By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's Haiti Relief Fund has raised more than $40,000 in relief money and supplies going directly to Haitian charitable organizations. || Related Bucknell Magazine story
"Many students, student organizations and classes have worked diligently this semester to raise money and collect needed items to send to Haiti," said Poppy Goforth, director of community service at Bucknell.
"The money is being given to several different relief organizations, including the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, Partners in Health, Mercy Corps, Catholic Charities, the AFYA Foundation and the Crosby Fund for Haitian Education."
Specific fund-raising activities to date:
- The College of Engineering students, faculty and staff raised $1,531.50 during the college's annual National Engineers Week celebration for American Red Cross for Haiti relief efforts.
- Chi Phi fraternity collected more than $1,500 for Mercy Corps through online donations, and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity collected $300 for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund from membership and through phone calls to alumni and family. The Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council donated $2,000 to Partners in Health.
- The Class of 2013 collected more than $150 at First Night, and the Bison Chips a cappella group donated a portion of their ticket sales from the ChipFest concert.
- The men's and women's track teams collected donations at their spring meets for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, and collections at religious services totaled $1,910.
- The Black Student Union, Office of Community Service and International Student Services sponsored a Halos for Haiti benefit dinner, which raised more than $7,000. Half of the proceeds will be donated to Partners in Health and half will be entrusted to the University for future relief efforts and trips to Haiti.
More than 3,000 items donated
In addition to the money raised for the Haiti Relief Fund, two Management 101 companies worked with the AFYA Foundation on the "Heart to Heart" Haiti project to collect and donated needed items.
"The student-led companies worked to fill and ship a storage container with more than 3,000 items, including tents, sleeping bags, kids' clothing, toys and accessories, school supplies, kitchen supplies and medical materials including crutches and braces and first-aid supplies," Goforth said. "The grand total monetary value was $26,701."
Haiti relief efforts are ongoing with support for immediate needs as well as a sustainable effort to help the Haitian people on a long-term basis. Three task forces have been created to address the short-term crisis response, educational information and programming and sustainable long-term approaches.
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