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Coronavirus can’t stop us: UC’s community stands strong

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The coronavirus outbreak has brought challenges to all of our lives, but UC employees systemwide are banding together in solidarity, giving back within their locations and their communities. Here are some stories of how UC’s community is coming together to make a difference during this challenging time. 

Note: We know this story isn’t exhaustive — and we’d love to hear more good news! Share how your UC location is giving back in the comment section beneath this article.

From conceptive research to tangible support

Person-to-person relief

  • At UC Davis Health, devoted lab scientists worked double shifts to screen transplant kidneys for COVID-19, and employees throughout campus gathered to donate their own blood to help make up for canceled drives throughout the community.
  • Departments throughout the UC Davis campus donated thousands of high-demand items — including face masks, N95 respirators, gloves, aprons and coveralls — to protect their colleagues at UC Davis Health.
  • At UC Berkeley, staff at the Basic Needs Center launched “food pop-ups” to serve a growing number of campus community members in need, while their peers at the UC Riverside Economic Crisis Response Team took an all-hands-on-deck approach to assist students in need of food and shelter.
  • Nearly 300 supporters have contributed to UC Santa Cruz’s COVID-19 Slug Support Campaign for students in need, and the UC Hastings community created a GoFundMe campaign to support the Law Café, which typically serves fresh, homemade meals on campus.

Educational continuity

Beyond campus

You can help: Donate PPE!

Our UC Health community is working hard to provide the best care to those who need it and to help uncover solutions to this global health crisis. You can join us in this effort by donating personal protective equipment (PPE) to UC. Many of our hospitals and medical centers are accepting donations of critical supplies for frontline care providers, including unused N95 respirators and surgical masks, disposable gloves, protective goggles and eye shields, and sanitizers such as disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer.

Find donation details for UC medical centers here*:


*UC Irvine is not currently accepting PPE donations.

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