It can be hard to reach out to people in need, particularly when we don't know them. Even with our own friends or family, we may wonder, "Does this person really want me to get involved?" We may think an offer of help is better left to an authority or someone who is closer to the person in need.
The truth is that we can almost always help -- if we make the choice to do so. UF's U Matter, We Care initiative seeks to encourage us to make that choice by providing the tools for everyone at the university to assist students in distress or contact those at the university who are trained to help.
U Matter, We Care is an umbrella for care-related programs and resources for students and employees. It includes a program to train people to recognize the signs of distress and to provide help. It also includes a website of care-related resources, as well as a centralized phone number (294-CARE) and email address for those seeking help or wanting to help others.
Whether in reaching out to earthquake victims in Nepal or tornado victims in our own country, we in the UF community have shown over and over again that we care about those outside our campus. U Matter, We Care helps us extend that care to those inside our own community. It is an important initiative for our university, and I hope you will join me in continuing its success.