Sundevil Stories: Inspiring & Fun
As we all navigate a new normal, Sundevils across the world are finding clever ways to make a difference in their communities.
Melisa owns Stitchology, a fabric shop that offers quilting and sewing classes in Albuquerque. To assist medical workers, Melisa is making and distributing take-home kits for 2,000 fabric masks. Melisa shared, “Each kit has directions, precut fabric and elastic. You provide the thread and sewing machine. Sew the 25 masks and drop them off at Stitchology or call us to arrange a pickup. It's that easy!” To date, Melisa has distributed more than 1,000 kits.
Earlier this week a group of alums launched the website CoronaCare NM to connect ABQ-based volunteers with front line medical workers and hospital staff. The grassroots community-based service was developed after a group of medical students saw a need for childcare for healthcare workers and staff. Michael shared, “David and Jay are fourth-year medical students. They along with some of their classmates want to help during this pandemic. The group's goal is to create a network of volunteers to help healthcare providers who need assistance with childcare, grocery shopping, petting sitting and general errands.”
Carla is a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor for the City of Longmont's Recreation Services. To stay connected with her clients, Carla is creating a series of complimentary online fitness classes. She shared, "Group fitness is a vital part of our community, and not being able to offer in-person classes is a huge loss! I want to help people stay motivated by offering ideas and classes that they can do at home while practicing social distancing. This includes using dishrags for gliding disks, small pillows, towels, and stuffed animals. I feel that it's important to try to maintain some normalcy in our fitness routines to stay healthy." Visit www.facebook.com/longmontrecreation/ to check out some of the videos Carla has created.
Jordan Hanssen '00
Transatlantic rower Jordan Hanssen '00 is using his boat to boost morale during the pandemic and was recently featured by a Seattle news station for his creative approach:
Since a lot of us are stuck at home, why not take a break, get out of those pjs (or not...) and let me take a family photo on your front porch?! I'll spend 30-40 minutes capturing some moments while my assistant and I are the recommended six feet away. In exchange for some amazing photos, I ask that you make a donation to your favorite local charity. Let's capture the quarantine!
Alumna CC Rowe '94 was featured in the news piece, As Austin Hunkers Down During Covid-19 Outbreak, One Neighbor Grabs Her Running Shoes.
Kim led special events for the Charleston County Public Library for nearly seven years, but recently left to lead childhood hunger relief programs for Lowcountry Food Bank in North Charleston, SC. She started this past Monday and said that because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the need in her region has greatly increased and shared, “I personally am humbled to work for a food bank that no matter the crisis, works to make sure the most vulnerable and food-insecure among us has access to regular, healthy food - children, seniors, and veterans. Lowcountry Food Bank is unique in that it provides direct community distribution to those most in need. Food banks are lifelines to many people regularly, but during a crisis like we are experiencing now in this country, food banks are even more important.”