Engagement during COVID-19
Notre Dame is following the guidance of the CDC and local and state health officials regarding university operations during the Coronavirus pandemic. While the University has resumed in-person classes for Fall 2020, direct off-campus community engagement is highly limited to protect the health and safety of both the campus and our community partners. Permission for in-person engagement must be approved by University leaders in the Colleges or relevant campus units.
A considerable consequence of the pandemic is a marked increase in vulnerable local families, with many neighbors experiencing health or economic adversity. Community partners serving in the health, food, housing and education sectors clearly require more resources to meet the increased need, but face concurrent social distancing restrictions in accord with CDC public health guidelines. In keeping with our Catholic character, Notre Dame has contributed to the United Way COVID-19 Response Fund to support these organizations, and has made several other in-kind contributions (PPE, etc.) to medical staff and first responders.
Staff, faculty or students who wish to contribute personally are advised to review the latest public safety announcements for St. Joseph County. Then review the needs and engagement opportunities of community partners at their respective websites. Before attempting to visit, determine if an agency can safely accept donations, on-site volunteers, or if they are able to accommodate remote collaboration. Please visit this brief list of community organizations responding to families in need in St. Joseph County to learn more. Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns and the City of South Bend also have opportunities listed on their websites.
If you would prefer to use your professional skills as a university employee, please visit the Notre Dame COVID-19 Task Force site to learn how colleagues are using their current research, tools, and labs to address effects of this pandemic on the wider community. Read more about the steps Notre Dame has taken to help protect the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff and visitors at the University's main coronavirus site, here.nd.edu.