Griffin Heroes Answer the Call, University Establishes Fund

August 19, 2020

On March 11, Gwynedd Mercy University’s leadership team made the decision to close all campus locations and switch to online learning to protect members of the GMercyU community from the spread of COVID-19.

Immediately, a plan was put in place to ensure students received the necessary resources for a successful transition to remote learning so their education could continue without interruption. Our faculty and staff demonstrated stellar teamwork in achieving this goal. They also came together to offer support for our surrounding communities.  

GMercyU's Health and Wellness Center, Plant Services, and Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions donated a variety of high demand supplies, including N-95 masks, disposable gowns, disposable face masks, goggles, nitrile gloves, tyvek suits, and more to local hospitals and healthcare facilities. The Respiratory Care Program donated ventilators, masks, shields, gowns, ventilator filters, and more to local affiliate hospitals, including the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. And, Campus Ministry partnered with Project Home to donate food supplies for families in need.  

GMercyU graduates have also made invaluable contributions as frontline Griffin Heroes. Healthcare providers continue to care for patients battling the coronavirus, teachers are planning and presenting innovative online lesson plans for their students, and business leaders are developing creative solutions to previously unseen challenges. Learn more about how our Griffin Heroes are making a difference.

Today, the spirit of Mercy continues to inspire hope and resilience as our network of Griffin Heroes work to support those in need throughout this global crisis. While efforts have been highly successful, the impact of the pandemic created several financial challenges, not only for the University, but also for students. As a result, the University established the Griffin Heroes Fund to help offset expenses totaling more than $1 million, as shown below.  

 

EXPENSE 

ESTIMATED COST 

Reimbursement of Room/Board 

$1 million 

Licenses and Software for Remote Learning and Test Taking 

$58,000 

Hardware for Remote Learning 

$20,000 

Replenishment of PPE for Labs, Health Center 

$100,000 

Deep Cleaning of Campus 

$200,000 

Space Modifications for Student Safety 

$250,000 

Catherine’s Cupboard Replenishment 

$12,000 

PPE for Students 

$50,000 

COVID-19 Tests, Temperature Check Sensors, Contract Tracing 

$150,000 

CARES Act Funding Provision 

-$836,537 


Gwynedd Mercy University encourages all who are interested in supporting the Griffin Heroes Fund to make a gift at gmercyu.edu/griffin-heroes-fund. Contributions will help cover the cost of essential resources as our new normal continues this fall with a hybrid model for learning. The Fund supports the next generation of Griffin Heroes, keeping the mission of Gwynedd Mercy University strong. 

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