Duke students volunteer to pack meals for Stop Hunger Now

Relief for Texas

Last week’s devastating winter storm has left millions in Texas without heat or electricity while enduring extreme temperatures, wind, snow and ice. Federal, state and local governments are working together to respond to the immediate needs in communities across the state. One way to support the recovery is by contributing to the efforts of relief organizations.

These organizations are mobilizing a response:  

American Red Cross

Feeding Texas

Coalition for the Homeless

Hurricane Dorian Update from President Price

President Vincent Price sent this message to the Duke community on Monday, September 9

Dear Colleagues,

In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, we wish to express our gratitude to the first responders, Duke Facilities team members, and university and Duke Health staff who helped the Duke community weather the storm safely. Our main campuses were spared most of the rain and wind; while the Marine Lab in Beaufort sustained moderate damage, it reopened yesterday and resumed classes this morning.

At the same time, we recognize that many members of the Duke community have friends and family who were in the direct path of Dorian. The northern Bahamas were devastated by the storm, and parts of the Atlantic coast also have a significant recovery ahead. Duke is committed to assisting these efforts, and you can support the recovery by contributing to any of the following organizations: 

Duke University’s Doing Good in the Neighborhood – Emergency Relief Fund

North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund

American Red Cross

Bahamas Red Cross

Thank you again to everyone who worked to keep Duke safe during Hurricane Dorian.

Vincent E. Price

Help Collect Supplies and Gifts for Children Affected by Hurricanes

The Nicholas School of the Environment and the Duke Marine Lab are spearheading a collection to replenish supplies and provide holiday gifts for the kids of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Beaufort and Morehead City.

Please visit this page on the Nicholas School website for more information about how you can help:

Thank you!

An Anesthesiology Resident Flies Supplies with Operation Airdrop

Dr. John McManigle Jr., an anesthesiology resident and licensed pilot contributed to relief efforts in a unique way — through Operation Airdrop. Read about his experience flying supplies to residents who were impacted by Hurricane Florence in this post on the Anesthesiology Department website.



“Food for Fines” benefit hosted by Duke Libraries

In partnership with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, the Duke libraries will forgive $1 for every unopened, unexpired and non-perishable food item donated during their “Food for Fines” drive.

The drive runs from October 10 through the 26th and the Duke libraries will forgive up to $25 worth of fines.

No fines? No problem! Anyone can donate to the drive. Read more about it on the Libraries’ blog, and thank you for your support.

Undergraduate Admissions Extends Early Decision Deadline for Students Affected by Michael

Duke Undergraduate Admissions announced today they will extend the early decision deadline for students across the Southeast who were affected by Hurricane Michael.

The news was distributed to students and counselors in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Students who were impacted by Hurricane Florence have already received the same extension. You can read the full announcement on Duke Today.

Student volunteers clean up after Hurricane Florence

Student volunteers from the Trinity School of Arts & Sciences, the Graduate School, the School of Nursing, the Fuqua School of Business, the Pratt School of Engineering, the Duke Divinity School, and the Nicholas School worked together for two days to help with hurricane relief.

Read the whole story and see images from their experience on the Nicholas School website.

The trip was organized by Elaine Madison, director of Duke’s Community Services Center, and Nancy Kelly, director of community engagement and events at the Nicholas School,  in cooperation with Elizabeth Demattia, director of the Marine Lab’s Community Science Program, Rachel Lo Piccolo, PhD program coordinator at the lab, and other staff members at the Nicholas School, Marine Lab and Duke Community Services Center. It was sponsored by the Office of President Vincent E. Price.

Divinity School Community Work Days

Duke Divinity School will sponsor a Hurricane Florence relief effort in which a work team of volunteers from the Divinity community will go to a site in Fayetteville, N.C. to assist with clean-up efforts on two separate Saturdays in October.

Divinity students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in one or both of the work days on Oct. 13 and Oct. 27 at a site selected by the N.C. United Methodist Church Emergency Response Team. The project is being coordinated by Bishop William Willimon, professor of the practice of Christian ministry at the Divinity School. Participation is limited to the Divinity School community.

More information is available on the Divinity School website.

Relief Drive for Animal Shelters

The Weekend Executive MBA Class of 2019 is sponsoring a drive to collect supplies for animal rescues and shelters affected by Hurricane Florence.

Donations will be collected on Sept 28 and Oct 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the JB Duke Hotel in the Jeffries Family Meeting Room located at 230 Science Drive.

Donation suggestions include:

  • towels
  • blankets (gently used or new)
  • paper towels
  • laundry detergent
  • Dawn dish soap
  • dog or cat toys
  • treats
  • pet shampoo and conditioner
  • brushes
  • nail clippers
  • crates
  • plastic pet carriers
  • collars and leashes of all sizes
  • beds
  • puppy pads
  • dry or wet food

Please package small or loose items in bags for drop off.

Please contact Marina Jackman at 203-313-2020 with questions. Thank you for your support!

Hurricane Relief: Sign up for Fall Break Volunteer Trips

The message below was sent to students

Dear students,

Many thanks to all of you who have reached out to express your desire to help those in need recover from Hurricane Florence. While Durham was spared from much of the impact of the storm, many communities in North Carolina were not so lucky. Your dedication to supporting our neighbors across the state is wonderful to see.

Plans are coming together for student volunteer trips to Carteret County over Fall Break. Currently, plans are in place for two disaster relief trips, to be held Saturday, October 6, and Sunday, October 7. We have room for approximately 30 students (undergraduate or graduate) per trip. During the trips, students will coordinate with the local Boys and Girls Club on service activities such as yardwork, debris removal, cleaning, painting, or moving furniture and other items. All volunteers will receive orientation and safety instruction.

Interested students can find out more and sign up now using this online Qualtrics survey: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0f7fKQGEEQKPRcN

The deadline to complete your registration is Wednesday, October 3, at 9 a.m. Spaces for volunteers will be assigned on a first come, first served basis, and all volunteers must sign a liability waiver. If the maximum number of volunteer slots for each day is reached before that time, the Qualtrics application survey will close for additional submissions. We are continuing to explore ways to help and will be sure communicate any additional volunteer opportunities as well.

I want to again acknowledge Elaine Madison, Director of the Community Services Center and Nancy Kelly, Director of Community Engagement and Events for the Nicholas School, for co-chairing Duke’s relief planning events. You can find more information on ways to support our broader community on Duke’s website: https://spotlight.duke.edu/relief-efforts/

Thanks for all the ways you are able to contribute.

Larry Moneta

Update 1: These trips are made possible with funding from the Office of President Vincent E. Price

Update 2: A story about these relief effort trips has been posted to the Nicholas School website. 

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