Higher Ed Reaches Out to Haiti

Since the tragic Haiti earthquake occurred, colleges and universities across the country have demonstrated incredible generosity and creativity.

Here are several inspiring examples

Anna Maria College (MA)

Using the idea started by Chris Faddis on the CRS Facebook site, this week, students have been signing up to give up one meal from their meal plan to “Fast For Haiti” on Thursday January 28, 2010. Sodexho, who runs our food services, has agreed to give $2 for every meal that a student gives up and the college is matching that gift. Each student who has signed up to Fast for Haiti will get a blue and red ribbon, sticker that says they are Fasting for Haiti and a prayer card to read for the day. In addition to this, we are having a table at our basketball games on January 28 and January 30 to collect money for the Haitian people. We do not charge admission to the games so the hope is that people will be generous. They too will receive a ribbon for their donation. Finally, the faculty and staff have been challenged to make personal donations. All the money that we raise by February 1 will be donated to Catholic Relief Services through the AMC Haitian Relief Fund.

We also held a prayer service on January 15, the week before students returned to campus with our Faculty, Staff, Administration and Resident Assistants offering prayer for the people of Haiti. Our first daily Mass celebrated on January 19th was dedicated to the people of Haiti in particular those who have died and on January 27, 2010 our official opening Mass of the semester was dedicated not just to a new year and academics but also for extra prayers and support for the people of Haiti.

Anna Maria College has been affected by the earthquake in Haiti because our founding order, the Sisters of St. Anne have a province in Haiti. The Sisters have been displaced, their schools destroyed and one sister has even lost her life. In the future we are planning to assist them directly but in the mean time, we know that emergency aid is necessary for the people of Haiti to be able to survive and we know that Catholic Relief Services is already providing that assistance which is why we have decided that all fundraising during this crisis period be given to CRS. -Maria Bari, Director of Campus Ministry

Assumption College (MA)

As a long-time supporter of CRS and a campus minister at Assumption College (Worcester, MA), I wanted to let you know that Assumption College has coordinated a fundraising effort that began today and will extend through Saturday. All the money we raise will be donated to Catholic Relief Services relief efforts in Haiti.

Thursday & Friday, January 21 and 22 ~ Student leaders will be present at the info booth in Hagan collecting donations for relief efforts in Haiti. Red bracelets with a blue bead (colors of the Haitian flag) will be distributed to anyone who makes a donation. All are encouraged to wear the bracelets as an expression of solidarity with the people of Haiti. All checks may be payable to Assumption College (memo line: Haiti).

Friday, January 22 ~ All members of the Assumption College community are invited to wear red to express solidarity with the people of Haiti. In addition, Sodexho will donate all cash payments for lunch in Taylor to Catholic Relief Services in support of the Haiti relief efforts! You may also give up your meal plan lunch by having your card swiped for relief efforts instead.

Saturday, January 23 ~ At the womens and mens basketball games (1:30 & 3:30, respectively, in the Laska Gym), proceeds from the 50/50 raffle will be donated entirely to Catholic Relief Services. Hounds for Haiti t-shirts will also be available (minimum donation, $5) in the lobby of Laska, beginning at half-time of the womens game.

Finally, on Monday, January 25, Campus Ministry will offer a prayer service at 12 noon to remember the people of Haiti and to continue to pray for those who have perished, those assisting in rescue and recovery effors, and family members of victims who continue to mourn the loss of loved ones.

Here are some FaceBook photos from the events:

Many thanks for all of your hard work and undying efforts throughout the world, but especially in Haiti at this most tragic time in the country’s history. -Stephanie McCaffrey, Assistant Director of Campus Ministry

Barry University

Barry University has over 150 Haitian students and many Haitian faculty and staff. We were strongly affected as a community by the earthquake and have taken measures to be present to all of those members of our university who experienced a personal sense of loss. We put together an all night vigil for Haiti that spurred the hearts of all in attendance and instilled hope for the future. Currently we are collecting donations all across the campus and collaborating with Notre Dame D’Haiti as well as Food for the Poor to get much needed food and medical supplies to the island. Thank you and let us continue to pray for Haiti, -Steffano Montano, Coordinator, De Porres Center for Community Service

Boston College (MA)

At the school’s home hockey game against Boston University last Friday, BC raised $4,700 in donations from fans that will be donated to Catholic Relief Services, Dan Ponsetto, director of BC’s Volunteer Service Learning Center.

Cabrini College (PA)

Typically, as a non-profit broadcaster, WYBF-FM (Cabrini Colleges radio station) is not allowed to fundraise for other entities. After the earthquake in Haiti, the FCC lifted restrictions and is allowing non-profit broadcasters to petition to fundraise for any recognized organization who is helping Haiti. As Cabrini College has deep partnerships with CRS, it was a natural inclination for us to join forces and have all of the money we raise go to CRS.

This Monday, February 1 has been declared Broadcasters for Haiti Day by the National Association of Broadcasters. As part of that effort, WYBF will be hosting a 24-hour live broadcasting event on Cabrini Colleges campus called, Streaming Hope For Haiti. From 8am Monday morning to 8am Tuesday morning, we will be broadcasting from various locations on Cabrinis campus in order to raise funds. We will be selling t-shirts for $10, accepting donations on CRSs behalf, hosting a silent auction, engaging in a Hoops For Haiti donation program at basketball games, and hosting a late night Dance for Haiti event, just to name a few of the hours! Students will be taking shifts broadcasting through the night encouraging our listeners to donate to CRS and support Haitian relief efforts. WYBF is also working with CRS and local Haitian families to record informational messages about the devastation in Haiti.

The entire Cabrini College community has gotten behind Streaming Hope for Haiti and many organizations on campus are helping to make this happen. WYBF has also gotten great responses from local businesses willing to donate in-kind items to be included in our silent auction. This support is allowing 100% of the money collected to go directly to CRS! We are hoping to make this a very successful event for CRS and the Haitian Relief Efforts! –Heather Fullerton, General Manager, 89.1 WYBF-FM, The Burn!

Center for Justice and Peace at St. Thomas University (FL)

As most of you know weve been strongly impacted by the recent events in Haiti. Besides our long-term development projects in the Diocese of Port-de-Paix (supported by CRS), we have many, many Haitian American students who have lost their family, and quite a few students who were in the earthquake itself, and are just now arriving back in Miami Pray for everyone in Haiti, and the Haitian-American community in Miami Its a hard timeOf course we are also so inspired by the hope and dedication of the Haitian community through this crisis And by those like yourselves who are working for a better world.

As they say in Creole: Kembe fem, pa lage. (Hold strong, dont let go.) -Anthony P. Vinciguerra, Director

La Roche College (PA)

La Roche College has been very active in Haiti relief services as one of our Professors, Dr. Roberta Hartman, is part of a mission in Haiti sponsored by her ChurchShe will be leaving shortly to go down and join the recovery efforts. We had a special collection at our Masses and today are hosting a bake sale and spaghetti dinner with all proceeds going to help the efforts in Haiti. These projects were a collaborative effort of our Campus Ministry, Student Government and residence Life Staff. So far, we have raised close to $3000 and the dinner is yet to come. I will keep you posted on our continued efforts. Thanks for all that you and the great CRS staff are doing for this important cause. Fr. Peter Horton, Campus Minister

Lewis University (IL)

At Lewis University a number of activities have been coordinated in support of the relief efforts in Haiti, education on the situation, and pondering how to promote ongoing justice in the area beyond the immediate outpouring of charity. Concretely this means the following: a committee of faculty, staff, and students has been formed; we are raising funds as a university which will be donated to the CRS Haiti relief fund; in addition the president of our university is putting together a “challenge grant” to encourage fundraising; this Tuesday we held a prayer service in remembrance of the victims titles “Lespwa pou Ayiti Hope for Haiti”; and, I think most importantly, we are starting a campaign called “Tuesdays for Haiti” in which we are asking our various student groups to take a Tuesday and plan either a fundraiser, service project, or informational session that connects to the situation.

We hope this will keep Haiti in the forefront of our student’s minds even after the story leaves the front pages of our newspaper. In the long term we are looking at how we can be supportive of the rebuilding process, and are looking particularly at showing that support via the existing Christian Brothers schools in the region. -Adam Setmeyer, University Minister -Coordinator of Retreats and Social Justice Education

Loyola Marymount University (CA)

Loyola Marymount University has organized several programs to support Haiti in their time of crisis. Each Tuesday and Thursday until Spring Break, various student groups are staffing a table to raise funds and awareness for Haiti. Our student government, ASLMU, is working in collaboration with Sodexo and the Center for Service and Action to hold a dinner featuring Haitian food with all proceeds going to support CRS and Partners in Health. Our Athletic Department is promoting the Shoes for Soles program with the goal of collecting 3,000 pairs of shoes that will be sent to Haiti. In the future, we plan to offer Alternative Break trips to Haiti to continue the reconstruction work. Our hearts go out to the people of Haiti. We are confident in CRSs ability to support the people of Haiti as they begin to rebuild. Pam Rector, Director, Center for Service and Action

St. Michael’s College (VT)

After a generous $10,000.00 donation to CRS by the Society of Saint Edmund, the founders of Saint Michael’s College, our college community has been challenged to match the Society’s donation in ten days ($10,000.00 in 10 days).

We held a prayer service last Friday for the victims, survivors, rescue workers, and all affected by the earthquake, and collected donations there. We have student volunteers “tabling” in our student center, asking those that walk by to donate. A Requiem Mass and sacred music concert is planned for Saturday, January 23rd, and an invitation is out to the community. Donations will be collected. – Jason Moore, Assistant Director of Edmundite Campus Ministry

I am pleased to announce that our campus community has exceeded the Edmundite $10,000 challenge announced January 15 in the ten day time frame proposed. The total to date raised is $33,574!! Below is a breakdown of the effort with an attached letter to Catholic Relief Services.

Thank you for all your support and generosity. We still have work to do so please keep up your individual efforts and prayers for the people of Haiti. Various administrators and student leaders will continue to monitor further opportunities to help relief efforts in both the short term as well as the long term as developments unfold. Thanks again for your assistance. –Fr. Brian J. Cummings, S.S.E., Director of Edmundite Campus Ministry

St. Norbert College (WI)

The Peace and Justice Center has been asked to coordinate responses from St. Norbert College to the humanitarian crisis in Haiti. As students returned to campus for the spring semester, we began a multifaceted fund raising campaign for Catholic Relief Services.

Through campus-wide announcements and advertising, we have encouraged the St. Norbert community to make donations through the CRS website, by texting RELIEF to 25383, or by participating in the Hearts for Haiti campaign at Eds, the coffee shop in the Miriam B. and James J. Mulva Library. When customers make a donation of cash or SNC custom cash at Eds, they are given a paper heart to write on and post on the window. The windows are nearly covered with paper hearts, with all proceeds going to CRS.

This weekend Delta Phi Epsilon and the Office of Student Affairs are sponsoring Party with a Purpose: Boogie for Haiti, a dance party in Schuldes Sports Center to benefit CRS efforts in Haiti.

Many students have asked about the possibility of a service trip, perhaps over spring break. We have decided not to schedule such a trip, as the organizations on the ground have no immediate need for unskilled labor. While we remain hopeful for the possibility that some of us may eventually go, we will wait until we can be of genuine assistance and not get in the way.

Finally, as a Catholic liberal arts college in the Norbertine tradition, we continue to seek peace and security in places like Haiti by continuing our work of creating awareness, seeking understanding, and pursuing reconciliation. Pleased to collaborate with you all,- Robert A. Pyne, Th.D.,Director, Peace and Justice Center

St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center at Minnesota State UniversitY (MN)

On February 2 as part of our Catholic Mavs Week, we are sponsoring Kids Against Hunger in our Student Union. We are also helping with a Valentines Day Dinner providing wait staff for a black tie event that will be held to raise money for Haiti. Blessings in your ministry! -Fr. Tim Biren, Director

Seattle University (WA)

We have formed a committee here and have asked students, staff and faculty to donate to CRS and Jesuit Refugee Services. We are also having a forum on Haiti this week from a local man who is from Haiti and who also owns a bar. There will be two more speakers– Janet Quillian, Dr. PH, Director of International Development Internship Program

(Also at SU) Seattle University Hoops for Haiti: Raise Funds to Help Haiti Rebuild. Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 7:10pm, with this special voucher attached you can purchase a ticket for only $10 to the SU Men’s basketball game vs. Cal. State Bakersfield. 100% of ticketing revenue from this offer will be donated by Seattle University to Catholic Relief Services for their rebuilding efforts in Haiti. Join us for a night of great Seattle University Redhawk basketball and in supporting Catholic Relief Services.

University of Detroit Mercy (MI)

I wanted to be in touch with you about what we are doing here at the University of Detroit Mercy. Through the University Ministry office, homemade blue and red ribbons signifying the colors of the Haitian flag, were made and were distributed throughout the university community. Donations for the ribbons have exceeded $500 as donations continue to increase. A bake sale was also held to raise money in support of the relief efforts. We continue to hold the nation of Haiti in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for all of your support. –Andrew Carrell, University Ministry-UDM

University of Notre Dame (IN)

Fundraising efforts held in conjunction with two University of Notre Dame home basketball games have resulted in more than $250,000 in donations that will go toward relief efforts in Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that hit the island nation on Jan. 12.

Through the generosity of fans and alumni, as well as contributions from the University and the Notre Dame Monogram Club, the money was raised at the men’s and women’s basketball games that were played Jan. 23 and 24, respectively, in the Joyce Center.

Notre Dame donated full gate receipts and net concession revenue from both games to the relief effort. In addition, a collection organized by the Notre Dame Student-Athlete Advisory Council raised more than $25,000 from fans and alumni who contributed during the games. The Monogram Club added a $10,000 matching gift to the student total.

Money raised will benefit short-term needs and long-term rebuilding efforts in Haiti and will be distributed to the Notre Dame Haiti Program, which works to eradicate the debilitating mosquito-borne disease lymphatic filariasis; the Congregation of Holy Cross, which has served in Haiti since 1944 and was heavily affected by the earthquake; and Catholic Relief Services, the international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. -

University of San Diego (CA)

Here is a list of activities/programs at the University of San Diego:

-A part of our university web site has been dedicated to Help for Haiti.
-A candlelight Mass was held to remember and pray for Haiti on January 27.
-During our biggest basketball game of the year (against rival Gonzaga) a collection was taken raising more than $1000 for CRS.
-The collections at the Sunday student liturgies for the first two weeks of the semester will be offered to Haiti relief and recovery efforts – one through CRS and the other through the RSCJ Community in Haiti.
-The School of Peace is collaborating with many departments around campus to sponsor a Benefit Concert for Haiti in early February.
-A USD grad student who used to work for CRS in Haiti is leading many of our efforts.

 -Michael Lovette-Colyer, Director of University Ministry

University of the Pacific (CA)

Today, we had a meeting at Newman House with several other people about Haiti. Weve decided to go forth with Pacific Fast for Haiti. The original idea is from; The site was featured on the CRS blog. The concept by the creator Chris Faddis is to choose one day of the week, fast 1 to 3 meals that day, and donate a suggested $5 per meal yourself. He chose to collect the donations and send them to CRS. We will be doing the same thing except for well directly send the money to CRS ourselves.

We are trying to make this a school and community effort, not just exclusively Newman Catholic Community, in order to raise awareness. We are in the process of promoting this and reaching out to the other school organizations and students. Because many organizations havent even started their meetings yet, the deadline for money collection will not be until Friday, February 12. We understand that this is quite far and that aid for Haiti is urgent, but it is a timeline that we feel all students can follow.

A blog will be set up at This will include information on the fast, CRS, the situation in Haiti, news articles, links, flyers, etc. The blog should be up by Saturday, January 23 at the latest. A Facebook event will also be up soon among other promotions. -Christine Vo, CRS Campus Associate

Villanova University (PA)

On January 13, the morning after the news of the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, the University Office of Mission and Ministry emailed an emergency broadcast message to the entire university community urging them to contribute to CRS relief efforts in Haiti. The email also provided a link to CRS Haiti blog for regular updates. Several deans from the schools and colleges across the university followed up by emailing their own faculty, students, and staff to respond generously to the appeal. Thus far, approximately $17,000 has been collected. In addition, Fr. Donohue, the university president, sent a similar email appeal to all Villanova alumni and friends.

Campus Ministry arranged for a special mass for the university community to pray for the suffering people of Haiti, and Campus Ministry interns held a special prayer service for Haiti in the residence halls on South Campus. Collections at the two Sunday, January 17 student masses were dedicated to CRS Haiti relief efforts. They netted approximately $3,500.

Creative fundraising initiatives by student organizations across campus to assist CRS Haiti relief efforts are ongoing. For example, last Sunday the Service Learning Community in just one hour raised $837 by holding a silent auction of items and services members put up for bid. They ranged from hand-painted mugs to tennis lessons, a room cleaning, piano lessons, someone to do your grocery shopping, a coffee with basketball coach Jay Wright and lunch with the university president. In addition, an acapella group on campus called Sirens sang five songs for a benefit concert.The group also created a powerful presentation with facts about Haiti before the earthquake and facts about the aftermath of the event in order to educate those individuals in the audience. -Sue Toton, Villanova University Faculty

Catholic Campus Ministry at Virginia Tech (VA)

I can imagine you are very busy with Haitian relief. We have a link on our Newman Center website for CRS. Every year we send students to work in Haiti over Spring Break. We work in the Diocese of Hinche through the Diocesan twinning relationships. This has been going for years. -Fr. John Grace, Campus Minister

Xavier University (OH)

Xavier University (Cincinnati) in the day following the earthquake sent out an invitation to all faculty, staff and students to support relief and reconstruction through Catholic Relief Services (we sent your URL); additionally, we advertised this invitation for several days on on intra-net. As well, we collected donations in several offices and have just this week sent a check. I am / we are big supporters of CRS and know you will stick around for the long haul and support development as well as relief. Money has been raised for other partners as well (PIH and JRS) but I am happy that CRS was our first invitation. Dave Johnson, Executive Director of Justice, Faith and Ministry Community Center

Other Wonderful Supporting Schools:

Catholic Campus Ministry at Florida Tech (FL)

Rice University and Texas Medical Center (TX)

Catholic University of America (DC)

Fordham University (NY)