Other COVID-19 Student Volunteer Initiatives and Ways to Get Involved

2021 Philadelphia Point-in-Time Count

The 2021 PIT (Point-in-Time) counting all sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness will happen on Wednesday Jan. 27th. Given the current situation with COVID, this year the count will also include "TeleCount", which could be an opportunity for students to take on. For more information please review the website https://www.phila.gov/2020-12-17-the-pit-count-what-it-is-why-its-important-and-how-you-can-help/. If you have any questions please contact Yawei Song at yawei.song@jefferson.edu.

Jefferson Language Database

The SKMC Dean's office in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is hoping to recruit speakers of non-English languages to help with both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 related projects. The projects are varied, but in the past have had to do with making and promoting non-english educational materials, communicating with patients over the phone, involvement in community outreach programs, etc. If you are interested in adding your name to our database, we will reach out to you with projects requiring your language skills! Filling out this form does not commit you to a project, but we will reach out to you about project information in the near future. If you have any questions, please direct them to Jordan Kurzum at jordan.kurzum@jefferson.edu. Thank you so much in advance for your help!

Link: https://forms.gle/zYrnwxKMkw2fxvt9A


Philabundance is the biggest hunger relief program in the Delaware Valley, serving over 90,000 weekly clients! As a part of the Feeding America network, Philabundance plays a role in every step of the process, from collection and packaging to distribution and meal service. In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, food banks like Philabundance are more essential than ever for the health and well-being of our neighbors and friends. There are over 100 volunteer spots per week available through the organization website, both in their dedicated warehouse as well as on a local level such as religious organizations and community centers.

Volunteers are needed at the food distribution warehouse. In this position, volunteers will fill, package, and load trucks with "senior boxes" in an assembly line process. These contain essential staple foods donated under the Commodity Supplemental Food. PPE will be provided. Volunteers are also needed for the meal service. Hub for Hope is located underneath Suburban Station, and provides showers, access to social services, and a warm meal for people experiencing homelessness. Although the shelter has been temporarily closed due to the pandemic, take out bag meal services continue aboveground in the plaza of the Municipal Services Building, directly across from City Hall. Volunteers work under the direction of the Muslim Serve association; please bring your own PPE equipment. Many other positions are available outside the city limits (NE Philadelphia, Sharon Hill, Mount Tabor, etc) so if you have a car, please check the online calendar for other chances to help out!

If you are interested in volunteering with Philabundance, you can find more information in the linked PDF! Please contact George Ye (xxy010@jefferson.edu) if you have any questions!

Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA)

MANNA works to cook and deliver meals to thousands of Philadelphia area residents who struggle with food insecurity due to chronic medical conditions, including renal and cardiac disease, transplant, and HIV/AIDS. The current global health crisis has impacted local communities severely, with grocery store access impaired and healthcare providers under stress. MANNA has now taken on many new clients in need of their meal services due to the pandemic, so volunteers are now more critical than ever for this amazing organization to continue making a difference. MANNA has been deemed an essential service, and is still open to volunteers during the 8-11 AM, 10-1 PM, and 1-4 PM slots from Tuesday to Friday. You must wear a mask, but the facility also provides them to volunteers if needed for now.

If you are interested in volunteering with MANNA, you can find more information in the link below! Please contact George Ye (xxy010@jefferson.edu) if you have any questions!


Philadelphia FIGHT's COVID-19 Community Testing Program

Philadelphia FIGHT offers walk-up COVID-19 tests in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia, FREE of charge, to anyone interested in taking a test, regardless of insurance coverage. Join Philadelphia FIGHT with: administering tests, onsite registration, and community outreach. Learn more by going to https://fight.org/event/covid-19-community-testing. To sign up, contact Terrence Rush, COVID-19 Community Testing Volunteer Manager at trush@fight.org or at 215-985-4448, ext. 312.

TDI Technologies Manufacturing Face Shields to Battle COVID-19

In a time where so many of us feel helpless, TDI Technologies, Inc. is making a difference in the fight against COVID 19.

TDI Technologies, Inc. (TDI) is a local Research and Development Engineering Services company that provides innovative solutions to government and commercial clients utilizing advanced technologies. TDI is headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania with satellite offices at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, TDI is eager to become involved in contributing to solutions that help us fight the fight. To that end, TDI has a non-profit affiliate, ChariTdi, that is partnering with Temple University to manufacture face shields to help meet the shortage of PPE for frontline medical, healthcare and paramedic workers.

In conjunction with the Temple University COVID-19 Task Force and in a partnership with the Temple University College of Engineering, ChariTdi is establishing multiple temporary worksites in the Greater Philadelphia Region to manufacture the face shields to help meet a critical shortage of PPE. As an industry partner, ChariTdi will be replicating many of the production methods being executed by Temple's on-campus task force. The production involves pouring liquid plastics into a mold to create the head band pieces for the face shields. This process has increased the production capacity over 3D printing from about 5 per day to 50 per hour per volunteer. TDI is operating at spaces in Philadelphia and its suburbs and is looking to recruit unskilled volunteers to assemble and pack the shields for delivery.

How you can help!

TDI Technologies is seeking volunteers! For as little as one 4-hour shift, you could make a world of difference! You can visit their volunteer site at https://volunteerforheroes.com, for additional information in volunteer opportunities as well as to facilitate volunteer intake. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, please direct them to this website.

Making Homemade Masks

Organizer: TingAnn Hsiao (txh172@jefferson.edu)

In order to ensure that scarce disposable PPE go to higher-risk settings where they are most needed, we can assist by creating and providing reusable hand sewn facemasks for general use for those in need. Additionally, Nemours Children's Hospital System, Einstein Healthcare Network, and multiple other healthcare facilities across the country are now accepting homemade mask donations. If you are interested in learning how to hand sew facemasks, whether for your own personal use or to donate, please fill out the form: https://jefferson.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6hsaFiOaWZHCzB3

And see this document that gives instructions on how to make the masks as well as how to donate:

Jefferson Blood Donor Center

There is a shortage of blood products in the United States as blood drives are being cancelled. Donating blood is a simple way to make a big difference. Please schedule through the link above as they are discouraging walk-ins at this time.

Schedule Online: https://jeffersonblooddonorcenter.calendarspots.com/