A Message from the Vice President for Student Affairs
In typical Scranton fashion, many members of our University community have inquired about how they can be involved in efforts to assist those most affected by Hurricane Sandy. To this end, the University is coordinating our efforts so that we can be as beneficial as possible to those in need. Any student directly impacted by the hurricane should contact the Office of Student Affairs at 941-7680 for assistance. In addition, for the remainder of the week, staff from the Offices of Student Affairs, Campus Ministry, and Financial Aid, as well as the Counseling Center and the Center for Service & Social Justice will be in the Fireplace Lounge of the DeNaples Center from 11AM-1PM to assist those students in need or to answer any questions.
In speaking with agencies and others directly involved in the assistance efforts, there are three primary ways for the University community to be involved in aiding those impacted by the storm. These include the donation of funds, the collection of goods, and the volunteering of time. Those wishing to be involved in these efforts should contact the Office of Student Affairs at 941-7680. The Student Affairs staff will then direct you to those coordinating the specific efforts.
The agencies have asked that our current primary focus be on collecting donations to assist the families in need. Should any University group desire to collect funds, please visit the Office of Student Affairs to complete the necessary approval form. Once collected, all funds will be deposited into a central University account and donated to charities that are directly involved in providing assistance in the greater tri-state area. These agencies will distribute the funds per their operating guidelines.
In addition, there are specific items that are needed in the affected areas, and the agencies have asked that we coordinate an effort to collect only these items at this time. The Center for Service & Social Justice will coordinate all collection efforts by clubs, organizations, departments and individuals.
Finally, given that travel in the severely impacted areas is limited due to a host of different factors, the agencies have asked that volunteers not visit these areas at this time. There will be a significant need in the near future for volunteers to support the assistance efforts. When the University receives notice from the agencies to send volunteers into the affected areas, the Center for Service & Social Justice will coordinate this effort.
In an effort to keep our University community abreast of the various efforts, a Hurricane Sandy website has been created. Please visit www.scranton.edu/hurricanesandy to learn more about these efforts as well as how you can be involved in assisting those in need.
Vincent Carilli, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs