Now, more than ever, is the time for institutions to work in close partnership with our communities.
Despite incredible challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, community resilience, knowledge and innovation has mobilized with strength. From distance-delivered events, to innovative volunteer-driven education, to grassroots mobilization on issues like food security, climate change, isolation, health services and knowledge mobilization, existing programs have found ways to adapt to the new world of physical distancing, and new initiatives in partnership with community are having significant, emergent impact.
Explore this emerging work
Volunteering goes online at SFU Surrey – TD Community Engagement Centre
When the COVID-19 lockdown hit, the SFU Surrey CEC shut down 21 programs and sent home more than 100 volunteers. Thanks to the passion and courage of SFU students, even a global pandemic can’t stop the SFU Surrey – TD Community Engagement Centre’s (SFU Surrey CEC) volunteer-run programs
Donate a laptop, make a difference
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has created a new barriers to learning and connecting for low-income families in Surrey, we have started a Tech Initiative to provide laptops for children and youth in need to participate equitably.
New food hub supporting students launches on Burnaby campus
COVID-19 has dramatically impacted many aspects of our daily lives. Disparities in our society have become increasingly apparent as more of the population, including students, find themselves suddenly without income and, in some cases, without reliable access to food.