COVID-19 Community Resources & Impact

In a time of unprecedented challenges, Harvard students, faculty, and staff remain deeply committed to the communities the University calls home. Whether it be through cutting-edge research, support for healthcare workers, or resources for neighbors, local businesses and nonprofits, Harvard is grateful to work alongside state, local, and community partners in Cambridge, Boston, and beyond to respond to
critical needs in the face of COVID-19.

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For more information and regular updates on University operations related to the pandemic, visit Harvard's coronavirus website.

Featured Stories

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University community rallies to deal with COVID-19 crisis

Administrators and professors detail the many and varied ways Harvard is trying to help, including offering use of hotel by Cambridge first-responders and health care workers.

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Harvard and MIT donate $500,000 to Cambridge

Donations will support the creation of the city’s temporary emergency shelter the War Memorial Recreation Center, Field House, and garage.

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Harvard launches emergency grant program for Allston-Brighton

Harvard University announced the formation of a grant program to provide emergency funding to nonprofit organizations and community groups serving the Allston-Brighton neighborhood of Boston.

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Resources & Programming

Through its mission of teaching and learning, Harvard is committed to supporting local communities managing the COVID-19 pandemic. From crisis management resources, health and legal services, to educational programming, Harvard is actively working to support community members—public school students, families, city officials, nonprofits, and small businesses—as they respond to the pandemic. 

Resources for Local Government, Nonprofits, & Small Businesses

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Allston-Brighton Emergency Response Grants

Harvard University announced the formation of a grant program to provide emergency funding to non-profit organizations and community groups serving Allston-Brighton.

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Crisis in Leadership

Launched by Harvard Business School and the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership, this initiative provides insights and strategies to support mayors as they manage

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Managing Through Crisis

This Harvard Business School podcast by Professor Dutch Leonard offers strategies for organizations managing COVID-19. The resource was shared with the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

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Various online programs, events, and discussions organized by the Harvard Kennedy School provide information and a forum for cities, regions, and countries responding to COVID-19.

Education Now is a new initiative by the Harvard Graduate School of Education to respond to the dramatic changes in the field of education in the wake of coronavirus. The initiative is creating resources for educators, leaders, and families; sharing strategies and perspectives from Harvard faculty; and hosting a weekly 30-minute webinar that will offer valuable ideas to help you navigate today's complex landscape.

Amid the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) community is working to leverage its skills and resources to contribute to response efforts. This website provides a centralized resource page for updates from across the GSD: news from the Fabrication Laboratory on production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other gear, relevant essays by leading design academics, remembrances of those lost, and other news from the GSD network.

Resources, workshops, and information for small businesses managing COVID-19 are offered through the Harvard Ed Portal and cover timely topics of applying for aid through the CARES Act and navigating the pandemic. Interested businesses and organizations are encouraged to sign up for a bi-weekly newsletter.

Resources for Public School Students & Teachers

Educational resources and programming for Boston Public Schools (with a specific focus in Allston-Brighton) and Cambridge Public Schools have been moved online. Harvard’s Public School Partnerships (PSP) team continues to work with each school district to identify responsive, innovative, and meaningful opportunities to connect Harvard students, faculty, staff, researchers, to youth, families, and teachers. PSP also continues to develop and deliver college and career awareness programs, academic and cultural enrichment opportunities, and meaningful family engagement initiatives.

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Online Programs for Youth

Allston-Brighton residents have access to additional youth programming through the Harvard Ed Portal such as clubs, virtual field trips, and mentoring.

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LabXChange Resources

Teachers, families, and individuals can use this free resource to learn or teach online with virtual classrooms, lab simulations, and more.

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Usable Knowledge

Harvard Graduate School of Education offers guidance for educators, students, and families on how to adapt to disruption, build resilience, and thrive in an online learning environment.

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Programming & Services for the Community

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Free Legal Services

Harvard Law School’s Clinical and Pro Bono Programs continue to offer free legal services and referrals to low-income community residents. The School’s 44 clinics cover a range of services including: housing, immigration, family law, domestic violence, taxes, consumer protection, government benefits, bankruptcy, and more.

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Skills Workshops

The Harvard Ed Portal organized several workshops on how to use Zoom for online classes and meetings, open to individuals interested in gaining proficiency in using the tool. Whether a beginner or a more seasoned user, anyone can access these workshops, also offered in Spanish, and learn about organizing techniques, using break-out groups, and leading virtual meetings.

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Workforce Development

Innovative, market-driven programs and workshops for individuals looking for career and professional development opportunities have been moved online. The Harvard Ed Portal continues to help people through skills-based offerings that support their career goals.

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Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness programs for Allston-Brighton residents are being offered online through the Harvard Ed Portal. Programming includes weekly yoga sessions and are available free of charge.

Arts & Culture Resources

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Harvard Museums

Virtual tours and educational programming offered by the Harvard Art Museums and the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture are open to all who want to explore the exhibits and immerse themselves in the stories they have to tell.

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Pause for Art

As rapid change and uncertainty have become a part of our everyday lives, the Office for the Arts at Harvard is offering Pause for Art: Creative Moments from Harvard, a daily dose of artistic inspiration for anyone looking to find a moment of beauty, comfort and connection.

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Crossings Gallery

The Ed Portal’s Crossings Gallery is now online. Come explore Everyday Encounters by Harvard Mittal Institute 2020 Visiting Artist Fellows Shah Numair Ahmed Abbasi & Suhasini Kejriwal.

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Zone 3

Zone 3—a Harvard-sparked initiative aimed at further activating Allston’s Western Avenue with creative programs, events, and retail—continues to offer new and exciting programs online, including the ever-popular Drinking and Drawing, Punk Rock Aerobics on Facebook live, and virtual orientations to podcasting.

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Western Avenue Arts Walk

The Western Avenue Arts Walk showcases public art along Western Avenue in Allston and includes both permanent and temporary works of art on view at the Harvard Business School, the Harvard Ed Portal as well as works affiliated with Zone 3.

Resources For Lifelong Learners

The Harvard Ed Portal is a place where everyone in the community, at every stage and place in life, can come together, learn, and find inspiration. While its physical space in Allston-Brighton remains closed, a vast majority of programming has transitioned online, allowing for residents from Allston-Brighton, Cambridge, and beyond to access a wide variety of resources.

Browse free online courses in a variety of subjects from HarvardX, a University-wide initiative which was launched in parallel with edX, a non-profit learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT.

Research & Impact

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$16.5 million awarded to projects to fight COVID

A scientific consortium formed to fight COVID-19 has awarded $16.5 million to 62 research projects focused on aspects of the pandemic ranging from vaccines and treatments to explorations of immunity to divining its still-unknown reach across society.

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Labs donate protective equipment to healthcare workers

As University facilities have shut down, faculty and staff gathered gear to pass along amid a nationwide shortage.

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Design School turned 3D printers into PPE producers

With more than 100 3D printers, fabrication technologies, and expert guidance, the GSD is creating PPE for frontline medical personnel.

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Harvard to
help track
the virus

Students from Chan School are helping to boost the volunteer public health workforce.

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Facing a pandemic, Broad does a quick pivot

How the institute converted a clinical processing lab into a large-scale COVID-19 testing facility in a matter of days.

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Organized to fight the pandemic

To stem the coronavirus crisis, Harvard Medical School scientists forge ahead on six key fronts.

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Option to Serve

This year's graduatating Harvard Medical School students have been given an early degree option to help in COVID-19 fight.

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Pilot Project for COVID-19 Testing in Nursing Homes

The City of Cambridge announced a partnership with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard on a pilot project to test for COVID-19 in nursing facilities.

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Volunteers juice COVID testing at Beth Israel

An outpouring of volunteers and equipment from the Harvard medical community have helped a Harvard hospital testing lab meet COVID-19’s challenge.

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GSD begins PIH design & fabrication alongside ongoing PPE efforts

As of May 7, the Harvard Graduate School of Design's Fabrication Lab was able to produce 2,200 face visors via 3-D printing, and 3,194 shields via laser-cutting for Mass General Hospital.

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How MBAs are bringing PPE to Boston Hospitals

PPEople First—a group of Harvard Business School students who are bringing critically needed PPE to Massachusetts healthcare workers—has successfully connected the PPE supply in China with the demand in Massachusetts.

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Partnership & Support in Local Communities

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Waste not, want not

Harvard Law School's Food Law and Policy Clinic steps up its efforts in time of pandemic.

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Mobile clinics finding their place in pandemic

Harvard’s Family Van takes pulse on best ways to use these untapped resources.

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HLS clinics fight for most vulnerable amid COVID-19

The Harvard Law School's Clinical Program has moved to working remotely with new urgency and challenges.

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Harvard guarantee workers' pay, benefits amid COVID-19 disruptions

Harvard announced it would guarantee pay and benefits through May 28 to its employees and contract workers who have experienced job disruptions since March 10.

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Free-cycling from COVID-19

Harvard students made thousands of donations of non-perishable food, supplies, clothing, and household goods to nonprofit organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Furnishing Hope, the YWCA, and the Allston Brighton Food Pantry.

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Helping to feed the community

Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS) continues to donate food for distribution in Cambridge and beyond.

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At Harvard graduate Schools, reinvention on the fly

Harvard School of Dental Medicine is providing emergency dental care to patients, and also seeing patients via teledentistry virtual visits, alleviating ER cases that might otherwise go to hospitals.

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Harvard School of Dental Medicine: Faculty Q&As

HSDM Faculty have participated in Q&As offering expertise on a variety of topics such as Putting Public Health First and Weighing the Risk of Smoking during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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How can law students help in the midst of COVID-19?

Harvard Law School's Lee Mestre discusses the opportunities for students, other members of the Harvard Law community, and the Commonwealth to be of service during COVID-19.

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Feed the Frontlines

A time of need and a desire to help

The COVID-19 crisis has brought disruption, loss, and jarring change, but it has also fired in many students the desire to help and inspired creative ways to make a difference. New initiatives include Feed the Frontlines NYC, CovEducation, and Bike Harvard.

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COVID-19 Dispatch: Karen Mills

Harvard Business School Professors Bill Kerr and Joe Fuller talk with HBS senior fellow and former Small Business Administration director Karen Mills, about the effects of COVID-19 on the future of work.

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A Joyful Sorrow

Rev. Erica Rose Long, MDiv ’16, and Sarah Byrne-Martelli, MDiv ’02, discuss being on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, partnering with doctors and nurses, and providing comfort and support both to Coronavirus patients and those who care for them.

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Alumni Making a Difference

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From a care of souls to the care of bodies

Kevin Cranston, M.Div. ’86, and his team of epidemiologists and lab scientists are working hard tracking cases of COVID-19 and helping advise local and state officials on policies to best mitigate its spread.

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Global race to a COVID-19 vaccine

Harvard's coronavirus vaccine efforts by alumni and beyond join the race to develop a vaccine that could help end the coronavirus pandemic.

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A COVID-19 battle with many fronts

Alumni spearhead public health campaigns, data visualization maps, and outbreak plans for Native American tribal leaders.

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In the trenches

Harvard alumni Judy Salerno, S.M. ’76, M.D. ’85, S.P.H. ’85, Tony Dajer ’78, and Mallika Marshall ’92 are among the thousands of medical professionals working nonstop to care for patients as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the nation.

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