Baylor Responds to Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts
Baylor University is currently working on a number of responses to Hurricane Katrina and its devastating impact on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
September 9, 2005
As of today (Sep. 9), here is the current response from Baylor:
- Baylor's Student Government has set up a means by which students, faculty, staff and alumni can contribute to hurricane relief efforts. For information on "Paws for a Cause" click on www.baylor.edu/paws4cause.
- The Baylor University Athletics Department will team with the American Red Cross to assist Hurricane Katrina relief efforts during the Bears' football game on Saturday, Sept. 10, against Samford. A number of Baylor University student groups will take monetary donations at each entrance of Floyd Casey Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
- Baylor has admitted a number of students affected by Hurricane Katrina to various programs and schools. To learn more click here.
- The Department of Counseling Services is starting a support group for students who have family and friends affected by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The initial meeting for the support group will be held on September 12, 2005 at 3:30 pm in the North Village Classroom (room #4126) located directly across from the North Village Seasons 3:1 Cafe. Please contact Dr. Jim Marsh, Director of Counseling Services, at 710-2467 for further information.
- Baylor's McLane Student Life Center at Speight and Bagby avenues is providing showers and towels to displaced persons who are sheltered at Seventh and James Baptist Church in Waco.
- Student Activities is partnering with a variety of other campus departments and student organizations to meet the needs of those affected by this disaster. Visit the Student Activities Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts web page for more information.
- The Baylor University School of Social Work is collaborating with community members for the care of families who have relocated to Central Texas. The School is providing a web page to inform people about the needs of the displaced families and how people can get involved with the aid efforts in our community. Visit www.baylor.edu/social_work/katrina for more information.
- Truett Seminary will serve the Baylor family as a collection site for non-perishable food, cleanup and health care items most requested by FEMA and other emergency relief organizations. The seminary will take donations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily throughout September in the first floor dean's suite. Some suggested items include: cleanup kits, health kits, bottled water, canned tuna, diapers, peanut butter, and granola or cereal bars. The donations benefit local relief organizations. For more information, call Truett Seminary at (254) 710-3755.
- The Mayborn Museum Complex will be donating backpacks filled with new school supplies to Hurricane Katrina refugees in Waco so that their displaced children can begin their new school experience with nice supplies. Gift cards to a local discount department store will also be included with the backpacks so that families may purchase a new school outfit for their children or other necessities. Also included will be family passes to the Mayborn Museum Complex and the Dr Pepper Museum. Individuals or organizations wishing to donate to this project may bring new school supplies, backpacks, or cash donations to the Mayborn Museum Complex at 1300 S University Parks Dr. between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, until 8 p.m. Thursday, and from 1 – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Please note that this is not a gift to Baylor University and not tax deductible. For further information, please contact Sarah Levine at 710-2517 or Sarah_Levine@baylor.edu.
- Baylor Alumni Steppin' Out groups around Texas are organizing relief efforts for areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. For more information on how Baylor alumni can help, go to www.baylor.edu/alumni/katrina. The Baylor Alumni Steppin' Out project Baylor Nation Blood Drive will be at Floyd Casey stadium on Saturday September 10. Click here for more information on the Baylor Nation Blood Drive.
- Baylor's Student Life division is working on assembling student teams to help with the cleanup efforts over Baylor's fall break (Oct. 21-23).
Check back frequently for the latest updates on Baylor's Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. For media inquiries about Baylor faculty experts who can serve as resources on Hurricane Katrina-related stories, please visit the Baylor Media Resources website.