During this unsettling time, Princeton’s informal motto — “In the nation’s service and the service of humanity” — takes on an even greater resonance as we confront the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. From the front lines at the hospitals to the homefront of neighborhood communities, Princeton alumni, faculty, staff and students are helping fellow Tigers and serving others in need.
In New York City, Evan Garfein ’92 set aside his normal responsibilities as a plastic surgeon who works with cancer and trauma patients and began working 12-hour shifts in his hospital’s emergency room. “It’s all hands on deck,” he said.
Maggie Zhang ’16 and Daniel He ’16 created Local for Later, an online directory to promote local businesses through gift cards. “Whether it’s buying a gift card, donating to a fundraiser, or sharing a story, we can all do our part to support our local businesses,” they wrote on their site, which has grown to include 11 U.S. cities.
In Los Angeles, Brigitte Remy-Yee '10 volunteered to pick up essential groceries or prescriptions for fellow Princetonians who are elderly or have respiratory or other high-risk medical issues. “It's the least I can do to pitch in during these weird times,” she wrote on her LinkedIn page.
Times like this remind us just how much we rely on relationships with communities of extraordinary people. We are launching a campaign of inspiring stories, and we are eager to hear about efforts, large and small, of #TigersHelping.
Please post your stories using the hashtag #TigersHelping, follow @princetonalumni social media channels — including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with how you and other Tigers are helping in the world today.