Shifting classes online meant students were home for the majority of spring term. The separation and effects of the pandemic may have been difficult for some. Mealy Cronin '23 decided to turn the feeling of helplessness into an act of kindness. So she created a fundraise page to help those who are helping us during the pandemic.
Mealy '23 shares, "The nature of this virus keeps us apart and makes it difficult for us to unite to help those in need." To help, she organized donations to purchase items and deliver meals for those on the front lines combating the virus in her home state of Virginia. The funds total over $8,000 and have been distributed to local fire departments, nursing homes, hospitals, grocery store personnel, and more.
Several news stations have picked up Mealy's inspiring story of support. An interview with NBC Washington can be viewed here.
Mealy has been invited to INOVA Hospital Junior Visionary Program which engages youth professionals focused on supporting their communities. An update from Mealy on the fundraising page explains, "My first endeavor as a Junior Visionary is participation in a virtual 5K to raise money to support INOVA Hospital's Emergency Preparedness Fund, which is helping to provide resources during this crisis".