Orange County high schoolers are making a difference during the pandemic.
By Sharael Kolberg
Thirteen high school students from Orange County have united to form the Covid-19 Relief Passion Project whose goal is to provide support and hope in the midst of this global pandemic. Participating students are creating a sense of community and providing relief during a time of uncertainty and panic. Members are hard at work making masks to donate to those in need, raising money for medical-grade masks and gowns, providing companionship via “pen pal” for the elderly, and in the works of creating other forms of comfort for the community.
The project was spearheaded by Shellee Howard, founder of College Ready, in an effort to inspire her students to make a difference.
“Both of my children are in medical school and I am concerned about what they have to face,” said Howard. “I believe the students I get to mentor are change makers and I wanted to give them an opportunity to show how amazing they are.”
As many communities suffer the effects of Covid-19, the group’s mission is to inform and serve the members of their communities with goals of helping those in need and bringing awareness to prevent the virus’ spread. The group has divided into interest-based teams working on art, business, outreach, research, and writing.
“I got involved in this project because I have never witnessed a bigger need, and I knew I could lead my peers to make a huge impact,” said high school junior Grace Jones. “ Even if we only ended up helping a few people, I would be honored to have helped in some form during these trying times.”
If you would like to volunteer, donate, or need supplies and/or support, you can find out more information at Covid19PassionProject.com. These driven students are actively looking for eager individuals and companies to contribute to their cause.
This is a great opportunity to make a difference in your community.