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From COVID Collaborative

Hidden Pain: Children
Who Lost a Parent or Caregiver

to COVID-19 and What the
Nation Can Do to Help Them

Of the more than 760,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19 as of November 17, 2021, there are 167,000 children
under 18 who have lost a
parent or other in-home caregiver.

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is a bipartisan ideas company specializing in innovative initiatives

at the cutting edge of domestic, economic, and international policy.



Building a new community of local changemakers| Change Collective

February 28, 2023: Calling all changemakers in Chicago, Detroit, and Jackson — you need to know about the Change Collective. Change Collective is building a cohort of local leaders who want to bring people together, bridge divides, and solve problems at the community level. You'll have access to training opportunities, leadership development, and a network of local and national mentors. I am proud to be on Change Collective's Advisory Council, and I encourage you to learn more and apply at

Moore calls for gap service year after high school. What could it mean for Maryland?| Herald Media

February 14, 2023: Wes Moore, Maryland's new governor, has a bold idea for civic service. “We are going to be the state that’s going to bring a service-year option for every single high-school graduate,” said Moore, and his second executive order established the Department of Service and Civic Innovation, creating a cabinet secretary position to oversee the service year option program. John Bridgeland called what’s happening in Maryland “one of the more exciting developments in civilian national service I’ve seen since 9/11.” Read more about the SERVE Act here.

"In our right minds..."| The Call to Unite

February 13, 2023: Tim Shriver pens a moving tribute to Washington Post columnist and ally of UNITE and CIVIC efforts Michael J. Gerson and shares Mike's hopes for the future...  Read the full UNITE newsletter here.

Mourning ‘Compassionate Conservatism’ Along With Its Author| NY Times

February 10, 2023: Mourning the passing of presidential speechwriter and columnist Michael Gerson, those "gathered in the majestic Washington National Cathedral, where presidents and cabinet secretaries and other titans of America’s ruling class are traditionally memorialized in the nation’s capital" want the legacy of Mike's legacy of  "compassionate conservatism" to live on. “In honor of Mike, we need a renewed commitment to that legacy that he nurtured, cultivated, so beautifully over his life and gave voice to,” John Bridgeland  Read the full article here.

Sunnylands: Revitalizing Local News with New Capital, Creativity, and Collective Action | Nieman Reports

Feb 2, 2023: A gathering of current and prospective journalism funders and practitioners gathered in Sunnylands, CA, to reinvent local news as civic information in service of communities.  Read the full Opinion piece here.

REPORT: Educating Future-Ready Students| CASEL, CCD, CIVIC

May 9 2022: Civic, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and the Coalition for Career Development (CCD) Center released a new report featuring a state policy roadmap for K-12 education that prepares students to succeed in a rapidly changing world. "Americans look to the education system to equip young people to succeed in this environment, but traditional approaches have often fallen short with the rapidly changing future of work. Employers and the evidence point to a need for social and emotional skills within career and workforce education.   Access the report here.

America is rallying to support Ukrainians | The Hill

March 30, 2022: ..."twice in the past year, American policy and the American people have turned their attention to welcoming substantial populations of newcomers — first from Afghanistan and now from Ukraine." "Americans want to help, and they are working with Welcome.US to ensure that those who need a haven here will find one."  Read here.

Ukrainians are dying for democracy. In America, Republicans won't stand up to Trump. | USA Today

March 26, 2022: The contrast now between Ukraine and the United States is striking, but in an unexpected way – in the defense of democracy.. Read the USAToday op-ed on the threat to democracy in America by John Bridgeland here.

Ukrainian Support

March 26, 2022: John Bridgeland, Tim Shriver, John DiIuio, Naz Ash and other members joined Archbishop Borys Gudziak and his team in Philadelphia to develop a plan to support the 100,000 Ukrainians who can seek safe haven in the United States. Click here to view.

Democracy Dialogues | The Cavalier Daily

March 19, 2022: The second Democracy Dialogues event of the semester centered on a discussion about the stability and relevance of global democracy in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine this past Wednesday on Zoom. Read here.

New year, new hope for rural America | West Central Tribune

February 10, 2022: "Combined efforts like the one NRHA and COVID Collaborative are proud to help lead aim to meet rural Americans where they are through their trusted healthcare and medical leaders, houses of worship, the agricultural community, and the small business community." Read the full opinion piece.

Afghan refugees need help. | USA Today

February 4, 2022: "Afghan refugees needed help. Americans stepped up to say, 'Welcome to your new home.'" Read the USA Today op-ed on Welcmoe.Us by John Bridgeland and Cecilia Muñoz here.

'Fireside Chats' with World Leaders | UVAToday

January 13, 2022: The January term course at the University of Virginia, President Biden's First Year, is learning to assess leadership with an 18-person bipartisan guest list, including UVA Law alumnus John Bridgeland. Read here

A call to action to help America's children | The Hill

December 24, 2021: John Bridgeland and Dan Treglia call on the public and private sectors to engage in a national strategy that helps the 167,000+ children that have lost their in-home caregiver to COVID-19. Read here.

COVID-bereaved children need our support | The Enquirer

December 13, 2021: John Bridgeland shares why COVID-bereaved children need our support, following COVID Collaborative's Hidden Pain report on the more than 167,000 children who lost a caregiver due to the pandemic—"COVID orphans." Read here

Thanks to progress made from 2000, 10.6 million lives have been saved from malaria. But 800 children still die from malaria every day. You can help be part of the effort to end malaria deaths.  Go to:

Gracias a los progresos realizados entre 2001 y 2020, se han salvado 10.6 millones de vidas de la malaria. Pero aún mueren 800 niños de malaria cada día. Usted puede colaborar con la iniciativa para acabar con las muertes por malaria. Visite:

Washington, DC 20036


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