A Message from President Warden to the Franklin Community

"These are not easy times, I know. We're all adapting to a very difficult situation, but I wanted to reach out to you. This is the great thing about Franklin. We all know each other. We know each other well, and we will get past this. So, be safe, be healthy, and remember... that as Franklin, we stand."

An Injection of Optimism from Franklin Students: #FranklinWeStand

As we all learn to adapt and live through these days that seem almost surreal, we feel a need for connection even as we practice social distancing. We want all of our Franklin family to know that we are thinking of you and hoping you are healthy and safe. To stay connected and engaged as a community, we are celebrating our resilience with the hashtag #FranklinWeStand.

Together we will get through this. Together we are Franklin. Together we stand.

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Every day we hear stories of encouragement from our Franklin community as they experience the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic both personally and professionally. We would like to learn more about how you and other Frankliners are making a difference around the world. Whether you have launched a grassroots volunteering operation, delivered meals to the elderly, or you're fighting the virus on the front lines, we want to hear from you. Please share your story by filling out this form so we may uplift one another with hope and solidarity as we overcome this challenging time together.


Arshan Shamszadeh '21 (Iran)

Tell us about the ways you're serving your community during COVID-19.
For me, the most important thing is my family, community and country. Fortunately, my family has been able to stay safe and healthy during this pandemic. This has allowed us to help our community. By raising funds from our friends and family, we have been able to create food packages for 60 Iranian families in need. These packages last them about one month. Additionally, we have been able to donate a large amount of soap to Iranian prisons, retirement homes, police stations and fire stations, trying to protect our front lines and the most vulnerable. In addition to this, Franklin’s and Switzerland's responses to the crisis taught me a lot. What I learned there I was able to bring back home to create social distancing procedures with my dad's office. These procedures and guidelines, which we are still completing, will be used and distributed by the Iranian government to businesses who are to reopen soon.

What inspires you to serve your community during this challenging time?
My swiss education, from seventh grade at Institut Montana all the way to junior year at Franklin has taught me the importance of community and how we can serve it.

How do you hope to make an impact on your community?
I hope to be able to, to the best of my ability, alleviate some of the burdens of the pandemic on the vulnerable population.


Zachary Cefaratti '12 (United Arab Emirates)

Tell us about the ways you're serving your community during COVID-19.
We are leading issuance of a $150m IG bond to expand a group of Chinese factories producing materials for face masks.

What inspires you to serve your community during this challenging time?
Conscious capitalism.

How do you hope to make an impact on your community?
Supporting companies that will provide solutions for the COVID era.


Kevin W. McNeely '73 (USA)

What inspires you to serve your community during this challenging time?
What inspires me is how the Franklin students are handling this very challenging time whether they are on campus or back in their respective homes/countries....the students have really stepped up to the plate and are doing their best to continue their classes on-line even if there's a nine hour time difference...!...their independent, kind-do attitude is what will make them successful in life and defines the Franklin spirit...I could not be more proud of being a parent, an alum and a long standing Trustee of Franklin University...and I take my hat off to the administration, staff and faculty who are holding things together and working on every option as to how best proceed when we hear 'the coast is clear' and we can get on with our lives and continue to thrive in the Franklin community...congratulations to all of you for your determination and courage during these unsettling times...things will get better in the near future..!....Kevin


Lisa Iannini-Goddard, parent of Nicholas Goddard '18

Tell us about the ways this individual is serving the community during COVID-19.
Nick came up with a simple challenge that can be sent or posted to anyone, anywhere; challenging them to re-purpose household items that they clean up or repair to donate to homeless shelters. In Los Angeles the donations are going to his nonprofit foundation that he supports, A Sense of Home.

What inspires them to serve their community during this challenging time?
“I feel incredibly blessed to have a home, my own bed and personal space to enjoy as I need it. I want to share what I can with others to help them create their own sense of home.”

Where do you see their impact on their community?
Aged out foster youth are the primary beneficiaries


David Lauk '19 (Germany)

Tell us about the ways you're serving your community during COVID-19.
I volunteer for the elderly neighbors in the community for grocery shopping, etc. Furthermore, I put my contact at the entrance of the building to be reachable in cases of emergency. I can only assure that even these little things are helping people to feel safe and not left alone or helpless during this isolated times.

What inspires you to serve your community during this challenging time?
The thought that someone would die through COVID-19 in my community, and I know I could have changed that...

How do you hope to make an impact on your community?
Raise awareness to what solidarity really means during these times.


Anonymous (USA)

Tell us about the ways you're serving your community during COVID-19.
Sewing cloth reusable masks for local hospital, my doctor's office staff, family and friends.

What inspires you to serve your community during this challenging time?
Friends who are nurses and Drs.

How do you hope to make an impact on your community?
Providing a reusable cloth mask, which the nurses in the OB/GYN department of Piedmont Hospital give to patients and their partners, to ease the demand on the hospital's supply.


Dominique Young '08 (USA)

Tell us about the ways you're serving your community during COVID-19.
As a wedding planner, my events have been postponed indefinitely. Rather than just sit at home, which is of course the best thing to do during this pandemic, I signed up for Shipt and started delivering groceries to my neighbors. My area of Los Angeles County has a lot of elderly and families, and the grocery stores are terrifying places. But it's greatly rewarding to go out in my mask and gloves and do a couple of orders a day. People leave me notes and thank you cards - I have delivered to a man quarantined with his pregnant wife who was able to eat because of my delivery. I have also met many elderly living alone. I have heard sad stories from people via text and phone while I am shopping for them, and driving through the empty streets of LA is quite shocking. But if I can go out and shop for others, then they don't have to risk their health to get groceries to feed their families.

What inspires you to serve your community during this challenging time?
There is a lot of anxiety and confusion in the grocery stores, but the employees are incredible with their patience and good humor. I have seen such kindness and compassion in food aisles, helped get high-up items for other shoppers, and sharing information about how/when best to find toilet paper in the stores. At the end of each day I feel exhausted and sad, but in the morning I cannot imagine not going out again to contribute. After I deliver, someone often comes out and calls to me "thank you!" So It's easy to remember why I go out.

How do you hope to make an impact on your community?
The last such incident I lived through in Los Angeles was the Northridge Earthquake. I was very young then, but I remember local businesses sharing bottled water and sense of cheer and community that has resurfaced in this current time. I am more convinced than ever that this "sense of community" is a great healer that was missing from many of our cities lately, and I hope that this very sad time will remind us that it's a critical part of the human experience at any time period.


Anonymous (Ukraine)

Tell us about the ways you're serving your community during COVID-19.
After my classes I am doing internship in a company “Prometey” where they give out free masks and hand sanitizers. If we want to we can give them out to people. I am happily giving out these masks and hand sanitizers with other workers of the company after a hard working day.

What inspires you to serve your community during this challenging time?
In our country many people aren’t wealthy and therefore can not afford to buy a mask that is hard to find nowadays. I just want people to stay healthy and for the entire quarantine to be over.

How do you hope to make an impact on your community?
I simply want people to stay safe and healthy.


Anonymous (India)

Tell us about the ways you're serving your community during COVID-19.
Providing 1,000 impoverished lunch every day for 30 days.

What inspires you to serve your community during this challenging time?
Responsibility and service to mankind.

How do you hope to make an impact on your community?
Keeping the morale up of the people within the community

 

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