Virtual Civic Engagement at CMU
In this time of uncertainty, Tartans are at their best when positively impacting the world around us with compassion and creativity. We utilize our collective ingenuity to address concerns in our backyard and around the world. Explore the meaningful ways you can take part in civic engagement—from anywhere, virtually.
Use #VirtualCMU to connect with other members of the CMU community.
Take action in this time of uncertainty with this ever-growing list of opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students, staff, faculty, alumni, and our families.
As you explore these opportunities we encourage you to consider:
- What social issues or specific communities do I care deeply about or want to learn more about?
- Am I looking for a one-time, short-term or long-term opportunity?
- Are there time-zone differences that I should consider?
- Does the organization require me to complete any training's or can I jump right in?
- If the organization works with minors, I may be required to have clearances. (Please note, given stay-at-home orders, new clearances are not being processed in many locations.)
Support Our Community
Donate directly to CMU's Pantry via the Food Insecurity Fund. Your donations support members of the CMU community in need of essential food and household items.
Provide CMU with the resources to step in and to help with individual undergraduate or graduate student needs during times of crisis.
Join a global network of digital volunteers helping research and expose human rights violations. Use your computers or phones to help researchers sift through pictures, information and documents.
Contribute your skills and passions to help people with print disabilities read. From scanning and proofreading, to describing images, to providing support for Bookshare® teachers and families.
Partner with Cards for Hospitalized Kids to make and send cards with a generally uplifting message to kids currently in the hospital.
A fitness app that allows you to choose a charity that corporate sponsors will donate to based on your physical activity. The more miles you move then the bigger a difference you can make!
Do you have website and software development, design or writing skills? Volunteer with Code for America and contribute to civic technology projects across the country while working from home.
Print, color, sign, and mail coloring pages to spread artwork and to cheer to people in need of a smile. People of any age can volunteer to color and to send their artwork to senior citizens, troops overseas and others.
Join a crowdsourced volunteer project from the University of Iowa’s Digital Library to transcribe digitized artifacts related to Iowa history.
Database of new or established projects with a focus on helping with the COVID-19 crisis.
Teach adult reading, writing and math or English as a Second Language (ESL). No teaching experience necessary, you just need enthusiasm, patience and compassion.
Partner with Operation Gratitude and Starbucks to write letters to veterans and frontline responders of COVID-19.
Transcribe oral interviews with people who lived or worked in the Grand Canyon or the nearby region. The recorded interviews and transcriptions are archived in the Museum Collections at Grand Canyon National Park and made available online.
Apply to join the United Nations Volunteer program. Choose from a wide-ranging list of activities in different fields for a longer-term service opportunity.
Carnegie Mellon has a strong tradition of philanthropy, through both monetary and in-kind donations.
Oftentimes, CMU students take the lead with impressive examples such as Greek Sing and Donut Dash in the Greek community.
Students, faculty, staff and partners can also participate in major philanthropic initiatives during the Season of Giving or the Whatever Drive, our end-of-the-year residence hall donation collection.
Set up your Amazon account so anytime you make an order, money is donated to organizations that you care about.
Donate money or other items to help feed animals and allow the shelter to continue to support those in need.
Support Catholic Charities from the Diocese of Pittsburgh with financial and other donations or volunteer work as they continue their mission to serve those in need.
Help victims and survivors of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation receive emergency housing, toiletries, food, medication.
Support a fund that will be distributed to restaurant workers in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County who are unable to work and need financial support due to COVID-19.
Donate to support Pittsburgh refugee families through Hello Neighbor. One hundred percent of the funds go directly to our immigrant neighbors.
Help provide food, supplies, and money for homeless pets and family pets in need, especially for pets whose families are impacted by COVID-19.
Support the JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry as they help families and individuals in their community who are struggling financially or with food insecurity.
Support members of the LGBTQIA+ community who are impoverished and in unstable housing situations.
Support stage workers with families and crucial financial responsibilities and help them make it through this emergency. Money will go to those who work among Pittsburgh/PA area stage community.
Donate directly to your favorite bartender, server, stylist, aesthetician or other service industry worker who is unable to work due to COVID-19.
Donate to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund to directly support the World Health Organization (WHO) as they lead and coordinate the global effort, supporting countries to prevent, detect and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.