Welcome to our engaged campus and be prepared for an incredible transformation that will help you use your education to create change in the world.
In the words of Fred Rogers, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” In the spirit of Fred Rogers, many of us are asking how to “Be a good neighbor” and support our support during this difficult time.
• OneBlood has shared that there is a continued need to collect blood and plasma donations. Due to the outpouring of support, it is extremely difficult to accommodate walk-ins. At the this time, please make an appointment at OneBlood.org or call 1.888.9.DONATE (1.888.936.6283). Due to website overloads, it is highly recommended to call the hotline. Additionally, Rollins has been in contact with OneBlood; currently all buses have been routed to the blood center branches to provide support and reduce wait times. Their hope is to get more buses out into the community as soon as possible and Rollins has been added to the list of possible host locations.
• There have been two different funds created in an effort to support the victims, survivors and their families, one by Equality Florida(https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund) and the second from a network of local non-profit organizations: GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, MBA, Hope and Help, Two Spirit Health, Zebra Coalition, and various other organizations: https://www.gofundme.com/29bubytq
• To help aid in the outpouring of support from the community, the City of Orlando - Your City Government is asking those interested in volunteering to fill out an online form found here: http://www.cityoforlando.net/…/orlandounited-want-to-help-…/.
• The Orange County Neighborhoods Department is also asking for Spanish language interpreters/translators. This would be for all forms of communication – emergency, updates to care from doctors, support, advocacy, resources, including written Spanish as well. You may contact them directly via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 407-836-5614.
We anticipate additional needs in the days ahead; updates will be shared via the Rollins College Center for Leadership and Community EngagementFacebook page (https://www.facebook.com/RollinsCLCE/). You can also contact the Center for Leadership & Community Engagement directly if you have additional questions at 407-691-1250. We would also like to acknowledge and share our gratitude to those that have already provided support during this difficult time.
“An engaged campus is one that is consciously committed to reinvigorating the democratic spirit and community engagement in all aspects of its campus life: students, faculty, staff and the institution itself. The engaged campus recognizes that knowledge cannot be separated from the purposes to which it is directed. The engaged campus is not just located within a community, it is intimately connected to the public purposes and aspirations of community life itself. The engaged campus is unable to separate its unique responsibility for the development of knowledge, from the role of knowledge in a democratic society to form the basis for social progress and human equality.”
— Campus Compact