Ways to help


You can make an extraordinary difference as a volunteer. 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.

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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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 archives@rochester.edu if you have questions or need assistance.

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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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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.

Host an event online

Stay connected to Rochester by hosting a virtual event.

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Virtual event proposal form

Share advice with young alumni and the class of 2020

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