It takes a village — or in this case, it takes connections between faculty, staff and the community. That’s how Hobart and William Smith ended up donating 150 boxes of nitrile gloves to Geneva General Hospital during the COVID-19 outbreak.
After learning of the shortage, Professor of Biology Kristy Kenyon raised the question of donating the department’s store of supplies to department chair and Associate Professor of Biology Patricia Mowery, who in turn enlisted the chairs of the other science departments. Staff from Hobart Athletics and William Smith Athletics were also gathering gloves at the same time.
The gloves were collected by Associate Vice President of Campus Safety Marty Corbett while Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning Katie Flowers made arrangements with Lara Turbide, vice president of community services at Finger Lakes Health, to accept the delivery.
“When we received a request for masks and gloves from our partners at Finger Lakes Health, it was no surprise that HWS colleagues had already started assessing inventory and had supplies ready to share, or that campus safety was prepared to assist with coordination and delivery in order to maintain safety protocols,” says Flowers.
The gloves were delivered to the hospital staff on the afternoon of March 26 by Campus Safety Officer Richard Schoonerman.
Turbide says Finger Lakes Health has been inspired by the outpouring of support from the community.
“These are extraordinary times and people like you whose kindness and generosity are making all the difference,” says Turbide.