Dear Parents and Families, 

I know we’ve heard it a thousand times at this point, but we are truly living in “unprecedented times.” With the continued fight against coronavirus, the race riots and peaceful protests, and the tension that always comes during an election year, we are daily facing new and often uncomfortable situations.

Certainly, COVID19 is worrisome for everyone. But for marginalized populations who live with poverty, health inequities, and other burdens, the outbreak has been especially brutal. Homeless people, people without health insurance, those living paycheck to paycheck, and other marginalized groups can’t necessarily afford to miss work and may have no steady health care provider and no way to avoid crowded conditions. They also may lack trust in a system that has failed them in the past. How can we step up to meet their needs? 

I am proud to say that Gardner-Webb University exemplifies Jesus’s words found in Mark 12:30-31: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. And Love your neighbor as yourself.” 

Not only do we encourage our students to live by these words, we also provide them the opportunities to do so. Gardner-Webb has numerous partnerships with non-profits and other organizations in our local community and surrounding counties. We provide service opportunities and ways for our students to give back year-round. Our Community Engagement staff is also available as a resource for your student; should they have a specific area of interest, we can help get them plugged in! 

In a time that is defined by loss, suffering and looking out for oneself, let’s change the narrative. Let’s instead ask, “How can I love my neighbor as myself?”. Let us help you do that.

 

Mindy Robinson
Coordinator for Community Engagement and Student Ministries
mrobinson5@gardner-webb.edu