Men For & With Others: Ideas for Spring Break 2020
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Over spring break, we encourage students to find a way to connect with someone in their neighborhood who may be feeling particularly isolated and lonely during this crisis, or find another way to make a positive contribution to their local community, while strictly maintaining spatial distance requirements. Campus Ministry has created this document with ideas for how students can care for others in their neighborhood without running the risk of contracting or spreading the coronavirus. In addition, Campus Ministry invites students to share examples of how you are continuing to serve others by filling out this form. They will continue to add to the list of ideas as they hear from students. We are confident the young men of Gonzaga can continue to demonstrate what it means to be a Man for Others when it matters most.
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GET OUTSIDE!Grab a trash bag and gloves and clean up your neighborhood or a local park.
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Mow the lawn of someone who looks like they could use a hand.
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SERVICE FOR YOUNG KIDSGive all your old Legos to a little kid in your neighborhood who hasn’t had a playdate in weeks and whose parents are running out of games and ideas
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Help a younger sibling with homeschooling
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Become a “shopping angel” by dropping off a bag of NON-PERISHABLE groceries (cereal, canned tuna/chicken, canned veg/fruit, beans, pasta/sauce, shelf-stable milk/juice, etc.) at Christ House, 131 S. West Street, Alexandria.
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SERVICE FOR THE ELDERLYCheck in with an elderly neighbor to see if they need anything, or drop off a care package of essentials
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and Other Marginalized PeopleWrite a letter to a grandparent to cheer their spirits during physical distancing
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Connect with someone in your neighborhood who may be feeling particularly isolated and lonely
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Assist L'Arch of Greater DC in one of two ways: 1) Donate unused, art materials (paints, canvases, coloring books, word searches, simple jigsaw puzzles). Or 2) write welcome letters and cards for residents of these communities through which people with and without intellectual disabilities are brought together. Please contact Sara Moore at sarahMoore@larche-gwdc.org in order to arrange donation drop-offs.
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THOSE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS
Reach out and ask a local food pantry or service site what they might need. Even when busy, they can be buoyed knowing you are are out there and eager to help.
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And HungerClean out your pantry at home to donate extra goods to a local organization that may need it.
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Saint Ann Parish & School is holding an Arlington Food Asssitance Center FOOD DRIVE on Saturday April 25th, 9am - 1pm. 5300 N. 10th Street, Arlington, VA 22205 Enter via the back parking lot off of Harrison Street.
Drive In, Pop your Trunk, a Volunteer will take your donation, and Drive Out having helped your neighbor.
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WITHIN OUR COMMUNITYReach out to a classmate that may not be in many social circles
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Video chat with a remote family member who may be feeling lonely or isolated.
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Create a PSA Meme to encourage friends to stay connected or safe (using the recommendations of the CDC) or about safe use of technology and devices
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THE NATION & WORLDSign a petition that advocates for the rights of vulnerable & at-risk communities during COVID-19. Ideas include immigrants, the elderly, etc.
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Research how COVID-19 is affecting other nations.
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