Please visit the University's Fall 2020 website to view the latest information on the University response to COVID-19.
Special Activities and Resources Group (SARG)
In response to the significant public health needs from the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has convened a group to evaluate, support and assist with non-research volunteer projects primarily focused on production, manufacturing, and donation. These volunteer projects, which are under the auspices of this group, are open to our faculty and staff members who may volunteer to participate during University work hours (with supervisor approval).
The focus of the COVID-19 Response Special Activities and Resources Group is to allocate university resources and coordinate several special activities that can have immediate application and impact. Examples may include:
- the collection and donation of cloth face coverings;
- the inventorying and repurposing of equipment and materials that can potentially be used to design and produce protective equipment and other healthcare needs;
- the production of medical devices or parts using 3D printers and other manufacturing equipment;
- blood drives to assist with critical levels of the nation's blood supply.
What it Means to Volunteer
Volunteering can take many different forms. If you seek to volunteer to participate in activities under the auspices of this Group, you should secure the approval of your supervisor. Your supervisor and you will be able to ensure that you are able to complete your regular work before engaging in volunteer work.
Separate from this University program, you may, of course, seek to participate in volunteer activities not associated with the University and on your own time.
For more information on legal requirements for volunteers, read the Volunteer Q&A.
Current Volunteer Opportunities:
- Cloth Face Coverings: The University is asking for volunteers to sew and donate homemade cloth face coverings. In addition, we are asking for any extra fabric you can donate to share with those interested in making face covering but may not have supplies. Learn More »
- Blood Drive: Princeton University is pleased to support the American Red Cross by holding several community blood drives at the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding, located at 58 Prospect Avenue, in Princeton, NJ. The first blood drive will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17. Questions can be directed to Erin Metro at email@example.com or David Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org
The COVID-19 Response Special Activities and Resources Group does not oversee research activites related to COVID-19. Find COVID-19-related guidance, resources and information on topics affecting Princeton's research community at the Dean for Research COVID-19 page.
Questions about research-related activities can be sent to email@example.com.
Who is represented on the Special Activities and Resource Group (SARG)?
- The Special Activities and Resource Group is made up of representatives from the Office of the Provost, Campus Life, the Department of Risk Management, the Office of Public Affairs, the Office of the Executive Vice President, the Office of Community and Regional Affairs, the Office of Environmental Health & Safety, the Office of General Counsel, and the Office of Communications.
Who is allowed to apply?
- Any faculty, staff or student who would like to utilize University resources to support non-research volunteer activities.
How can I get involved?
- Community members with proposals should fill out the Response Special Activities and Resources Request Form. Those wishing to aid these efforts by volunteering should fill out the COVID-19 Project Volunteers form.
- All volunteers are welcome. In making decisions about participation, individuals are encouraged to be mindful of the CDC’s guidance regarding risk factors for severe illness.
How will proposals be evaluated?
- The Special Activities and Resources Group will be coordinating internal and external efforts to ensure cooperation, efficiency and compliance with University policies.
How can I get approval to produce PPE materials or provide other technical support to the community?
- Many members of the Princeton community have expressed a desire to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic through the production of PPE materials, the use of 3D printing, medical testing, or otherwise providing technical support. To ensure the efficacy and safety of these efforts, the University requires that approval be obtained from the Office of the Provost for activities that involve University resources in non-research-related COVID-19 responses.
- Submit the Response Special Activities and Resources Request Form for approvals related to University resources for COVID-19 responses. If you have questions, contact SARG@princeton.edu.
- For information on 3D printing of PPE and medical devices, see the guidance provided by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Why do you need to know the intended recipient?
- It is important that the University account for charitable donations in all forms. Additionally, we may be subject to requirements from state and local authorities to redirect emergency supplies when necessary. We all want to ensure that resources are being sent to where they are needed most.
What personnel will be allowed?
- Labor to support these projects must be 100% volunteer. Project applications must include names and affilitations of all project participants in order to ensure adequate access to campus spaces.
- The University is pleased to support and endorse staff participation in volunteer activities such as this one. Specifically, since so many staff are currently on rotating schedules or working remotely, we thought it might be helpful to detail participation as follows:
- After hours participation is voluntary, welcomed and appreciated
- For those on paid release time at home, either because they are on rotation schedules or who otherwise do not have jobs that can be performed from home, we would welcome staff engagement
- During the work day the default focus should still be on job responsibilities, and staff should only engage in COVID-19 volunteer efforts with supervisor approval.
What if I have a research-related request?
- The COVID-19 Response Special Activities and Resources Group does not oversee research activites related to COVID-19. Find COVID-19-related guidance, resources and information on topics affecting Princeton's research community at the Dean for Research COVID-19 page.
- Questions about research-related activities can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Some additional research resources include:
How can I get more information about this initiative?
- Questions about the COVID-19 Response Special Activities and Resources Group should be directed to Paul LaMarche at the Provost Office.
Can I donate University funds for Covid-19 needs?
- At this time departments cannot use University funds to make donations to charitable organizations or purchases from businesses of food or other materials that would then be donated to charitable purposes.
- Per guidelines set for the University by Finance and Treasury, if University funds are used as a donation/contribution they need to be made consistent with the guidelines for financial contributions.
- We know that there is, and will be, great need in the community in the coming days, weeks, and months. As an institution we will look for opportunities to support those in need, but when using University funds to make those contributions we will follow University policy in doing so.