The University has maintained a Volunteer Database since the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy to gather information from staff and faculty who are willing to make themselves available for various tasks during crisis and emergency situations. The list has been used when our campus was impacted or closed due to weather, medical, safety or other emergencies. Then, as now, members of our campus community responded admirably and volunteered to help in ways beyond their traditional roles here at Lehigh.
The prolonged nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has uncovered unique needs for support. For example, a group of volunteers has helped to staff on-campus testing tents, providing directions and answering questions. Staff have also worked remotely to assist with contact tracing and to staff an internal phone bank, answering questions from Lehigh students and families. These needs will remain through the spring and still others might surface.
The university has updated the volunteer form to reflect the University’s current and anticipated needs during the pandemic, with both remote and on-campus opportunities.
If you are interested in participating as well, you can visit the Volunteering in a Crisis page to learn more, find out if you are eligible to participate, download the FAQ document, and sign up for the areas you are interested in supporting.
Enrolling does not obligate you to volunteer when a crisis occurs. Should the need arise, you may be contacted and can make your decision to volunteer at that time. While you will not receive additional compensation, you can expect to receive any relevant training and support as needed.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the COVID-19 Response Team at email@example.com.
The university is grateful for the many contributions of those who have already volunteered. This work is crucial to Lehigh’s efforts to limit the spread of the virus in our community.