How you can help during the COVID-19 pandemic
During this national crisis period, Virginia Commonwealth University is focused on how to provide the best services to our patients and students.
As central Virginia’s COVID response team, our researchers and caregivers are working around the clock to provide resources and care to fight this pandemic. Meanwhile, our faculty and students have transitioned to a completely online teaching and learning environment, which provides its own set of challenges.
Help VCU respond to the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting one of two brand new funds.
VCU COVID-19 Response Fund
Administered by the Office of the Senior Vice President for VCU Health Sciences and CEO of VCU Health System, the VCU COVID-19 Response Fund supports research and clinical care related to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as:
- Central Virginia COVID-19 Command Center
- Medical research
- Using new technologies to test for and diagnose the virus and discovering new or existing therapies to treat the virus
- Creating lab testing kits
- Clinical care
- Covering the financial and material needs of caregivers and patients and training frontline health workers in the U.S. and abroad to respond effectively to the pandemic
- Emergency services for patients, including an emergency triage center
- Screening based on CDC and VDH guidance
- Full-function treatment rooms for pediatric care
- Provision of clinical information for central Virginia
VCU Student Life and Learning Fund
Administered by the Office of the Provost, the VCU Student Life and Learning Fund provides unrestricted dollars dedicated to enriching the life and learning experiences of VCU students or student groups. Funds support the most pressing student needs, such as:
- Emergency assistance for travel, internet access, housing and other needs
- Student costs, including equipment, online resources, books and supplies
- Conference and experiential learning opportunities
- Tuition relief, academic and career advising, and internship support
Resources for you
- VCU Health has a COVID-19 hotline managed by our poison control team who have received additional training about COVID-19. It is staffed 24/7 and available to the public: (804) 628-7425.
- Stay up to date at the VCU COVID-19 blog and the VCU Health COVID-19 blog.
The Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund has been established at the Community Foundation. The fund provides flexible support for community-based organizations serving the most vulnerable in our community, and those facing hardship because of reduced revenue. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis to nonprofit organizations only. Learn more.