The state of New York quickly became the location of a large outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States, requiring more personal protective equipment, ventilators, healthcare workers, and hospital space than most other states. Despite the breadth of the outbreak, numerous people have stepped up to serve with empathy in a variety of ways, from making masks, donating equipment, and donating financial help to those in need. New York community college responses to COVID-19 have been among those positive and caring responses that bring out the best in people.
Kingsborough Community College
As many of the students of Kingsborough Community College face the unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, KCC has been there to support and assist them during this time. KCC has a relief fund for students that will assist them with financial needs such as rent, food, WiFi, and basic needs as many have lost jobs during this time. KCC is also allowing students to check out laptops free of charge to use for their remote learning during the stay-at-home order.
Borough of Manhattan Community College
To ensure that the students at Borough of Manhattan Community College can continue with their education during this time a fund has been created to assist them with the unique struggle they are now facing. Many of these students are first-generation college students and are seeking to improve their future through education. This fund will allow them to have financial support for rent, food, and educational needs.
The City University of New York
The City University of New York has purchased 30,000 laptops for students to enable them to continue their education through the online learning format. Free WiFi access and other resources have also been allotted to students during this time. Discounted dormitory fees and activity fees have also been in place for students during this time. CUNY is also manufacturing hundreds of face shields a day using their 3-D printers.
Nassau Community College
As the pandemic has had an impact on the mental health of many New Yorkers, Nassau Community College has created a place where students and others can access free resources in regards to mental health. This resource taps into the resources of over 6,000 mental health professionals that are volunteering their time and expertise.
Rockland Community College
Rockland Community College in New York’s small business development center has spent the past weeks learning how COVID-19 is impacting small businesses in New York and preparing how best to provide counseling for them. All transactions and interactions are done online.
The City College of New York
Currently, many students and faculty have been affected personally by COVID-19 by the death of a loved one or close friend. As many have lost jobs and are facing financial hardships alongside the results of the pandemic, a fund has been created to help alleviate those financial hardships. The City College of New York will help with this fund and it will benefit many of the students and enable them to continue their education.
Pratt Institute in Brooklyn New York has risen to the occasion and created thousands of face shields to protect healthcare workers on the frontlines. Students have also personally taken to serving those in need of masks. One art student took her creative skills to design face coverings for others and has since been sewing hundreds and mailing them out.
Clinton Community College
Clinton Community College has been utilizing its resources to produce more personal protective equipment for those fighting the virus on the frontlines. They are also using the 3-D printers available to make face masks during this time.
Molloy College has joined with other institutions to house the many healthcare workers that have come from around the country to aid in caring for those that require healthcare services due to the health complications of COVID-19.
The State University of New York
The State University of New York has organized several funds that people can contribute to to help students and the community. Donations can go towards technology for students that do not have access to a laptop or WiFi during remote learning. The SUNY Together fund goes towards community items such as personal protective equipment, medical research, and the student emergency fund. SUNY has also teamed up with CUNY to use their 3-D printers to make personal protective equipment and are making up to 2,100 per day.
While every community within the state of New York has been impacted by COVID-19, many of those local community colleges’ responses to COVID-19 have been a sign of how important these institutions are. As they support their students through emergency funds and support their communities with necessary healthcare workers, it’s clear to see why community colleges are essential.
Please contact us if you’ve heard of a college’s amazing response to COVID-19 so we can add them to our list!