Alone, stranded, isolated and in solitude—these are what students in quarantine on-campus might be experiencing due to COVID-19 protocols, according to the “Won’t You Help Your Neighbor” campaign.
Led by campaign director Adrian Barnhart, this campaign’s goal is to ease those feelings of loneliness. Students can either be quarantined for a week or a month, depending on the circumstances.
“Students in quarantine are isolated. They’re all alone with four walls until they are done with their quarantine,” Ivy Allen, social media director for the campaign said in a recent news release. “It’s a mental battle that no one should fight alone. Students coming together is what will help everyone all around. Facetime, texts, door drop-offs; it means a lot to those with heavily reduced contact with the outside world.”
The campaign started with a launch video where various students gave a brief testimony about their quarantine experiences. This video also included tips to show students how they can help their quarantined friends. These tips focused on running errands, hosting virtual events, validating their experience and making sure they are up to date in coursework. This video can be accessed here.
Shortly after launch, another video was released about how students can safely drop off items to quarantined residents’ living areas. The video can be accessed here.
Other events included a World Health Day checklist students could follow to keep tabs on quarantined friends and Annie Maxwell, Denny Hall Resident Director, hosted an Instagram takeover as she delivered meals to quarantined residents.
“The point of our campaign is to spread awareness and encourage students to help their friends, classmates, and neighbors who are in quarantine,” Barnhart said. “Based on the engagement of our content on social media, I think our campaign has been a success. We have at least made students at WU aware of the issue.”
According to campaign publicist Edward Boice, a need was recognized for students in quarantine to be aided. This marked an unprecedented issue on campus, and the team got together to create a campaign to encourage students to help each other out.
“My family and I were in quarantine for two weeks over the summer. My family did receive a lot of kindness from family and friends,” Barnhart said. “It was nice to be able to use this campaign in paying the kindness forward.”
President Douglas Lee gave a statement Monday afternoon regarding the “Won’t You Help Your Neighbor” campaign.
“I give my gratitude to [the campaign] and the great work that this group has done just keeping us aware of the needs of others, and beyond that I want to thank all of you for the tremendous job that you the students have done in keeping Waynesburg well,” Lee said.