How to Help

how to help




During this time of great uncertainty around the world, alumni and friends are reaching out to the University and offering their help.

You can make an extraordinary difference. No matter where you live or how much time you have to spare, you can help contribute to the University of Rochester community. Browse the opportunities below, or to learn more about other volunteer opportunities, please contact Lea Nordhaus.

Share advice with the class of 2020 and young alumni

Share your experience and advice on any and all aspects of post-college life to Beyond the Genesee, our online resource guide featuring tips and advice exclusively from University of Rochester alumni.

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Hire students

During this uncertain time, many current students and graduating seniors are in need of work. If you have a role that you’re looking to fill, please consider these timely resources and updates:

  • Post internship and full-time opportunities on Handshake.
  • Transition to virtual internships. Contact the Greene Center for Career Education and Connections to learn more and discuss what makes sense for your organization’s needs.
  • Consider a “micro-internship.” Unlike traditional internships, micro-internships can take place year-round, with flexible hours and terms based on specific projects. The Greene Center is currently working with two organizations that specialize in this field: Parker Dewey and ProMazo.

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We know the recent developments related to Covid-19 are having an impact on many graduate students as well, and we will continue to update information as well as programs and services available across the University. Please see below for resources from each of our schools.

  • The College Arts, Sciences and Engineering: Please see the Greene Center Covid-19 updates page for information on resources offered and to make an appointment with a career advisor. 

Stay in touch

Now, more than ever, it’s important that career networks and personal and professional connections are maintained and cultivated. Alumni, parents, and students can network and connect on The Meliora Collective, our digital career platform. We’ve also created a new group, managed by Alumni Career Coaches, who are available to field questions, and work with you to support anyone who may need help with professional interests.

Follow UR Alumni on social media—and join your regional network, or class-specific conversation too. There are other exciting social media campaigns and accounts like Eastman Connects, #MAGatHome, and URMC Heroes that highlight the incredible work from areas around the University and Medical Center.

Share your reflections

The novel coronavirus pandemic has affected all members of the University community in a variety of ways. How we are responding, what we are thinking, and what we are doing during this time is valuable to researchers today and in the future. To help preserve this time in our history, the University archivist is asking students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University to share reflections on COVID-19. Contribute photographs, drawings, journal entries, social media posts, video and audio recordings, and more. Contact Melissa Mead, the John M. and Barbara Keil University Archivist and Rochester Collections Librarian, at if you have questions or need assistance.

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Host an event online

Stay connected to Rochester by hosting a virtual event.

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Donate blood

The University of Rochester Medical Center, and many health care facilities and hospitals around the world, are facing a critical shortage of blood donations right now. By donating blood, you can directly help to heal those who are ill. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need, and there are many who need our help today.

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Donate supplies or food

The needs of UR Medicine are rapidly changing, but there are many ways you can help today. By donating supplies and food you can help to bolster their response to this crisis. Please review the guidelines on this website for donations.

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Life is full of twists and turns—especially as we are all responding and adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic—and we want to be there for you through it all. The University of Rochester is committed to providing a diverse offering of benefits and services to our more than 115,000 alumni around the world—in response to whatever life may bring.

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To learn more about making a gift to support the University and Medical Center during this time, visit here.