Our COVID-19 Response

Six of our CHE Ambassadors are innovating new initiatives to fight coronavirus with compassion. We have a number of new initiatives that are being created around COVID-19 practices—find a way below to engage and get involved! 


Project Send Hope
Becky Orozco, CHE Ambassador

Imagine the impact we can have if we all share cards overflowing with encouragement with those who need it most right now – our healthcare workers, hospital patients, and essential workers.

We have the cards, printing, and mailing handled. All we need is you! Will you help us send hope?

For printable cards and more information, check out wallawalla.edu/send-hope.


His Kids in Action Online
Lindsey Schumacher, CHE Ambassador

Do you like to help support kids programs? HKIA has been working with kids on the north side of town in the shadows of the Penitentiary for many years. They have developed a deep relationship with many children, but now with the stay at home order, they are creating content that can be delivered as a package. The CHE Ambassador program is helping take that content to an online platform to spread to children around the globe.

We are currently have two paid positions to help this project one as a web manager and the other as a communication specialist. If you are interested please email che@wallawalla.edu.

To find out more about this project and to share the content please visit: wallawalla.edu/HKIA


    Protective Masks Project 
    Josiah Buster, CHE Ambassador

    Do you know how to sew? No? Neither do we. Don't worry; we are not looking for students to make masks, but instead, they will be looking for areas that need masks. Once a need is identified, we have resources to help match the need with organizations that are creating masks, or we will give guidance through a pdf packet on how to recruit individuals to help make masks.

    We are just beginning to feel the pressure of a national shortage of masks and other essential PPE items, and in the spirit of the Walla Walla University’s core value “Generosity in Service,” we want to do all we can to help! We have a unique opportunity for service here, as our campus is currently spread throughout the world, and therefore we have the potential to impact more people than ever before!

    We are looking for students who are willing to do local research and seek out areas of need in their communities. Once a need is identified, we have information and resources to connect you with help to meet the need. Below is an outline of the steps you will take if you choose to join us in this project.

    We want you to be aware of the needs in your local communities. A couple of great places to start would be to ask a question in a “My Towns” group on Facebook. For example, if you live in Walla Walla, log onto Facebook and search In the groups tab “Walla Walla.” You should be able to find several groups with thousands of members dedicated to posting news, events, etc. Another option would be to call your local county health departments, nursing homes, assisted living centers, or even grocery stores! All of our essential workers are experiencing the stress of limited PPE equipment, so try contacting these places to find if they have a need for masks at this time.

    Once you have identified a need in your local community, it’s time to get to work! Downloadable our guide on how to make face masks: Cloth Face Masks 101 or connect with local business who are producing these masks on a larger scale. Check out the Mask Resource map to find locations near you!

    Now that you know who is in need and what steps you are going to have to take to provide for them, it is time to recruit other people to help you make and deliver masks. We suggest asking people in your church, asking your grandma, or putting out an “SOS!” on your social media to find friends and family who can help you in this project. If you would rather purchase masks from small businesses, you can reach out to these same people and ask for help to fundraise the cost for these masks.

    That’s all there is to it! If you would like to get involved with this project, please contact che@wallawalla.edu, and we will connect you with our PPE Ambassador Josiah Buster. Thank you so much for considering joining us in our effort to assist our neighbors across the globe, and for embodying our core concept of Generosity in Service.


    Student/Faculty/Staff Engagement
    Chad Nelson, CHE Ambassador
    Dania Estrada, CHE Ambassador

    Finding our new normal during this period is going to take some time. We are seeking ways to encourage each other by rebuilding connections for students, for staff/faculty, but also in between the two. We have just launched a new podcast called The Global Campus. It is currently available on Spotify and Google Podcasts (soon to be on Apple Music)! The mission of The Global Campus podcast is to create a forum during the COVID-19 pandemic, for students, staff, faculty and friends of WWU to share encouragement and promote generosity in service. Listen in with host Chad Nelson, as he has friendly and topical discussions about the lives and stories of WWU students and faculty as we face the uncertainty together. Podcasts drop Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2 pm.

    We are looking for your story to share and encourage others through The Global Campus Podcast. Send in a story idea through this form. Thank You!


    Have you been feeling down? Are you missing human interaction? Fear not because CHE is here for you! We are planning lots of engagement and connection opportunities for our fellow members of Walla Walla University!

    How do we get involved you might ask? Well we have the answer for you!

    First we need your help in filling out this survey so we can personalize these connection experiences for you!

    We at the CHE value our connection with each other and hope to rebuild our connections through these real time online engagement activities! See you there!

    Music Appreciation / Discussion May 8, at 3 p.m.

    Date: 5/8/20 at 3 p.m.

    Description: There are many ways that we express ourselves and one major way is through music! Feel free to come to our zoom meeting where we discuss different types of music, its impact on us, and how music can break down barriers and how we can serve others through music! Featured Guest: Sarah Cabral

    Things to prepare: Bring one song that helps you through difficult times, working camera for the zoom call, lastly, be ready to have fun!

    To Join: Zoom Meeting Click Here​​​​​​​

    Zumba Class - May 12 at 5 p.m.

    Date: 5/12/20

    Description: Especially with quarantine, we might not be able to get to the gym and work out in our regular formats but fear not! We have a free zumba class lead by Dean Ponce where you can fulfill your social interaction and your needs to be healthy! 

    Things to prepare: Workout clothes, working camera for the zoom call, water bottle, large enough room for workout movements, smiling face!

    To Join: Zoom Meeting Click Here​​​​​​​

    What is Service? A bible based discussion. - May 16 at 2 p.m.

    Date: 5/16/20 at 2 p.m. 

    Description: What does it mean to do service for God? What does God really call us to do when we serve others? What does the bible say about serving others? We will be tackling these questions!

    Things to prepare: Bible and an open heart!

    To Join Zoom Meeting Click Here


    Uplifting Art
    DJ Roberts, CHE Ambassador

    In looking for ways to help uplift and encourage each other, what better way than through art? Van Gogh, Michelangelo, Bob Ross! Well unfortunately, we are not as skilled as them, but the uplifting art project is designed to use art to uplift people, just like those famous artists did! We are finding ways to build up our communities and support those in need of a smile in these challenging times. CHE is ready to help you encourage your neighbors by drawing fun chalk art on your neighbors’ sidewalk or showing love to those in nursing homes by creating art banners to put outside for the residents to see.

    We are hoping this will allow for some fantastic creativity for generosity in service, not just in Walla Walla but cross the nation.

    • The Sidewalk chalk art challenge #chechalkchallenge. Needing help getting chalk don't let that stop you. Fill out this form and DJ will be in touch.

    • Love banners (coming soon)

    • Home art challenge (coming soon)


    Intentional Acts of Kindness
    Nicholas Ault, CHE Ambassador

    Do you want to help but don't have money to make it happen? CHE through very generous donors are now able to to provide funding for you to assist in your community wherever you are! This is an unprecedented time and intentional acts of kindness are exactly what people need right now. Apply for the mini grant by using this application and once approved, we'll send you some funds so you can start helping right away!

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