COVID-19 has affected the world in different ways. With campuses being closed and classes being shifted online, students are facing financial problems in order to cope with education and living expenses. Many colleges and communities have set up helpline desks for international students who do not have family or friends to stay within the US. Despite these measures, students and parents have been rattled by the situation.
The Indian Students Association, a non-profit socio-cultural association at the University of Texas At Dallas who strives to make each and every Indian student feel at home by helping them with their needs took a small initiative to help the Indian students community during this pandemic.
To help the Indian students community studying at UTDallas, ISA along with the support of various organizations ran grocery drives providing them free essentials during the COVID outbreak.
OVBI (Overseas Volunteers For A Beter India), a group of inspired NRIs who support Indians and tackle issues the Indian community faces in the U.S.contributed 100 boxes of essential food items that included dal, flour, oil, onions, and potatoes.
DFW Gujarati Samaj whose aim is to build a central location for Samaj to provide resources to the community made a generous contribution of more than 250 boxes of joy containing daily essentials in addition to biscuits, rusk, and noodles.
Lastly, we’d like to thank the Hindu Temple for donating 250 more boxes of items that were highly essential like salt, sugar, rice, fresh produce, etc. We took all measures to maintain social distancing and ensuring a safe distribution drive.
Team ISA was able to reach more than 600 Indian Students with this initiative, owing majorly to the organizations that came forward to help Indian students living in the U.S.
And, to our volunteers who came forward to help their peers making this initiative a successful event! 🙂