Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Call to Unite?
The Call to Unite is a 24-hour livestream event that invites the world to recognize our shared humanity and offer one another support. Viewers will come together as spiritual, cultural, and civic leaders channel our energy into a global movement to directly support those in need. All participants will be challenged to give, serve, and share their story – and commit to emerging from this moment better than before.
When is the livestream event?
The 24-hour livestream begins Friday, May 1, 2020 at 8 PM EDT and airs through Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 8 PM EDT.
Where is it happening?
The Call to Unite will be live-streamed here at, as well as all major streaming platforms – including Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, LinkedIn, SiriusXM Stars channel 109, and others to come.
Why is The Call to Unite happening now?
Today, billions of people around the world are isolated and anxious because of the COVID-19 pandemic – unable to gather with loved ones, go to work, or even mourn those they’ve lost. Still, in this moment of isolation, millions are rising to the occasion by showing each other love and support in countless ways. The Call to Unite is a celebration of those acts of humanity, and an invitation to the world to join in lifting one another in this moment of need.
What is happening during The Call to Unite?
The event will feature a special opening hour hosted by Tim Shriver with leaders including Oprah Winfrey, Eckhart Tolle, T.D. Jakes, former Presidents, and more. Throughout the 24 hours, global leaders and entertainers will join front-line heroes and citizens of the world as each uniquely answers the call to unite – by teaching a practice, offering a prayer, performing a song, sharing a memory, announcing a commitment to action, or otherwise presenting a gift that helps people not only cope with the pandemic, but also come out of it in a fundamentally better place than before.
Who is involved?
Our growing list of participants includes:

What are participants doing during The Call to Unite?
All participants will be providing the world with hope and inspiration, purpose and perspective, laughter and light. Whether a story, sermon, meditation, poem, dance, song, practice, talk, call to inaction, or call to action, they each will offer their unique gift to the world at a moment in which we need each other more than ever before.
What are the social media handles and hashtags?
Join the movement and follow The Call to Unite on social media:

I want to help! How can I #unite?
  • Visit our Take Action page to find easy ways to donate and volunteer, thanks to partnerships with GiveDirectly and Points of Light. Please share what you can and help support the people and communities who need it most. Every bit helps.
  • Spread the love on social media by celebrating someone who’s been there for you through this pandemic and sharing with the world how you plan to #unite with someone else.
Is The Call to Unite a sponsored event?
Yes. We are proud to be working with our Sponsors to make this event possible.
What languages will the livestream be available in?
What is UNITE? And who leads it?
UNITE is a diverse collaborative founded by leaders from all walks of life and dedicated to creating and supporting projects that address universal challenges we can only solve together. It is led by Special Olympics Chairman Tim Shriver.
How is UNITE connected to The Call to Unite?
Compelled by the urgency of the moment, UNITE is presenting The Call to Unite as its first major step into the world. The Call to Unite is a global invitation for the world to come together under a common purpose, working together to improve the lives of millions in need. The Call to Unite is the embodiment of this collective for common purpose – a collective that we would welcome you to join. This moment is bigger than any one of us.