March 2020 Action Guide

March 2020: COVID-19

As COVID-19 spreads, we are facing unprecedented changes that affect our daily routines, campuses and lives for weeks and months to come. We are 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.

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

Use a combination of CRS Rice Bowl prayer resources below to open and close your meeting. 

Community Building

  • Welcome any new ambassadors & do introductions.
  • Suggested Icebreaker/Question of the Month:
    • What spiritual practices are you considering for your Lenten journey?
    • Will you take something on? Will you give something up?                                                       

Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity

  • Watch:
  • Reflect
    • How have you experienced God's solidarity?
    • Who is God calling you to stand in solidarity with? Can you be specific?
      • How could you do this?

CRS on the Ground

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

  • 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).
  • COVID-19-FRIENDLY DIGITAL GIVING:
    • CRS Rice Bowl 2020 is a great way to be intentional about prayer, fasting and almsgiving during the Lenten season which continues throughout the month of March, and these resources can still be used flexibly and virtually during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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.
      • Two key summer hire/intern opportunities for current or alumni CRS Student Ambassadors that will support CRS SALT Summit 2020:

Reminders and Next Steps:

    Closing Prayer