Campus Community Pitches in for Hurricane Relief

As heart-wrenching images of Katrina’s destructive aftermath flooded America’s television screens, Trinity students stepped back onto campus with a sense of urgency to aid in the relief efforts. From athletics teams to the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Black Student Union, the campus rallied to raise funds and donate support. 

Hillel and the field hockey team volunteered their time at the State Armory, where thousands of area residents dropped off donations of food and water. Another group of students, in a grassroots effort, went door to door (as well as classroom to classroom) collecting money from faculty, staff, and students, raising $2,000 for Second Harvest, the largest food relief organization in the country. And in the most successful Katrina fundraising effort on campus to date, the SGA, under the leadership of Narin Prum ’06, organized a benefit concert featuring a cappella groups and other campus musicians that raised almost $3,000—which is being matched by the President’s Office.   

Director of the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement Joe Barber, after much research and in consultation with student organizations, will send all College donations to two small relief agencies: Southern Mutual Help Association, Inc.(www.southernmutualhelp.org), which works primarily with agricultural and pervasively poor communities, and NOLA Hurricane Relief Fund  (www.nolahurricanefund.org), a group of Tulane University students helping New Orleans public school students.

Tulane students, while working valiantly to organize the NOLA fund, were also scrambling to find a school in which to enroll for the fall semester. The College embraced the opportunity to welcome 10 students from Tulane and one from Loyola University in New Orleans, quickly renovating apartments on Crescent Street to house some of the students. A special orientation was held on September 14 during which the president greeted the students, assuring them that it was an honor to have them at Trinity.

The momentum for the relief efforts is still in full swing with hundreds of plastic yellow wristbands inscribed with “Katrina” being sold on campus as well as “Rajun Cajun” T-shirts and Mardi Gras beads. Said President Jones, “I am proud to be a part of this great College that has rallied together to lend a helping hand to our fellow human beings who find themselves in desperate straits and in unimaginable circumstances wrought by the power of Hurricane Katrina.”

Story contributed by Carlin Carr

 

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