In order to be there for anyone else, you have to first take care of yourself.
- Follow CDC, Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s tips for social distancing, good health habits, and more.
- Take some time to practice self-care, whether that’s reaching out to a friend for a call or video chat; practicing at-home meditation, prayer, or exercise; or disconnecting from media exposure now and again.
Donate or share virtual support
- PHL COVID-19 Fund: The PHL COVID-19 Fund will rapidly and equitably deploy solutions and resources to help our nonprofit community navigate near- and longer-term challenges from COVID-19 and ensure that critical resources remain available for those in our community who need it most.
- Donate PPE and supplies to Penn Medicine: Penn Medicine is now accepting donations of personal protective equipment and supplies from the community. For more information, visit the Penn Medicine website.
- Penn Medicine Spread the Love Campaign: Send notes of gratitude to front line staff at Penn Medicine. Leave your messages of support, encouragement, and gratitude, and they will be spread system-wide and delivered to our staff. No name or contact information is required, but if you'd like to sign your first name and location, you're more than welcome.
- Support local small businesses (safely): Though some locations have closed, you can still safely support your Philadelphia neighborhood shops and restaurants during this difficult time.
Volunteer and help your neighbors
Please note: The University has suspended student involvement in community outreach for the safety of students and community members. Additional information and resources on COVID-19 are available at Penn’s Coronavirus website.
There are many established organizations in Philadelphia seeking volunteers. Students are not required or encouraged to engage in any of these initiatives. These opportunities are completely voluntary. Please contact the sites directly to sign up or with any questions.
- The Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service is working to connect residents to volunteer opportunities with these critical organizations. Residents who wish to support these efforts can sign up for shifts at the Mayor’s Volunteer Corps portal.
- Corona Connects is an online database created by Penn students that lets you filter remote and in-person volunteer opportunities by US location and time commitment. Whether you have a few minutes or a few hours, want to teach others or flex your crafting skills, or want to get out or stay inside, there are many ways to make a difference.
Other ways to help
- Call or leave a note for your neighbors, particularly seniors and those who live alone. Help them get the essential supplies they need.
- Remind others of social distancing guidance, including your own friends.
- Order take-out or delivery from a locally owned eatery.
- Wear a mask and sew masks to donate to neighbors or essential employees.
- Post drawings and other art or words of thanks or encouragement in your window and offer a wave of thanks when you see essential employees, especially our healthcare workers and first responders.