JUHAN is calling upon our university partners to stand in solidarity with those affected by Hurricane Harvey. To date, ¼ of the Texas population, 6.8 million have been affected. The death toll is now at 40 and some areas have over 50 inches of water. 30,000 people have been displaced and are in need of shelter. We are partnering with the St. Bernard’s Project to aid the people affected and we need your help!
Read More about the SBP at http://sbpusa.org/where-we-help/harvey-recovery
SBP exists to shrink the time between disaster and recovery. While the totality of the damage and suffering is not yet clear, there is no doubt that there are hundreds of thousands of Texas residents who will need help to find a prompt, predictable and efficient path home. Just like SBP has done in eight other disaster impacted communities, we stay to rebuild long after the national attention fades.
The Fairfield University community stands in solidarity with communities in the Caribbean and throughout the southern U.S and Texas affected by this catastrophic hurricane season. Starting with Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, the Fairfield University community is reaching out to help.
Our recently established Humanitarian Relief Committee, housed in the Center for Faith & Public Life and with wide participation from students groups and offices across campus, was formed in early September to respond to this type of situation. The Committee is responsible for coordinating future and ongoing responses to disasters and emergencies and to harness our resources in a more collaborative manner. The Dean of Students and Residence Life has identified students who are from the affected areas and will be reaching out to them. Students can also visit Counseling & Psychological Services in Dolan Hall to meet with a therapist. All services are free and confidential for students. Walk in hours are Monday through Friday 2:00pm to 4:00pm
As with the other hurricanes that have hit the Caribbean and our shore in the past weeks, Our students have organized events to educate on natural disasters and emergency preparedness and to fundraise. At this time, our efforts will focus primarily on fundraising. Sending funds (rather than goods) enable the local communities to respond in the ways that best serve them and supports local economies.
Campus Ministry donated $2,000 to Cristo Rey High School in Texas through collections during the Mass of the Holy Spirit on September 8th and during Sunday masses that weekend. Two Jesuit high schools are located in Houston: Strake Jesuit College Preparatory and Cristo Rey. If you are interested in donating to either Strake or Cristo Rey through the Jesuits U.S. Central and Southern Province, click here.
Additionally, Catholic Relief Services is accepting donations to help prepare families in the Caribbean for approaching hurricanes and for families recovering in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Many more events are being planned. Please visit our Calendar for updates on our response.
On August 29th the Georgetown community held their Mass of the Holy Spirit where they prayed for those impacted by the storm and took up a collection to be donated to support relief efforts. Also, Georgetown’s Center for Social Justice (CSJ) has set up a fund to support Humanitarian aid and disaster relief to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Donations can be made by going to this link http://links.georgetown.mkt6170.com/ctt?kn=3&ms=MzAzNjYwNDYS1&r=NzE1OTM0OTA4NTQS1&b=0&j=MTEwMzMxMjA4NQS2&mt=1&rt=0 and typing “Harvey” in the “other designation” box. These funds will be donated to Catholic Charities of Galveston- Houston to assist families in recovery.
With the help of weekend liturgy collections, donations collected by the student groups SHAPE and MPE’s, as well as faculty, staff and Jesuit community contributions, we raised $2,470 that will be distributed to those who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and immigrants served by Catholic Charities of Houston-Galveston.
With Hurricane Irma’s devastation affecting people in the Caribbean and Florida, We will be collecting money for local organizations in the region affected by Irma at liturgies on campus this weekend and between now and Friday, September 22 in Campion House and Human Resources.
Watch out for opportunities to donate through SGA efforts which will be announced in the coming days.
An announcement was made to campus via Office of Communications/Campus Announce Electronic Bulletin Board that Sunday Mass collections, beginning Sept. 3, would be forwarded to Catholic Relief Services for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts, and that Office of Campus Ministry was available to receive and forward donations from members of the campus community as well. Those Sunday Mass collections continue. As of Sept. 17 announced intention/purpose for donations has changed to Hurricane Relief due to appearance of Hurricane Irma as well as anticipated impact of Hurricane Maria. Catholic Relief Services is now asking for donations designated for Hurricane Relief due to the continuing effects of the storms. Thus far, $763.95 has been collected for CRS, with several donations coming in directly to the office. People who wish to write checks are asked to make them payable to Catholic Relief Services, with notation, Hurricane Relief.
Let us know what your campus will do!