SJC Long Island student-athlete Jordyn Juvelier ’22 is proud to work for Gino’s Pizzeria in Ronkonkoma, which is supporting health care workers through food donations during the COVID-19 crisis.
“We started donations to Stony Brook Hospital and City MD in Selden about 3-4 weeks ago,” said Juvelier, who answers the phone and rings up orders at Gino’s.
“I think it’s important for Gino’s to do something like this during the current times because it lets the nurses and doctors know how much we appreciate all they do,” said Juvelier, a biology major with a concentration in adolescence education. “Secondly, it is giving back to the people in our community, which represents unity, and unity is what will get us through this crisis.”
During the pandemic, Juvelier has picked up many shifts, helping cover for coworkers who are afraid to come in to work. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have her own fears about being exposed to the virus.
“The hardest part of my job right now is having to expose myself and my family to the germs and people that I come in contact with at work still,” said Juvelier, a member of SJC Long Island’s women’s lacrosse team. “My older brother just had a baby boy with his wife, and I can’t see him because of the coronavirus situation, which really stinks.”
Juvelier is still trying to see the positive in being an essential worker, though.
“What’s most rewarding is definitely putting smiles on people’s faces and knowing that there still is good out in the world,” she said.
This story is part of OnCampus’ “Answering the Call” series, focusing on St. Joseph’s College students and alumni working outside their homes in essential jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.