Central Ohio Alumni,

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, some members may have interest in assistance resources. Below the update, there are a few links that may be helpful.

The Ohio Department of Health website for COVID-19 is a good source for the latest information. For more information on the response from the city, county, state and Federal governments, tune into local radio and television stations.

The CDC has issued this list of simple steps to help protect yourself, your family, and others. Please review and follow these recommendations. 

Guidelines for ‘social distancing’ have also been evolving. The guidelines are for ‘physical distancing’ in public spaces whereas ‘social distancing’ is withdrawing from society. There are a lot of ways to stay socially engaged while maintaining a safe physical distance. 

We can all use social media to stay connected with friends and family. Check out one the free web conferencing sites and have a virtual happy hour. Use your cell phone for more than just texting! Use an app like Facetime or Google Duo, or call a friend and talk.

The Chapter is here to support Alumni, students, family, and friends. We do that mostly through in-person events. We are exploring a few options to transition events into a virtual setting so we can continue supporting each other and our community. In the meantime, you can always reach us through our e-mail, psucolumbus@gmail.com

In accordance with Federal physical distancing guidelines,  the Chapter has cancelled all in-person events through April 30th. The situation is changing daily. Updates regarding the Chapter will be provided as necessary. We appreciate your understanding as we work through these difficult circumstances. Please reach out to us if you have an questions.

The Board of Directors,
Central Ohio Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association

Resources:
COVID-19 Economic support: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home/resources-for-economic-support

COVID-19 related unemployment: http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/CoronavirusAndUI.stm

Small Business guidance and loans: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

 
Ways to Help:
In times of need, many Penn State Alumni want to get involved and help however they can. While the Chapter is not sponsoring any fund raisers at this time, there are many opportunities tho help our community. Most often, a donation is the easiest and most effective way to help. Some organizations need volunteers to do their work. Below are a few organizations we have worked with or are familiar with.

For the past few years the Chapter has supported the Bishop Griffin Center through a charity challenge with the Pitt Alumni. The Center can always use toiletries and personal hygiene items. There are some opportunities for volunteers. Direct financial donations are also appreciated. Visit their web site for more information, https://www.bishopgriffinresourcecenter.com/

The Chapter has supported the Dublin Food Pantry through a charity challenge with the Michigan Alumni. The Pantry is encouraging direct financial contributions and is still accepting non-perishable food donations. Volunteer opportunities are available. For more information, visit their web site, https://www.dublinfoodpantry.org/

Many Penn State students are suddenly facing new challenges, including the inability to secure housing, afford basic needs, find access to resources for remote learning, and more. Penn State created the Student Care & Advocacy Emergency Fund to  provide support to help students address these needs. The Fund is accepting donations through their web site, www.raise.psu.edu/emergencyaid

The Chapter had a fund raising event scheduled for late April to benefit the Children’s Hunger Alliance. Unfortunately, the event had to be cancelled at a time when the need is greater than ever before. The CHA accepts donations through their web site and has volunteer opportunities. More information is available through their web site, https://childrenshungeralliance.org/

 
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