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This page serves as Elon's information clearinghouse for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

Opportunities for involvement:Visit the Kernodle Center for Service Learning Web site to find out more about ways you can help

Forum focuses on 'Break for the Bay' service trip: Elon students, faculty and staff gathered in Yeager Auditorium Oct. 26 for a presentation about the fall break service trip to Bay St. Louis, Miss., Oct. 14-18. “I Am a Town Southbound -- Breaking the Bubble: Elon Experiences Bay St. Louis,” included a documentary from the service trip and a panel of four students who told of their experiences. The event was sponsored by the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and promoted by the Public Relations Student Society of America. More details...

Elon students make a difference during ‘Break for the Bay’ fall service trip:
Elon students made a fall break service trip to provide Hurricane Katrina relief assistance to the Gulfport, Miss., area.



Thompson assists with relief efforts in Alabama: J.W. Thompson, an irrigation technician in Elon's landscaping department, traveled to southwest Alabama Oct. 7-11 with Friends Disaster Service to assist with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Thompson used a Project Pericles service sabbatical to make the trip, the second of three relief visits he plans to make this year. Read this note for details...

Fund drive update: Elon's Katrina Relief fund drive has passed the $20,000 mark. Here is a breakdown of the money raised as of Oct. 10:

Football Game Collections - $5,368
Lowes matching amount - $4,055
Moseley table collections - $1,050
College Coffee bake sale - $1,600
Online donations - $925
Phoenix Cash donations - $1,137
Collage Concert - Family Weekend - $1,561
Checks directly to Red Cross and Salvation Army through Elon - $3,676

Performing arts raises funds for Katrina relief: Elon's annual Collage concert took on special meaning this year. Performing arts professor Catherine McNeela and her students decided to use this annual sell-out event to raise money for the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. Senior Music Theatre major and New Orleans native, Preston Ellis made a heartfelt appeal for assistance at each performance – just before the full company sang "Bridge Over Troubled Water" as a finale. Audience members were encouraged to donate to the relief effort on their way out of the theatre. A total of $1,551.00 was raised during the four-performance run of Collage.

Elon parent donates 20 boxes of hurricane relief supplies for Elon fall break service trip: First-year student Jill Medhus saw an e-mail listing supplies Elon students are collecting for Hurricane Katrina victims. She took the initiative to contact her father's company, SONOCO CorrFlex Display & Packaging Company in Glen Rock, N.J., which designs packages and often receives samples of new products. As a result, SONOCO CorrFlex has donated 20 boxes of supplies. Jill’s father, Eric Medhus, brought these supplies to Elon when he visited during Family Weekend. Students and faculty will deliver these and other supplies collected to victims of Hurricane Katrina during fall break (Oct. 14-18) when they travel to the Gulfport-area town of Bay St. Louis to assist in relief efforts. Many thanks to Jill and Eric Medhus and the creative director of SONOCO CorrFlex, Jorge Buffa, for their efforts to aid Elon students in their hurricane relief efforts.

descriptionElon trustee Jeanne Robertson hosts hurricane relief benefit: Nationally-renowned humorist Jeanne Swanner Robertson, an Elon University trustee, raised more than $23,000 in a benefit for the victims of Hurricane Katrina on Sept. 29. The event was sponsored by the Burlington Times-News as part of Alamance County's "Operation Gulfport," a project to aid storm victims in the Gulfport, Miss., area.  Click here to find out more about this special event...

descriptionStudent utilizes EMT training in Louisiana storm relief: Elon senior Alyson Boyer spent two weeks in Louisiana assisting in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Boyer left campus Wednesday, Sept. 14 to work with Disaster Health Services, utilizing her certification as a firefighter and EMT to assist with medical care. She said she knew she had to help when she saw pictures of the devastation. “I knew when this happened, I was going to do something,” said Boyer, who is from Washington Township, N.J., near Philadelphia.

Excerpts of an e-mail Boyer send to campus on Sept. 21:

Hey Everyone,

...I am currently working the night shift (7 or 11 pm to 7 am) at a shelter called La Place which is about 15 minutes outside of New Orleans. For now, I am still living at the staff shelter in Houma, but that might change in the next couple of days depending on what happens with Rita. There is a good chance we may have to evacuate. But we still have clean water, showers, power, and AC.

Working the night shifts has given me a fair amount of time during the day to go out and see things. Houma is a cute little town with quite a bit to do. Yesterday, I went to New Orleans with some other volunteers to hand out drinks to the fire fighters, army, and other emergency personnel. Words can't even begin to describe what I saw. We saw the 17th Canal Street levee that broke during the storm. Some streets are still covered in water. The grass and trees are all dead and brown from the nasty water. The houses that were flooded, which you can see on TV, were all searched by the national guard. Once a house is searched, the outside is marked. If the house is clear, a big X is spray painted on the door with the date and the unit the did the search. If any animals were found, that was also written on the door so that the SPCA could come and take care of them. Some houses had a large O painted on the doors. These were house in which a body was found. It was eerie walking down the street looking at these doors. It broke the heart to see one with a O on it, and you kept hoping you wouldn't see another, but you always did. Huge trees had fallen on top of houses. To give you an idea of how big these trees are, I stood next to the roots of a tree that fell, and it was taller than me! The streets are lined with dirt and trash. Huge sail boats littered the high way. Downtown New Orleans was pretty well drained. For the most part, it looks the same as it did when my mom and I were there a few months ago. The biggest difference was that there were no people. NO is a city that always has something going on. To see the streets of the French Quarter empty was just so weird! We walked down Bourbon Street, the most famous street in NO, and came across the bar that had stayed open through the storm. They were giving out free drinks and had music blasting. Army people, fire fighters, and others came in for their breaks. It was the most amazing party I have ever been to! It was as if nothing ever happened in NO. The spirit of the city is still very much alive. At one point, over 50 of us emergency workers made a toast to the city. It is something that I will never forget!

The people down here are just wonderful. Funny the shelter that I am at houses the people whose homes, south of NO, were completely destroyed. I have found these people to be the happiest and most grateful out of all the shelters. It is quite interesting. A few nights ago, my partner and I were able to revive a man who had a major seisure brought on by drinking. I thought we were going to loss him, but we were able to bring him back. It was a great feeling. I've also been working a lot with children. It is a lot harder it seems for the children to deal with this than the adults since they don't completely understand. BTW, thanks so much to everyone for sending those donations to me. I have made several Wal-mart runs to get toys and school supplies for the children. I wish I could share with you the joy of watching their little faces light up at the sight of a new toy. It makes this trip with all the long hours and lack of sleep so worth it.


descriptionFundraising update - Sept. 13 - Elon has raised more than $14,000 for Katrina relief: Brian O'Shea, assistant to the vice president for student life, said Elon students have raised $10,100 for hurricane relief efforts as of Tuesday, Sept. 13. About $2,200 was raised at the Sept. 13 College Coffee bake sale. The total amount raised  increases to $14,153 with matching funds pledged by Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse.

College Coffee bake sale benefits Katrina relief: Cakes, pies, cookies and more were on sale Tuesday, Sept. 13 as College Coffee had a bake sale and Mardi Gras theme to benefit Elon's Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Students, faculty and staff donated their favorite baked goods for the sale. Muffins, cookies, doughnuts, cheesecakes and pies filled six tables around Fonville Fountain. The bake sale raised more than $2,200 that will be donated to the Salvation Army and the Red Cross to assist with hurricane relief work in the Gulf Coast region. Linda Martindale in the Humanities department organized the bake sale. She said more than 150 people contributed baked goods, including 20 cakes and pies, along with cookies, brownies and Rice Krispies treats too numerous to count. A variation of a King Cake, a bayou tradition for Mardi Gras and other special occasions, was auctioned off. Connie Book, associate professor of communications and a native of Louisiana, submitted the winning bid of $200. Swing music was provided by Associate Professor of Music Jon Metzger and his students. The latest CD from Elan, Elon's vocal jazz ensemble, was on sale for $8, with $5 from each sale benefiting hurricane relief.

descriptionFundraising update - Sept. 9 - Elon has raised more than $12,500 for Katrina relief: Brian O'Shea, assistant to the vice president for student life, said Elon students have raised $8,624 for hurricane relief efforts as of Friday, Sept. 9. That figure increases to $12,679 with matching funds pledged by Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse. Most of the donations were generated during a fund drive at the Sept. 3 Elon football game at Rhodes Stadium, coordinated by Kappa Sigma fraternity along with other student volunteers. In addition, O'Shea reports an overwhelming response to a drive to collect furniture and other household items. Among the items collected are sofas, 2 bedroom suites, 3 refrigerators, microwave ovens, clothes, toiletries and 55 blankets. Katrina relief fund drives will be held at Elon's home football games on Sept. 17, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1. Collection tables are also set up in Moseley Center and in dining halls.

descriptionPanel discussion explores the causes and effects of Hurricane Katarina
Four faculty members and a displaced student from Tulane University discussed the effects of Hurricane Katrina in a Sept. 8 panel discussion. Reflecting on the storm from their respective disciplines, the faculty members talked about the conditions that led to the tremendous destruction and loss of life. Communications faculty member Jessica Gisclair, panel moderator, grew up as a fisherman's daughter in Lafitte, La., a village on the bayou. She says people from that area depend on income from each fishing season. "I wonder what will remain of my culture, my heritage, of my home," Gisclair said.  Read this note for details...

description Elon student heads to Mississippi to help with hurricane relief efforts: Tim Anderson, a junior from Macon, Ga., withdrew from fall semester to take his firefighting and paramedic skills to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina. Anderson, a history major, is a firefighter with the Town of Elon Fire Department and also an EMT. He was preparing to leave campus in a few weeks to study abroad in St. Andrews, Scotland, when the hurricane struck, leveling much of the Gulf Coast.  Read this note for details...

Elon enrolls a total of eight students displaced by Hurricane Katrina: As of Sept. 9, Elon has enrolled five freshmen, two sophomores and a junior who were displaced from New Orleans colleges in the aftermath of the Katrina disaster. The freshmen are all from Tulane University, and include two students from North Carolina, and students from Maryland, South Carolina and Massachusetts. The sophomores are from Dillard and Loyola universities and the junior is from Loyola University. In line with policies recommended by several high education organizations (including the American Council on Education and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities), Elon has admitted the students on a special (visiting student) basis. The schools involved will retain the students' tuition and Elon will not charge the students for on-campus housing. 

descriptionFootball fundraiser collects $8,000 for Katrina relief

Faculty and staff: Find out how to help Katrina victims through your United Way pledge. 

Message to the Elon community from President Leo M. Lambert

Find out about how others are reaching out to college and universities affected by the hurricane:The Society for College and University Planning and The Chronicle of Higher Education 

Campus meeting held Sept. 1 to plan Hurricane Katrina response 

Chapel focuses on prayers for Hurricane Katrina victims


descriptionLink to online giving siteYou may make a secure donation to Elon's Hurricane Katrina drive. Your donations will be added to other fundraising efforts on campus. The money will be used to buy materials and provide direct victim assistance for future Elon service trips to Gulfport, Mississippi.