How to Help During COVID-19
Over the course of more than a century, Loyola University New Orleans has endured and overcome World War I, the Great Influenza of 1918, World War II, and Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures of 2005. Once again, we are guided by our Jesuit and Catholic mission to be a source of ingenuity and hope in a challenging time. Many Loyola alumni are on the front lines providing care and solving problems in the pandemic of 2020, and our faculty are training tomorrow's innovators and leaders.
There are several ways alumni and donors can support Loyola's ongoing mission.
How can I volunteer to help during this time?
We hope Loyola alumni and friends in their golden years are keeping safe at home, but we do not want them to feel alone. You can help by volunteering to call or mail notes to older Loyola alumni. The simple act of checking in, saying hello, and offering a listening ear might be one of the greatest gifts we can give one another during the days ahead. If you would like to reach out to Loyola alumni in their golden years via phone or mail over the coming weeks, please volunteer for Check on the Pack!
What are Loyola’s biggest giving needs at this time?
Loyola University serves as a source of stability for over 4,500 students, offering them not only education, but often employment, counseling, spiritual strength, community, and housing as well. When the pandemic first reached New Orleans, effective planning led to an early and nearly seamless transition to online education for the social distancing these times require. The Loyola Fund is essential to the university's continuing financial stability in challenging times. Your generosity has tremendous impact as Loyola continues to educate students in quickly-changing circumstances and prepares to return to the campus we all know and love. Make your gift here.
What else can I do to contribute?
As men and women for others, Loyola alumni and donors go the extra mile in times of trouble. Please share videos, photos, and stories showing us how you are supporting others and adjusting to remote living. Your stories will be featured in our special edition Wolf Pack Weekly alumni newsletter and on Loyola's new Heart of the Pack website! Email a story to share with the 'Pack to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there a way to share job opportunities?
If you know of a job opening or internship within your company or community that may be of interest to Loyola students, please share it! Loyola students use the Handshake platform to search for job opportunities, and we encourage all alumni and donors to add openings to our system. Jill Boatright, Director for Career Development, (email@example.com) can assist with any Handshake questions you may have.
How do I reach someone in University Advancement or Alumni Engagement?
The entire Advancement and Alumni staff is just a phone call or email away! The University Advancement staff directory is available here. All staff members have forwarded their office phones to their cell phones, so telephone contact will continue as usual. General inquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 504.861.5454.
What benefits are available to alumni and donors through the CARES Act?
The CARES Act recently passed by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has several features that may benefit Loyola alumni and donors, including student loan forbearance and tax incentives. Get the full details.