The Chapter is here to support Alumni, students, family, and friends. We are continuing to evaluate and react to the effects of COVID-19 on our society and Chapter. We are working to support each other and our community. Our Alumni can always reach us through our e-mail, psucolumbus@gmail.com

As restrictions begin to ease, you will notice we are not scheduling in person events. In accordance with updated guidelines from The Penn State Alumni Association, we will refrain from hosting in person events at least through the end of summer. We are hoping this does not continue into football season but are planning for that possibility.

We realize some of our Chapter members, their families, and friends may be experiencing hardships related to the virus. Below the update, there are a few links to assistance resources for Ohioans. 

Please follow the guidelines for ‘physical distancing’ in public spaces and use of face coverings. Thank you for 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:
Latest information: Ohio Department of Health.

CDC guidelines: Simple steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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 to 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.

Bishop Griffin Center 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/

Dublin Food Pantry 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/

Student Care & Advocacy Emergency Fund Provides support to help students suffering COVID-19 related hardships. The Fund is accepting donations through their web site, https://raise.psu.edu/emergencyaid

Children’s Hunger Alliance Provides meals to children in Central Ohio. The CHA accepts donations through their web site and has volunteer opportunities. More information is available through their web site, https://childrenshungeralliance.org/
COVID-19 Update