After Hurricane Harvey brought devastating winds and flooding to Texas over the weekend, Duke employees and students are looking for ways to support the individuals who have fallen victim to the storm.
The hurricane made landfall just northeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, Friday night as a Category Four, with winds of 130 mph.
Duke President Vincent E. Price sent a message to the Duke employee community on Aug. 28:
“Today, our thoughts are with those Duke University People who have family and friends who live in communities affected by the catastrophic flooding in Texas. Over the coming weeks, we will have many opportunities to come together as a community in support of Hurricane Harvey relief, and I hope you will join me in taking part in these efforts.”
Larry Moneta, Duke’s vice president for Student Affairs, also sent a message on Aug. 27 to all Duke students:
“…Let me begin by expressing my concerns about the conditions many are experiencing because of the storms. I want to reach out specifically to those of you who may be personally affected by this – who may have friends and/or family suffering from these extraordinary weather conditions. Please reach out to the many support services at Duke who may be able to support you. CAPS can help with the stress you may be feeling. Your academic advisor and academic dean can help you work through any impact this may have on your studies. Feel free to write to me directly if there’s something we can or should do to help.”
Here are ways to help, and this list will be updated throughout the week:
Starting Aug. 30: Duke Football Collecting Relief Items
Duke Football is partnering with Marrins’ Mooving to collect items that will be sent to flood victims. Collections start Aug. 30, and for every three items that people donate, they can purchase a Duke Football general admission ticket to the Sept. 9 game for only $5. Here are the donation drop-off times and a list of requested items for the Houston community.
Sept. 6-8: Duke Society of Black Engineers Collecting American Red Cross Donations
Duke’s Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) will collect cash or FLEX donations that will go toward the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Dates: Sept. 6-8
Where: Bryan Center Plaza (Look for the NSBE table)
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sept. 8: Donate Blood in the Brodhead Center
The Duke Red Cross Club is holding a September blood drive. The need for blood is extremely urgent in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Find more details on the event’s Facebook page.
Date: Sept. 8
Where: Brodhead Center (formerly West Union), Room 068, 120 Science Drive, Durham
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 10: Duke Chapel Collects a Hurricane Harvey Offering
During the 11 a.m. Sunday Worship Service on Sept. 10, Duke Chapel will collect an offering for Hurricane Harvey relief. The financial donations will go to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief).
Sept. 11 – 15: Duke Red Cross Collecting Donations
Duke Red Cross will table in the Bryan Center Plaza Monday, Sept. 11, through Friday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to collect Flex or cash donations for Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief. Anyone who donates at least $10 will receive a complimentary Red Cross T-shirt. Look for the table with a Red Cross tablecloth. All donations will go directly to the American Red Cross.
Sept. 15 Deadline: Join Duke Birthing Center’s Fundraiser for the Texas Diaper Bank
The Duke Birthing Center is raising money for the Texas Diaper Bank. The deadline to make a financial donation to the GoFundMe webpage is Sept. 15.
Duke Alumni Help Others in Houston
Duke alumni in Houston are reaching out to other Duke alumni and parents who may have been affected by the storm. Join the Duke Alumni Houston Facebook Group and then join the Facebook event, which is working to connect Duke community members in Houston with a place to stay, with help removing debris, and more.
Campus Counseling Services
Individuals who may be affected by the storm can connect with campus services:
Duke students – Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
Duke employees – Personal Assistance Service (PAS)
Is your Duke department or student group organizing a Hurricane Harvey relief effort? Please contact April Dudash at firstname.lastname@example.org so she can include your project on this list.
Donate to Houston’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that accepts tax-deductible flood relief donations for victims that have been affected by the recent floods. The fund is housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Donate here.
Contribute to Higher Education Learning Pathways (HELP)
The Harvey HELP Fund, announced by Independent Colleges & Universities of Texas (ICUT), is a crowd-sourced relief fund dedicated to aiding the close to 500,000 students impacted by Hurricane Harvey–almost a third of all of the college and university students in Texas. HELP, which stands for Higher Education Learning Pathways, will provide emergency funds to enable students in southeast Texas to stay on or quickly return to their education pathway.
Donate to Food Banks Affected by Harvey
Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (Victoria)
Southeast Texas Food Bank (Beaumont)
Brazos Valley Food Bank (Bryan)
Central Texas Food Bank (Austin)
Connect Families to Diapers
The Texas Diaper Bank, based out of San Antonio, is creating relief kits for families with small children who need access to diapers. Donate here.
Help People with Disabilities
The nonprofit Portlight Strategies is providing emergency assistance to hundreds of people with disabilities in areas affected by Harvey, to include distributing supplies and helping to man a hotline for people who need immediate help. Donate here.
Support the United Way of Greater Houston Relief Fund
The United Way Relief Fund has been launched to help meet storm-related needs and recovery in the Texas community. Choose to support a specific county or wherever your donation will do the most good. Donate here.
Help Hospital Employees Impacted by the Storm
The Texas Hospital Association has established the THA Hospital Employee Assistance Fund to help hospital employees who are experiencing significant property loss or damage because of Hurricane Harvey. All funds will be used to directly assist hospital employees in Federal Emergency Management Agency-designated disaster areas. Donate here.
Make a donation to the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is helping the people affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and all across the Gulf coast. Shelters are open, truck loads of supplies are being distributed and volunteers are in place. Donate here.
Give to The Salvation Army
Salvation Army disaster teams from across the country are mobilizing and, even after disaster response efforts are over, The Salvation Army will remain in communities impacted by the storm and support long-term disaster recovery efforts. Donate here.
GlobalGiving is a large, global crowdfunding community that has set the goal to raise $2 million for a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. This fund will provide relief to survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild. Donate here.