|The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are being felt throughout the world’s economies. 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. |
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.
Restrictions on large gatherings and the guidelines for ‘physical distancing’ in public spaces continue to change. We can all use social media to stay connected with friends and family while practicing safe ‘physical distancing’. Check out one the free web conferencing sites and have your own virtual happy hour. Your cell phone can 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 are continuing to explore our 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In accordance with Federal physical distancing guidelines, the Chapter has cancelled all in-person events through April 30th. The situation is changing daily. It is likely that in-person events will not be schedule before June 1. 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
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.
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/