Dear Notre Dame Family,

One challenge of our current reality is the inability to spend time with some of the people we love. While many of us may use unfamiliar technologies to digitally visit with family and friends, Notre Dame clubs globally are also finding creative ways to connect us all.

Several have started Dial-A-Domer programs, where members make phone calls to alumni, especially seniors, to ensure they’re safe and healthy. Some clubs are collecting medical supplies and contributing to local food banks to help the vulnerable. Others have identified ND-affiliated local businesses and encouraged people to patronize them. Still, others are hosting virtual social hours and trivia events, in lieu of in-person social gatherings.

These are just a handful of the ways that Notre Dame clubs have rallied together to make the best of difficult circumstances. We invited our clubs to write about their new initiatives and encourage them to continue to share their stories.

Finally, it is Easter weekend and I'm filled with joy. We have made it through one of the most challenging Lents imaginable. Winter days are thawing and the darkness is turning into light. Daffodils and tulips are blooming. Tomorrow morning we'll wake up in celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. And with that, we will continue to ask God for the courage to face the challenges that lie ahead for all of us. Please know that I will be praying for you and your loved ones as we continue to look for hope and light in the days and weeks ahead.

Yours in Notre Dame,
Dolly Duffy ’84
Executive Director
Notre Dame Alumni Association
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