Westfield State plans to resume its traditional, on-campus schedule for fall 2020. Given the ongoing uncertainties related to COVID-19, we believe it is also prudent to develop contingency plans. Updates will be communicated as they become available.

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COVID-19 pandemic inspires Westfield State University philanthropic spirit and action

Westfield State University is coordinating with local and state officials to respond to the needs of students on campus as well as residents across the Commonwealth amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Essential supplies donated to MEMA

Westfield State University has donated high-demand supplies to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to help the state’s effort to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. MEMA will, in turn, distribute these supplies to organizations that request them.

Massachusetts National Guard service members were on campus Friday, March 27, to load onto trucks two pallets of supplies that included approximately 100 boxes of protective gloves as well as lab coats, safety goggles, hand sanitizer, and floor scrubber pads.

“I am extremely proud and impressed by Westfield State University’s response and the donations from our campus community,” said Gary Duggan, director of procurement and administrative services at Westfield State. “Everyone worked in a cooperative spirit to identify and donate as much as we could during this challenging time.”

For more information about how Westfield State University is responding to the pandemic, please visit the University’s Coronavirus Update webpage.

Food donations directed to Common Goods

Following the University’s transition to remote learning, students, faculty, staff and parishioners at the Interfaith Center on campus have generously donated food and essential items to support the Common Goods food pantry. The pantry aims to alleviate food insecurity for Westfield State students while they work toward completing their education, and it also helps faculty and staff who are in need of help to provide for themselves and their families.

Common Goods strives to create a welcoming, nonjudgmental, and safe environment. It is an “open shelf” pantry, in that participants may choose what kinds and what quantities of items they need, and may visit the food pantry as many times as they wish, but appointments need to be made with pantry staff.

“The Common Goods food pantry project has always been the work of many hands, from the behind-the-scenes coordination, to the volunteer staff, to the members of the Westfield State community and beyond who have generously donated goods over the years,” said Celeste Donovan, Ph.D., director of the University’s TRiO Student Support Services Program. “The commitment and support from our WSU community is stronger now than ever before.” 

Monetary donations and sponsorship of food drives are welcome. Please send an email to commongoods@westfield.ma.edu to collaborate.

Student Emergency Fund established

The Westfield State Foundation has created “Owls Helping Owls,” a student emergency fund established to support the essential needs of Westfield State students who may not have parents or champions to help them in this uncertain and challenging time.

Since its recent establishment, more than $7,000 has been raised to support these students.

“I am highly encouraged by the response,” said Dr. Erica Broman, Westfield State University vice president for Institutional Advancement and executive director of the Westfield State Foundation. “Some of the students remaining on campus during this time are foster students or those aging out of the system. They truly have neither alternatives nor champions to guide them. Westfield State is their family.” 

Broman explained that the pandemic is trying enough for members of the campus community who have existing support and resources. For those without such a support network, the challenges are further amplified.

“Owls Helping Owls can make a real difference for the more vulnerable student population, she said.   

For more information or to make a donation, visit westfield.ma.edu/owlhelp.