Victory Gardens

For many, our work and processes have been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic, with priorities of yesterday being discarded and new urgent needs arising. To meet that demand, the College is launching the “Victory Garden” project.

This is a reference to the “Victory Gardens” of World War I and II, as citizens in countries around the world answered their governments’ call to grow food for the common good. It was a way for people to pitch in and do their part, even if it was outside their normal activities.

Within the College, we are working to instill that same sense of rising to the challenge, by identifying critical needs and matching them with staffers from across the CoE who have skills and capacity to meet them.


Create A New Victory Garden Project

A Victory Project could result from a gap in resources due to absences, increased workload from unexpected needs, or projects that could use a boost from more hands. If you have identified a potential project in your department or unit, please let us know! 

Once submitted, your project will be reviewed by the Victory Garden team, who we will work with the project coordinator identified in the request to communicate and obtain volunteers for the effort.


Current Victory Garden Projects

Donate Blood

The Red Cross is experiencing a severe shortage. The clinics accepting blood are doing so in a safe manner.

Room Photo Inventory

Staffers with current knowledge of the appearance of rooms in their buildings, a computer with internet access and basic knowledge of how to view photos online are needed to review existing images of College rooms and assess if new images are needed to update records.


Completed Projects

StressBusters: Rip Apart Negative Thoughts

Volunteers are needed to help engage participants as they write down negative thoughts on paper and rip it up, to process and release their feelings. Volunteers are needed for one-hour increments, from 12-4 p.m. on Wed., Apr. 22.

StressBusters: Yoga & Deep Breathing

Volunteers with experience practicing yoga and deep breathing are needed to teach participants basic yoga and breathing exercises that they can do from home. Volunteers are needed for one-hour increments, from 12-4 p.m. on Wed., Apr. 22. 

StressBusters: Tend & Befriend

Volunteers who are comfortable meeting new people are needed to greet virtual participants and keep the conversation going.

Volunteers are needed for one-hour increments, from 12-4 p.m. on Wed., Apr. 22.

StressBusters: Just Say No!

Volunteers are needed to engage participants and coach them on how to be selective about what activities they take on, to help them say no to things that unnecessarily add to their load. Volunteers are needed for one-hour increments, from 12-4 p.m. on Wed., Apr. 22.

StressBusters: Mindfulness Meditation

Volunteers with experience practicing mindfulness are needed to guide participants through basic meditation sessions. Volunteers are needed for one-hour increments, from 12-4 p.m. on Wed., Apr. 22.

StressBusters: Gratitude Gardening

Volunteers with communication skills are needed to engage participants to think about something positive or for which they are grateful. Volunteers are needed for one-hour increments, from 12-4 p.m. on Wed., Apr. 22.

StressBusters: Laughter Therapy

Volunteers who enjoy laughing and encouraging others to laugh along are needed to spark laughter from participants. Volunteers are needed for one-hour increments, from 12-4 p.m. on Wed., Apr. 22.

StressBusters: Art Therapy

Volunteers are needed to help engage participants in online art therapy. Details are forthcoming. Volunteers are needed for one-hour increments, from 12-4 p.m. on Wed., Apr. 22.

StressBusters: Virtual Photo Booth

Volunteers with communication and technical skills are needed to engage participants in an online photo booth activity (software to be determined). Volunteers are needed for one-hour increments, from 12-4 p.m. on Wed., Apr. 22.

COMPLETE: Student Outreach

More than 60 volunteers signed up to reach out to all 11,000 students in the college of engineering to access their needs and/or concerns surrounding the COVID-19 situation.

Editing the CoE Bulletin

Volunteers with familiarity with online content formats and copy-editing skills are needed to help with editing the online bulletin for students. A computer with internet is needed. Volunteers are needed 2-4 hours during the week of April 19.