It’s a catchphrase that describes Lobos around the world – “Each of Us Defines All of Us.” Now, in the time of a worldwide crisis, The University of New Mexico is using this philosophy in its efforts to continue supporting one another and the greater Albuquerque community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Every Lobo – whether they are in New Mexico, across the country, or around the globe – has been impacted by this pandemic. UNM’s top priority is the health, well-being, and safety of those on its campuses and the community at large. In this time of uncertainty, the Lobo community may be looking for ways to help.
The UNM Foundation, the institution’s fundraising arm, has several funds that will help UNM continue its efforts in serving UNM’s hospital and students on main campus and at the Health Sciences Center.
“The UNM community, like communities everywhere, is facing unprecedented challenges. The Foundation’s role is to support the University and help meet its needs through philanthropy; and this pandemic is creating some real challenges for the people of UNM,” said Jeff Todd, UNM Foundation President & CEO.
The funds include:
- UNM Hospital Crisis Relief Fund
- Main Campus Student Emergency Relief Fund
- Health Sciences Student Emergency Relief Fund
- Lobo Food Pantry
UNM Hospital is the first place the community turns to, especially in a crisis. The UNM Hospital system is working diligently to provide quality emergency medical care and assistance to patients whose lives have been affected by the coronavirus. The UNM Health Sciences Center and Hospital System continues its tireless work providing care to those in need, conducting vital research and training the next generation of health care providers. The UNM Hospital Crisis Relief Fund will provide much needed support for equipment, supplies and other resources to care for patients and to help protect the staff at UNMH.
The UNM Health Sciences Center and Hospital System are not the only areas that have been impacted. Students have also been unexpectedly impacted by this crisis in numerous areas including academics, housing and food. A donation to the Main Campus Student Emergency Relief Fund or the Health Sciences Student Emergency Relief Fund will help students navigate financial difficulties including housing and food insecurity, reduced job hours / income, technology needs for remote learning, medical care and prescriptions and other needs to help these students continue to be successful during this emergency.
Donors can also help support the Lobo Food Pantry, which provides free groceries to students, employees and community members who need access to food. A recent Lobo Food Pantry food giveaway was canceled due to a lack of food resources. A donation will help support the costs associated with running the food pantry and ultimately help people in need.
“These four funds will help support our healthcare workers, our community, and our students who are impacted during this pandemic,” said Todd. “We will continue to do everything we can to assist the University in its mission to serve New Mexico.”