April 2020 Action Guide

April 2020: Easter, Earth Day, and COVID-19

On Sunday, April 12th our journey from Ashes to Easter reaches its destination and our destiny - Jesus is risen! He is risen indeed! It's a promise about our future but also for this present moment. We are God's beloved and forgiven children and God is using us to change the world. There is no virus so strong, no evironmental threat so great, no Good Friday so dark that has, can, or will ever change that. In the words of Christian mystic Julian of Norwich, "All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well." 

COVID-19 Updates & Resources

As COVID-19 continues, we are dealing with unprecedented changes affecting our daily routines, campuses and lives. We are also acutely aware that some are more vulnerable than others, and that our local and global communities must continue to come together as one human family to share our resources, time and hope with one another.

Catholic Relief Services continues to work around the clock in the most vulnerable places where communities lack infrastructure to handle a health care crisis. As we ramp up our global response, we are also taking every precaution to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff, partners, beneficiaries and supporters. We have severely restricted travel and instituted teleworking for CRS staff. Visit our media center for more information.

Here are some key resources related to COVID-19 for you and your campus communities:

If you are still finding ways to connect digitally as CRS Student Ambassadors on your campus or if you're looking for ways to stay involved individually, we hope the following resources are useful to you.

Opening Prayer

Community Building

  • Welcome any new ambassadors & introduce yourselves to one another.
  • Suggested Icebreaker/Question of the Month:
    • How has God used you to make a positive change? In someone's life? In caring for creation? 
    • How has God used someone else to help you?                                                        

Catholic Social Teaching: Care for Creation

  • Watch:
  • Reflect
    • How is caring for creation connected to our faith as Christians?
    • The Christian mystics say that, "Attention is the prayer of the soul." How might we practice this way of praying for creation?
    • What do you consider to be the greatest threats to the environment? 
    • What are you doing to care for creation? What could we do together? 

CRS on the Ground

This Month's Leadership, Advocacy and/or Giving Action(s): 

  • LEADERSHIP:
    • Please submit your Spring 2020 Student Ambassador Activities Report, which is due on May 7.
    • CRS SALT Summit: Out of an abundance of caution and to ensure the safety and health of our CRS partners and staff in the US and around the world, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the CRS SALT Summit until July 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we will not be holding an in-person CRS SALT Summit 2020, we are currently exploring virtual opportunities that will be offered during the originally scheduled week of July 20, 2020. Stay tuned.
  • COVID-19-FRIENDLY DIGITAL ADVOCACY:
    • We are currently working on exciting, new, bipartisan legislation called the Global Child Thrive Act as part of our I am Global Hunger and I am Migration campaigns. The Global Child Thrive Act would direct the administration to integrate Early Childhood Development strategies and activities into U.S. international programs focused on children to help them better grow, develop and thrive!
    • Review the Global Child Thrive Act Backgrounder & Talking Points
    • Send an advocacy letter to your members of Congress as an individual or organize a virtual letter-sending party, using one of the following methods. Be sure to personalize your letters for more impact.
      1. Text "I am Migration" or "I am Global Hunger" to 306-44 to receive the letter directly to your phone. 
      2. Sign Online:
      3. Hand-write a letter to your members of Congress for more impact using this template and how-to guide. [en español]
    • Write a Letter to the Editor on the Global Child Thrive Act using this how-to guide. [en español]
    • Use Social Media to reach your members of Congress using this how-to guide. [en español]
    • More Notes on the Global Child Thrive Act
      • This bill was introduced October 28, 2019 in the House as H.R. 4864 by Reps. Castro (D-TX) and Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and in the Senate as S. 2715 by Sens. Blunt (R-MO) and Coons (D-DE).

Plan Next Month's Leadership, Advocacy and/or Giving Action(s):

  • LEADERSHIP:
    • Summer Hire/Intern Program
      • Specific positions for Summer 2020 are posted on a rolling basis during Spring 2020. Find open positions by going to the CRS Careers Page then clicking on "Explore Current Career Opportunities" and typing "summer hire" into the search box.
      • One key summer hire/intern opportunity for current or alumni CRS Student Ambassadors that will support CRS university work:

Reminders and Next Steps:

Closing Prayer