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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
2013: Hurricane Sandy
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.
2011: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
- Crisis in Japan
- Whitaker ’73 on the Ground in Sendai
- HWS Aid to Japan Noted
- Tidball to Explore Disaster Relief
- HWS Stands With Japan
2010: Haiti Earthquake
- Edward Brennan P’06, P’12 answers a call to action in Haiti
- Freitag ’14 Featured for Philanthropy
- More Colleges' Fundraisers for Haiti
2005: Hurricane Katrina
- The Politics of Disaster
- In the Wake of Hurricane Katrina
- Student Response to Gulf Coast Trips
- Student Presentation on Service Trip
- Johnson Presents on Katrina Refugees
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 email@example.com, so we can track the HWS combined effort.