Students combat the impact of Covid-19 on the local community
The COVID-19 pandemic has provoked an unprecedented response as volunteers in communities across the world are mobilising to help beat the disease. Our own students have responded by forming an LBS COVID-19 Volunteer Group, as group member Stacy Sawin, MBA2021 explains…
“The LBS COVID-19 Volunteer Group mobilises LBS students to help those most affected by COVID-19 in our local community. More than 150 students have signed up in the last few days and have been connected to existing community groups and volunteering opportunities. We are sharing best practice from across our networks, supporting new volunteering and fundraising ideas and looking at ways to help SMEs and other businesses.
In collaboration with local organisations like mutual aid groups, we are involved in a range of volunteering initiatives including establishing community partnerships, dog-walking services for the elderly and supporting local food banks. We are also supporting our hard-pressed local NHS staff by delivering food and home-baked treats to workers at St Mary’s Hospital and UCHL.
One of our group members, David Jones has been in contact with UK prisons, which often dispose large quantities of food. In collaboration with Executive MBA student Dr Kumar at HM Prison Thamesside, a donation of more than 1,000 kg of fresh food has been made to the Fareshare fresh food program."