2017 Hurricane & Disaster Relief

Wake Forest University offers its support to students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff who have loved ones in the areas affected by the recent hurricanes and wildfires.

Messages from President Hatch

Wake Forest-related efforts

Prayers of the People: In response to the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria – especially on the communities most vulnerable to their winds, the violence in Las Vegas, and the mournful events happening worldwide, the Office of the Chaplain is hosting “The Prayers of the People: Praying with our feet,” on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, on Hearn Plaza.

The rending of fabric is an act of mourning in the Jewish tradition. Participants are invited to select a piece of torn fabric, walk Hearn Plaza in contemplation, prayer, or reflection, and tie their fabric to the peace pole as a commitment to pursue peace for all people.

“The Prayers of The People” will span 11 a.m.–2 p.m. The Carillon will mark the hour at noon inviting all to pause and consider the world around them. Words of comfort and encouragement will follow as will prayers from different traditions. All are welcomed to join or to continue their walk. In addition, Wait Chapel will be open all day for quiet reflection.

Blood Drive: In support of Pro Humanitate, the CLC will sponsor a Blood Drive on Oct. 3 from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Farrell Hall’s Bern Beatty Colloquium. We are partnering with the Red Cross to offer support to hurricane victims. Please join The Demon Deacon, Chick-Fil-A cow, and Briana Conner (anchor/reporter from WXII) as we help support those in need. Here’s how you can help: 1) Our greatest need is blood donors. Follow this link to sign up to give blood. Click the red arrow to access the sign-up page. 2) Volunteers are also needed to help run the canteen for those who have given blood. Sign up here. 3) If you are unable to give that day but would like to give funds to the Red Cross, click here. Contact Dawn Ruble at rublekd@nullwfu.edu or call 758-4855 for more information.

WFU Hurricane Relief Gift Card Drive: In the spirit of Pro Humanitate, during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, WFU will be collecting $25 VISA/MC gift cards. These cards will be sent to vetted relief agencies who will use the cards to supply the unmet needs of hurricane survivors. There will be a designated collection area in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall on Friday, Sept. 15, of Homecoming weekend. Read more about this program here »

Building Bridges with Britches: The School of Divinity is collecting new underwear, diapers, and socks for children, men, and women (any and all sizes). Donation drop-off locations will be in Wingate Hall 108 and the Lower Auditorium through the month of September. The school’s collaboration partner in Houston is Laura Mayo (MDiv’ 03), senior minister of Covenant Church (an ecumenical, Liberal Baptist congregation born in 1965 out of the ferment of two movements of the time: church renewal and civil rights; affiliated with The Alliance of Baptists and The American Baptist Churches, USA.).

Allied Health Student Association: From Sept. 4-8, collecting the following items: diapers, pads/tampons, deodorant, new packs of underwear, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, cleaning supplies. Donation boxes can be found in Benson near the information desk, Student Engagement office (335) and Intercultural Center (346).

School of Business: The “Get Behind Texas” effort is collecting baby and adult diapers, pullups, wipes and formula to benefit the Texas Diaper Bank. Donations can be dropped off in the Student Engagement Suite in the Business School through Sept. 8.

Athletics: The Wake Forest basketball team and baseball team have donated shirts and shoes to help those in the Houston area.

Other ways to help

“Don’t forget about the islands:” Former Wake Forest star Tim Duncan makes a plea for the U.S. Virgin Islands, and tells you how to donate in this article.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has teamed up with the Greater Houston Community Foundation to open a fund to accept tax-deductible cash donations for victims that have been affected by the flooding. You can donate to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund here.

Other Harvey Relief Efforts: See a list of options here »

Campus Resources

The University is prepared to provide assistance to those who need assistance coping with disasters:

University Counseling Center (336.758.5273)
Campus Ministries (336.758.5248)
Office of the Dean of Students (336.758.5226)

Parents: Office of Family Engagement
Alumni: Office of Alumni Engagement

WFU Donation Option

Wake Foresters also can donate to the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund, which is used to help faculty, staff and students in need. Contact Rev. Tim Auman at aumantl@nullwfu.edu or 336.758.5017.

Mobile Giving

The Mobile Giving Foundation has launched a text messaging campaign for micro-donations, and the four major U.S. mobile carriers, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-mobile, have waived text messaging fees for donations. To text your support:

» Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10.00 on behalf of Red Cross
» Text HURRICANE to 20222 to donate $25.00 on behalf of Save the Children

Blood drives

The American Red Cross’ Blood Supply Centers are reporting a shortfall of supply. Set up an appointment to donate blood by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visiting redcrossblood.org.

Relief organizations

For a list of major relief organizations and how to contact them, visit this page.