergency expenses for vulnerable students. WashU Crisis Response […]

Support Older Adults at Long-Term Care Facilities 

With long-term care facilities across the country under complete lockdown, residents can feel increasingly isolated and forgotten. Send cards to your local long-term care facilities. Include a message of hope to remind residents that you're thinking of them. Volunteer to make phone calls to check-in on residents/other older adults in the community. Sign up as a […]

Support Local Farmers through Known & Grown STL

Local farmers are being particularly impacted by the pandemic. Known & Grown exists to help farmers within the St. Louis foodshed spread the word about their practices, their products, and the principles that ground their food. Known & Grown offers resources to help you order from local farmers, shop at markets that stock local produce, and […]

Donate or Sort Supplies for Local Food Banks

The CDC recommends having a 14-day supply of food on hand. For those who are already food insecure, this is a near impossibility, and current circumstances add to their strain. Donate to your local food bank or volunteer if you're healthy and able! There are also volunteer opportunities across the country through Meals on Wheels. In […]

Donate Masks and Personal Protective Equipment for Healthcare Providers

Washington University medical students are asking researchers to collect extra personal protective equipment from their labs to be donated to frontline health-care workers. Needed items include: Eye protection, including face shields and goggles (glasses are not effective) N-95 respirator masks Masks Gloves Gowns Items to be donated should be labeled clearly and left in lab spaces. […]

Donate Blood

Although the Gephardt Institute will not be hosting March blood drive on campus, eligible donors are encouraged to give at permanent blood donor locations across the country. There is currently an ongoing critical need for donations of lifesaving blood and platelets. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, blood drives continue to be canceled at an alarming […]

Provide Childcare for Healthcare Providers

Sign up to provide childcare for healthcare providers. Healthcare Workers Childcare Co-op is matching students with healthcare workers in need. Please be extra cautious and avoid signing up if you are showing any symptoms of sickness or have traveled to a high-risk area within the last fourteen days. Follow these steps to sign up: Register […]

Work or Volunteer with Little Medical School

Little Medical School works with educators, healthcare leaders, and community organizations to inspire healthy lifestyles in children as they learn about medical careers.  Little Medical School is looking for motivated individuals to lead a series of one-hour classes featuring interactive demonstrations, crafts, and games, which will teach kids about how the body and organs work, […]