HWS Responds

Mission and Purpose

When natural disasters strike, HWS students, faculty and staff pitch in to help. HWS Responds began in 2005 in an effort to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, and continued with efforts to assist people affected by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. We are now committed to assisting in the relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy left so much devastation in her wake. If you'd like to assist, please email serve@hws.edu or call (315) 781-3825.

Current Efforts: Nepal Relief

?Student volunteers from HWS Responds tabled during the end of the Spring 2015 semester to raise funds for relief in Nepal. The HWS Responds Initiative worked with the Office of Intercultural Affairs and other student leaders to organize this effort. Funds raised went to the reputable response organization, Direct Relief International, which has partnered with the Colleges for past natural and humanitarian disasters. With the aid of partners like HWS, Direct Relief has to date delivered 251,468 lbs. of medical aid totaling $28.6 million to health facilities throughout Nepal's earthquake-affected regions. To make a donation, please visit www.directrelief.org.

Previous Efforts

2013: Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy Updates

New Jersey Area: Hurricane Sandy Relief 2013

HWS Staff member Jeff DeVuyst led this relief trip in March 2013 as an Alternative Spring Break. Working with Community Collaborations International, and staying on site with Hamilton College students, HWS students spent the week working in Atlantic County, New Jersey, on Hurricane Sandy relief and reconstruction projects. Community Collaborations provided food, lodging, tools, safety equipment, and project coordination.

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2011: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

2010: Haiti Earthquake

2005: Hurricane Katrina



Over the last year, student-coordinated fundraising efforts benefitting local, national and international non-proft organizations total more than $110,000.


For the latest American Red Cross relief information or to make a donation visit www.RedCross.org

If you choose to donate directly to the ARC please email serve@hws.edu, so we can track the HWS combined effort.


Direct Relief International


Red Cross

Network for Good

Operation Helping Hands