High Point University

Panthers support community amid COVID-19 pandemic

Caption: HPU donated 14,000 bottles of water to local organizations and first responders, including the High Point Fire Department. Photo by highpoint.edu

By Elise Coby

Staff Writer

Despite the weight and sadness of COVID-19, there is still room for hope and positivity. During this stressful and uncertain time, showing support and giving back to local communities are inspirational ways to spread positivity.

“From health and wellness, to volunteering, to supplying medical provisions for frontline responders, HPU is grateful to reside in a community that takes care of one another, just as we’re committed to helping take care of our community,” said High Point University President Nido Qubein. “With faithful courage, our community and our nation will move forward to a better future. Remember that this too shall pass.”

From donations of water bottles and ponchos to donations in support of emergency funds, HPU has shown the importance of being a part of a large community and supporting each other during challenging times. 

Recently, HPU donated 14,000 bottles of water to the Greater High Point Food Alliance, Guilford County EMS, Community Clinic of High Point, High Point Fire Department, High Point Police Department, High Point Housing Authority, High Point Physical Therapy Pro Bono Clinic, Macedonia Family Resource Center, Open Door Ministries and other area organizations.

A donation of 5,000 HPU ponchos went to Guilford County EMS for any personal protective equipment shortages, and more than 4,000 meals were donated to Open Door Ministries. Additionally, in the tradition of HPU supporting the United Way of Greater High Point with a $300,000 gift, $50,000 is specifically being designated for the United Way’s Emergency Fund.

The university’s faculty and staff have also become involved in showing their support. Associate Professor Dr. Kim Reich, the director of HPU’s health and wellness concentration, and her students are serving children and families by working with D-Up, an area nonprofit, on health promotion campaigns and activities. Dr. David Bergen, Chair and Professor of human relations, partnered with D-Up’s PNAC, an after-school program, to collect and distribute food to socioeconomically-challenged families.

Students have also worked together on various projects. Undergraduate science students are writing letters to retirement home communities. STEM activities for K-8 parents and students using Lego bricks were posted on YouTube by Stout School of Education faculty and students. Virtual astronomy shows are available for local elementary school children. The HPU Mobile Lab is also hosting a virtual Meet-A-Scientist session.

The HPU community continues to strive towards positive opportunities and support for the city of High Point during the COVID-19 pandemic.