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Student Corps COVID-19 Response – NorCal

In these times of hardships and uncertainty, the students of Student Corps’ Northern California branches have all made an effort to help those at the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. To address the high demand for medical equipment, students have come together to design and make their own homemade masks and face shields. (Huge thanks and appreciation to Jupiter Peng for designing and initiating this project!) These protective medical pieces were donated to the following local hospitals and nursing homes: 

  • Santa Clara Kaiser Permanente 
  • Eden Medical Center 
  • Oakland Kaiser Permanente
  • San Jose Redwood Post-Acute
  • Villa Fontana Retirement Center
  • Asian American Home Health
  • Morgan Hill Nursing Home
  • Foothill Community Health Center

These masks were also donated to various hospitals in New York and the AMWA (American Medical Women’s Association). 

Student Corps’ NorCal chapters have hand-made a total of 532 face shields, 317 face masks, 40 face mask filters, and 68 mask clips, and have donated them all to hospitals, nursing homes, and retirement homes. Utilizing inexpensive yet high-quality material for this project, the members of Student Corps’ NorCal chapters continue to ensure that local hospitals have an extra source for crucial protective gear against the coronavirus. 

Additionally, our students from the NorCal chapters have initiated online tutoring services to help younger students living in China. As the very first victims of this pandemic, children living in Wuhan were unable to go to school and receive regular schooling and learning hours. With 20 teacher-student pairs, the members of NorCal’s chapters continue to provide their services for the many families under strict quarantine in Wuhan. 

Thank you to everyone who has taken their time and contributed their efforts to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. In these times of dire need, we need to take this extra effort in supporting the most vulnerable, including essential workers and senior citizens. We are all in this together, and the students of the NorCal chapters will continue their efforts in tutoring and donations until we beat this invisible enemy.

Some wonderful pictures of our NorCal teams in action:

Student Corps COVID-19 Response – Massachusetts

In the midst of this global pandemic, our Student Corps volunteers have rallied and put together a months-long effort to distribute and donate supplies to local medical centers. In this post, we’ll highlight some of the great achievements our Massachusetts branches have made. Stay tuned for our next post highlighting our California branches’ projects!

Together, our Massachusetts branches have donated 9263 surgical masks, N95 masks, and other breathing masks. That’s amazing! A lot of our materials were sourced from donations shipped abroad, so we would like to thank our friends across the ocean and shipping companies for keeping our packages safe and helping us move critical medical supplies during this difficult time.

We have also donated over 500 hand-sewn masks and hats to local senior homes and hospices, to help protect our most vulnerable population and those who take care of them every day.

Our Massachusetts branches together have also donated $2320 to the emergency COVID-19 fund of Massachusetts General Hospital, donated in four batches.

Our students have also started a virtual tutoring initiative specially designed for children with parents working during the day for essential services, especially since students are studying at home now. Please feel free to share our program with anyone who might benefit from it!

Thank you so much to our student community for your wonderful efforts and for your courage to help the people most in need during this pandemic. The future is in good hands with your generosity and compassion!

Some wonderful pictures of our Massachusetts teams in action:

In our first wave of donations, we made a big delivery of over 6000 masks to Massachusetts General Hospital, where it was warmly welcomed by nurses working on the front line. Go students!
6000 masks is a lot of boxes! Our volunteers helped in the pouring rain to move everything into Massachusetts General Hospital’s donation receiving center, to make sure everything got to where it needed to be.
Our volunteers even received a personal thank-you letter from Dr. Nicholson, Senior Vice President for Development at Massachusetts General Hospital!
Our students met with nurses from Lexington Pediatrics to donate masks. We also sent boxes of masks to Boston College’s William F. Connell School of Nursing and local hospice and nurse associations!
Students drove themselves to AdviniaCare in Salem, MA to donate boxes of masks and other medical supplies.
Our students even learned how to sew in quarantine to be able to make homemade masks for local senior homes and hospices! We made over 500 masks and hats, all from recycled materials.
The Wellesley Stars branch delivered hand-sewn masks to The Falls at Cordingly Dam, a local senior home where they had performed volunteer music concerts for the residents before quarantine.

NorCal Chapters 2018 – 2019

Through the years of 2018 and 2019, the volunteers of Student Corps’ NorCal chapters participated in a variety of events and long term goals to help families in need and spread awareness on different causes. With our partnership with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Bay Area (BBBS), the students collectively raised 500 dollars to donate in the form of a scholarship to a child in need. This included a year long bottle recycling program that contributed to the majority of the money raised. Additionally, in both the years of 2018 and 2019, the students of our NorCal chapters joined BBBS in their annual Bowl for Kids Sake event to help celebrate the year long fundraiser. Alongside this partnership, many more individual events were held. Our students joined the 2nd Harvest Food Bank in helping sort food for people in need, helped the Stanford Asian Liver Center to spread awareness on HBV, and many more events that heavily benefitted the community in a vast variety of ways.

Leisure Village Performance: 12-6-2019

On December 6, 2019, various members from different Student Corps Southern California chapters performed at the monthly music event hosted at Leisure Village, a senior retirement center located in Camarillo, CA.

Here was the program:

1. Hallelujah

Performed by Linda Cao & Alan Wu, Violinists

2. Bartok Rondo No.1

Performed by Simon Yao, Piano

3,”Yesterday Once More” by The Carpenters

Performed by Perry Ji, Solo

4,Chamber: Kiss The Rain

piano: Grace Pei

Violin: Linda Cao

Flute : Eileen Zhang

Cello:Nelson Hu

Music edit: Eileen Zhang

Congratulations to all for hosting a wonderful performance in front of 100+ seniors! We hope to see you all again for future volunteering events.

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Leisure Village Performance- 1/3/2020

On January 3rd, various members from different Student Corps Southern California chapters performed at the monthly music event hosted at Leisure Village, a senior retirement center located in Camarillo, CA.

Here was the program:

1. Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel

Performed by Linda & Alan, violinists

2. Sonatina Op.36,No.6- Muzio Clementi

Performed by Winston You, piano

3. Concerto No. 2 In G major-

Performed by Isabella Zhong, violin

4. Suite in A Minor no. II Les Plaisirs by Telemann

Performed by Catherine Cheng, Flute

5. Concerto in A Minor By Vivaldi

Performed by Anna Lu, Violin

6. Can’t turn you loose

Performed by JDance: Cathleen Chen, Lily Zhang, Jasmine Zhang

Congratulations to all for hosting a wonderful performance in front of 100+ seniors! We hope to see you all again for future volunteering events.