In keeping with Cal Lutheran's mission to educate leaders rooted in service and justice, the Community Service Center creates opportunities that lie at the intersection between student interests and service. We strive to empower students to make a difference in their community.
COVID-19 RESOURCES GUIDE:
- DONATE TIME:
Donate blood if you are healthy and able to do so.
United Way of Ventura County Mobilizing 211 Volunteer Corps - This volunteer opportunity is for the Ventura Call Center to respond to questions about COVID-19. Training is provided at 8:30AM, 12:30PM, and 4:30PM daily, volunteers would need to contact Lauren.Zika@vcunitedway.org for location and with any questions. They ask that volunteers bring their own laptop and earbuds/headphones with microphone attached. They also ask potential volunteers to look over the CDC's info about the virus here and the CA Public here.
Food Share of Ventura County - Ventura County’s regional food bank is considered essential and is still in need of volunteers. “As an essential service, we are expected and will remain open during this shelter in place while all other non-essential services (including schools) are closed. Our volunteer program will continue, with a strong encouragement for all volunteers over the age of 65 to please remain at home.”
United Way Volunteer Ventura County - always an ongoing resource for neighbors and organizations in need of help (whether that is in person or digital).
Offer to pick up groceries or supplies for your older or at-risk neighbors. To avoid crowds, use services like Target Drive Up, Uber eats, Grubhub, Doordash, etc.
Call your local hospital or fire station and offer to buy takeout for the staff from a local restaurant.
- DONATE MONEY, FOOD, SUPPLIES:
The Outrage Postcard Project - Select a postcard online, choose what you pay, and type your message out. The Outrage will hire a person who has lost their job due to COVID-19 to handwrite your card and send it out.
Cal Lutheran Community Cupboard - donations and gift cards.
Food Share of Ventura County - Ventura County hunger relief and regional food bank.
Feeding America - Supports a network of local food banks across the country.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Conejo Valley - Opened three clubs providing all-day supervision and support to youth most vulnerable to the negative impacts of prolonged school closures. These include economically and physically vulnerable children, children of families for whom telework and paid sick leave is not available, and children of essential workers that must continue serving the community (healthcare, first responders, grocery store workers, etc.). They are the ONLY childcare open between Newbury Park and Calabasas right now.
United Way’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund - Your generosity will help families and people in need access critical information and services like food, shelter, and more through our United Way network. 95% of your donation will provide relief to those left vulnerable by the pandemic.
Support Workers in Crisis - We’re providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more who need the money they aren’t getting to survive. Please help!
World Health Organization - raising funds to buy equipment and help with the situation.
California Food Policy Advocates pushes policy solutions to help low-income people across the state access healthy food.
Farmworker Justice is a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower migrant and seasonal farmworkers to improve their living and working conditions, immigration status, health, occupational safety, and access to justice. Read their Statement on COVID-19 and the Risks to Farmworkers.
Food Chain Workers Alliance is a coalition of worker-based organizations whose members plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve, and sell food, organizing to improve wages and working conditions for all workers along the food chain.
Meals on Wheels - donate or volunteer - is the only federally supported program designed specifically to meet the nutritional and social needs of seniors.
NAMI - National Alliance for Mental Illness
- RESOURCES FOR THOSE IN NEED:
Manna Conejo Valley - food assistance for individuals and families
Food Share of Ventura County - Ventura County Food Bank
Everytable - providing access to healthy, fresh food - hotline- (323) 458-6487
HOTLINES AND SUPPORT NUMBERS:
- Suicide Prevention: 800-273-8255
- Substance Abuse/Mental Health Helpline: 1-800-662-4357
- Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-4673
- Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
- Crisis Text Line: Text HELLO to 741741
- 1-866-342-6892 Free access to specially trained mental health specialists to support people experiencing anxiety or stress around COVID-19.
- NAMI Resource line: 805-500-6264
The Outrage Postcard Project Employment form - The Outrage is hiring people who lost their job due to COVID-19 to handwrite postcards for $15/hour.
CLU STUDENT RESOURCES:
Health Services - If you need to report a case of COVID-19, of exposure to it, or are being tested for it please contact the Director of Health Services, Kerri Lauchner at firstname.lastname@example.org. Health Services is open but only by appointment. Please call our office for an appointment, (805) 493-3225, and proper triage before entering our office. Same day appointments are usually available for urgent needs.
Pearson Library - What service do they offer virtually? Follow @PearsonLibrary
Math Center - Virtual tutoring available. Follow @clumathcenter
Billing and Payment - email@example.com
Counseling and Psychological Services - We are providing phone crisis management. If you are experiencing a psychological emergency, a clinician will be able to assist you during our emergency hours of Monday through Friday, 9 am - 10:30 am, and 1 pm - 3:30 pm, During these times, you may call (805) 493-3727 to get connected to a clinician. We are maintaining normal office hours, Monday through Friday, 9 am - 12 noon and 1 pm - 5 pm virtually. You may call the front desk at (805) 493-3727.
How we can help:
- Meet with our team to brainstorm ideas for service events on an individual level or as a group
- Build connections with organizations in our community that meet your volunteer interests
- Collaboration on service projects or interfaith programs on campus
- Assistance in spreading the word about your events to recruit more participants
Stay in touch:
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Our areas of service include:
Environment & Sustainability
Youth & Education
Homelessness & Poverty
From blood drives to volunteering in the SEEd Garden, give back by signing up for one of these Community Service Center sponsored events.
Connect with Organizations
Browse our local organizations list to find volunteer opportunities that align with your passions.
Do something more with your winter or spring break! Join fellow students, faculty, and staff by helping others in need within the U.S. and beyond.