Students give back during COVID-19 Crisis

Las Vegas, Nevada – April 15, 2020 – Giving of their time during the quarantine, college students across the country are coming together to support the vision of

Kathleen Kilmer, CEO of, created a platform called where people can come together as a country to show appreciation for the heroes on the front line of this COVID-19 battle. She and her band of student volunteers manage and promote a page on her website where people can post messages of appreciation for workers at every facility in the United States. The responsive site allows for easily posting text or video from a phone, tablet or computer.

Kilmer believes these front-line warriors are the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only the doctors and nurses visible in the hospitals and clinics but also all the people behind the scenes—those in labs, food service, janitorial, security—everyone who keeps these facilities running.

“The Honor and Thank initiative offers a unique opportunity for EVERYONE, regardless of how much money you have or how much time you have, to show their support and help motivate millions of these front line workers within a quick 2 minute message,” said Julia Yeh, a business and economics major at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

There are currently over 100 college students offering their time and the skills they are learning without asking anything in return. Their reasons for volunteering are all different, but they each have a story to tell.

“Personally, I wanted to work on it because as a college student, I tended to live in my “university bubble,” but this presented an opportunity to make a difference outside my normal world,” said Kate Hartman, advertising major at the University of Tennessee.

These students are offering their hard-earned skills to promote this grassroots effort because of their desire to provide community service. And it’s paying off. Right now, each facility has over 80 messages. But it’s just the beginning.

Mackenzie Tolrud, a media/communications studies major at Florida State University, explained why the work was important to her and why she is continuing to put in the effort.

“I wanted to do my part during the crisis. I have extra time to give, so might as well make a difference,” she said.

These students would most likely never interact–different schools, different majors, different worlds–but now they are making connections that will follow them throughout their lives. They are getting an opportunity to put skills they are learning in the classroom into action in a real-world situation–during a time when many internships are on hold because of social distancing.

Mi’a Toomer, communication major at Youngstown State University, summed it up.

“I was inspired by a speaker in class. He asked us how we are going to be legendary in this time of crisis? And up until that moment I always wanted to make a difference, but thought I could really only make a difference after I got my degree. He made me realize we all have some power to make a difference regardless of status.”

For more information, visit or call Marianne Vanderbeke at 877-337-5261 extension 4.