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Helping out during the Pandemic

As future providers of care, now more than ever many of us, especially during these difficult and unprecedented times, are looking for ways to help out and give back in whatever capacity we can. While the current pandemic has most of us staying home, there’s no shortage of ways we can help. Below are a few ideas of ways to get involved:

Remote ways to give back:

1. Donate: For many, this pandemic exacerbates the financial burden many of us face as students. However, for those who are able, making monetary donations to the following can be impactful on our local New York community

Food Bank NYC: every $1 donated provides 5 emergency meals to vulnerable New Yorkers in quarantine affected by the current situation.

Mask on, March on: raise funds for the purchase of PPE for local New York hospitals at the heart of the pandemic

2. Write your local healthcare workers thanking them for their hard work and dedication as they put themselves on the frontlines day and night to care for COVID-19 patients

Columbia University:

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center

630 West 168th Street

New York, NY 10032

New York University:

Tisch Hospital

550 First Avenue

New York, NY, 10016

University at Buffalo:

Buffalo General Medical Center

100 High Street

Buffalo, NY 14203


Rutgers Health Hospital

150 Bergen Street

Newark, NJ 07103

Stony Brook:

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital

240 Meeting House Lane

Southampton, NY 11968

3. Learn to make PPE for yourself and loved ones

4. Volunteer remotely with Best Friends Animal Society

Local ways to give back:

  • Donate any extra nonperishables to your local food pantry or shelter to support marginalized individuals during this difficult time

  • Donate any PPE you may have to your local healthcare workers

  • Offer to help out a neighbor or someone who may be at higher risk for infection with their grocery shopping

  • Order take out from your favorite restaurant to support local businesses

  • Donate blood and/or plasma at your local Red Cross

Of course, it goes without saying, be safe and cautious when you leave your home! Practice physical distancing, wear a face mask, wash your hands often, and disinfect any surfaces you touch to keep yourself and others safe.

Finally, as we think about giving back to those in our community, it is important to also remember to take care of ourselves. Be sure to check out #BeWellASDA posts to learn how to take care of your physical and mental well-being, too.


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