Elon University is committed to partnering with local communities as they respond to the many challenges and disruptions of COVID-19. Below are ways faculty, staff, students, and alumni can engage with the local community and learn about current needs in the community.

Donating and Volunteering

United Way is coordinating donations and volunteer efforts to help Alamance County neighbors with needs related to food, housing, childcare, and transportation.

Information can be found here about opportunities to donate or volunteer.

Support Frontline Responders and Town of Elon Businesses

The Frontline Fund has been created to support emergency personnel and Elon restaurants. Funds are used to feed essential workers across Alamance County while directing much-needed business to Elon restaurants to help them survive the pandemic. Recent efforts include Easter Dinners from The Inn at Elon for police and fire department, tacos from Tangent for hospital staff, Oak House coffee for fire, police, EMS, hospital workers, and postal service. Click here to donate.

Virtual Community Baby Shower

The Dream Center and Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies are hosting a “virtual community baby shower” to meet families’ needs for diapers and baby wipes. Items from this Amazon wish list can be purchased and shipped directly to the City Gate Dream Center (1423 N. Church Street, Burlington, NC 27217).

Donations of New Clothing

Alamance Regional Medical Center needs the following clothing items for released patients whose clothing was disposed of per infection control guidelines. Donated items must be new with tags still attached. No draw strings or shoe laces may be included. Items can be shipped or delivered to the ARMC Foundation at 1225 Huffman Mill Road, Suite 204, Burlington, NC, 27215.

  • Women’s sweatshirts all sizes
  • Shoe sizes 8, 9, 10 (no shoe strings)
  • Men’s and women’s sweatpants (L, XL, 2X)
  • Men’s shorts all sizes

Temporary Volunteer Hours Policy Change

Working with Staff Council, the University has approved a temporary change to the policy on annual volunteer hours. Temporarily and with supervisor approval, staff may use the 16 annual volunteer hours to support COVID-19 related needs in our communities. When reporting such leave hours, click on the “Disaster Relief” category under volunteer hours. Staff approved by supervisors to be away for volunteer hours should still abide CDC guidelines for social distancing, handwashing, and avoiding gatherings of more than 50 people.

Support for Businesses and Non-Profits

Organizations across Alamance County are partnering to support businesses and non-profits. The Alamance Strong web site contains a wide range of such resources, including how to apply for SBA loans and more.

In particular need are people with small business expertise or who can serve as translators for Spanish-speaking small business owners. Please contact jstein@elon.edu if you have resources to share.