Pro Humanitate Days Activity Suggestions

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  • Sew masks and donate to health care workers
  • Write letters or make cards for the occupants of nursing homes and assisted living facilities
  • Create and share an educational activity for kids
  • Write a handwritten letter or create a card to send to grandparents or other relatives
  • Paint rocks with positive messages/words and leave them along walking trails, in parks, etc. for others to find
  • Coordinate with others to create a Wall of Love in your community


  • Submit a Wake Reads Storytime video to the Office of Civic and Community Engagement
  • Take time to clean-up a local path, parkway, or waterway
  • Share links/resources for ‘oral history kits’ so that grandchildren (other young adults/children) can learn and record information about grandparents and senior citizens (being mindful of social distancing)
  • Organize a weekly friends/family virtual happy hour


  • Check in with friends, neighbors, and WFU alumni by phone, Skype, FaceTime, etc. to show care and support
  • Tutor local students via virtual tutoring (read about WFU students tutoring local K-12 students)
  • Leave a note of thanks, small treat, or bottle of water in your mailbox for your mail carrier
  • Send an email of support to your child’s teacher(s) or local education administrators
  • Send a letter Deployed Troops, First Responders, and Emergency Medical Personnel through Operation Gratitude
  • Buy gift certificates from your favorite restaurant, exercise studio, or other personal services for use later on
  • Take a meal to or go grocery shopping for a neighbor
  • Participate in #HaircutsforHunger, started by Bryan Starrett ’02, by letting your kids cut your hair then donating the cost of your haircut to a local hunger charity.


  • Join our SleevesUp campaign by giving blood
  • Donate food to your local food bank/food pantry by dropping off food OR by ordering food online and having it shipped directly to the location
  • Identify a local non-profit in your area providing food insecurity or household utilities relief funding to community members, and launch a virtual donation drive with a targeted fundraising goal.
  • Join the Be The Match Registry® National Marrow Donor Program to volunteer to be listed as a potential blood stem cell donor, ready to save the life of any patient in need of a transplant
  • Organize/participate in a “neighborhood food bank” – send out notice to all homes asking people to drop off items they may have “extra of” but that others may need (toilet paper, etc.) at one location and all people in neighborhood are invited to come pick out what they need
  • Clean-out your closets and donate gently-worn clothes to a community partner
  • Donate used towels or blankets to your local animal shelter or check to see if your local shelter needs foster homes for pets (ways you can help: The Cut and Humane Society of the United States)
  • Find and support organizations like Fuel the Fight that support both front line healthcare workers and your local restaurant community

Recommended Community Partners

We encourage you to reach out to any of the organizations below to see what assistance is needed. Many non-profit organizations provide essential community services and are still in need of volunteers in addition to donations.

CA – Los Angeles Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

DC – Arlington Arlington Food Assistance Center

DC – So Others May Eat

FL – Orlando Ronald McDonald House

FL – Palm Beach Loggerhead Marine Life Center

FL – Tampa Metropolitan Ministries

KY – Lexington God’s Pantry Food Bank

MD – Baltimore Ronald McDonald House

NC – Hickory Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry

NC – Raleigh Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

NC – Statesville Fifth Street Ministries

NC – Wake Forest Backpack Buddies

NC – Wilmington First Fruit Ministries

NC – Winston-Salem Second Harvest Food Bank, SECU Family House, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Senior Services, Diaper Bank, Dress for Success, Fuel the Fight Winston-Salem, Create Home Art Packages (or donate supplies) through Love Out Loud and the Office of Civic and Community Engagement

OH – Cincinnati Freestore Foodback

OH – Cleveland Malachi House

OR – Portland PSL Services/STRIVE

SC – Charleston Low Country Food Bank, The Children’s Heart Foundation, American Cancer Society Hope Lodge

SC – Greenville Ronald McDonald House

TN – Nashville Second Harvest Food Bank

TX – Houston Undies for Everyone, Houston Food Bank, Kids’ Meals Inc.

VA – Hampton Roads Elizabeth River Trail

WV – Charleston Trinity’s Table