Duke students volunteer to pack meals for Stop Hunger Now

Relief Efforts for Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian has severely impacted parts of Florida leaving behind devastation and destruction. Below are suggestions on how to support those affected by Hurricane Ian:  

Collaboratory, formerly known as Southwest Florida Community Foundation, along with the United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades have created the “SWFL Emergency Relief Fund” to support SWFL nonprofits helping people affected by Hurricane Ian.

Feeding Tampa Bay, part of the national Feeding America network, is providing  Disaster Relief packages that include food, water, and hygiene products to those affected by Hurricane Ian. Learn more here

The American Red Cross has set up a donation page to support victims of Hurricane Ian.

World Central Kitchen, a humanitarian global relief organization, is providing fresh meals in Florida. Learn more how to support their efforts here.

Team Rubicon is a veteran-led humanitarian organization that serves global communities before, during, and after disasters and crises. They provide route clearance and emergency relief after a major hurricane makes landfall. Donate here

Support for Ukraine

United Help Ukraine: This organization provides medical aid to those Ukrainians injured in the war; runs clothing drives to send to those who have lost loved ones in the war; and raises funds for wounded warriors and the families of wounded and killed warriors.  Info: unitedhelpukraine.org

Razom for Ukraine:  “Razom” means together in Ukrainian, and the organization bearing this name supports many important projects – perhaps foremost, buying and delivering tactical medicine items, hospital supplies, and tech-enabled emergency response supplies to the people in war-torn Ukraine. Check out their website for information about their educational scholarships and job training for veterans, support for neurosurgery training, and toy drives for children. Inforazomforukraine.org

Alight: Alight has a rapid response team in Poland helping Ukrainians headed there. “If Ukrainian families can’t go home, Alight will help them to find peace and safety wherever they shelter,” Alight CEO Jocelyn Wyatt said via a press release. “We’re listening to what they need right now, and we’re working to make sure they have all the essentials.” Infowearealight.org

Baptists on Mission: The NC-based group has long worked with Ukrainian groups, including in the Carpathian region since 2008 with the Roma Partnership. The groups are providing temporary housing for displaced families and food and supplies to families in Ukraine. Baptists on Mission is accepting monetary donations so that they can supply non-perishable food, toiletries, sleeping bags, mattresses, blankets and other essential needs for temporary housing. Give online at baptistsonmission.org/ukraine-crisis/donations or by check: Baptists on Mission, P. O. Box 1107, Cary, NC 27512. Memo: Ukraine Crisis

CARE: CARE is working with People In Need as their local European partner. “Give now to rush urgently needed water, food, hygiene kits, and ongoing support in Ukraine,” the website says. Info: care.org and peopleinneed.net

Doctors Without Borders: “Access to health care remains limited for people living along the contact line of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which has been ongoing since 2014,” the website says. Doctors Without Borders provides physical care, focusing on HIV and COVID treatment and prevention, and basic mental health care is offered to patients, too. Info: doctorswithoutborders.org

Nova Ukraine: This is a nonprofit organization “dedicated to raising awareness about Ukraine in the US and throughout the world and providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine,” the website says. Along with monetary donations, this organization is also asking for people to volunteer their time with projects like creating infographics and fundraisers. Info: novaukraine.org

The Ukrainian Red Cross: “All funds will be used to help those in need, affected by armed conflict, blood collection, mobilization of volunteers and resources, and emergency activities,” the website says. Info: redcross.org.ua/en/donate

UNICEF: “UNICEF is deeply concerned that intensifying hostilities in Ukraine pose an immediate threat to the lives and wellbeing of the country’s 7.5 million children,” Executive Director Catherine M. Russell said through a spokesperson. UNICEF is working with partners to reach vulnerable children and families with essential services – including health, education, protection, water and sanitation – as well as life-saving supplies. Info: unicefusa.org/helpukraine

UNHCR: The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is also known as the UN Refugee Agency. “You can help ensure that families fleeing violence around the world know they are not alone at the most devastating moment of their lives,” the website says. Info: give.unrefugees.org

Relief After Boulder County Wildfires

In the last days of 2021, the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history swept through the Boulder area. Called the Marshall fire, damage estimates stand at over $500 million. It destroyed upwards of 1,000 houses, including the home of two Duke Physician Assistant Program alumni

According to Denver news sources relief efforts are being spearheaded by the following organizations:

Colorado Responds

Jewish Colorado

Community Foundation Boulder County

Visit Denver7 News and 9News Denver for other ways to help.

Relief for Midwest after Tornadoes

This past weekend, tornadoes devastated communities in Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. Individuals and organizations are working to meet the immediate needs in communities across multiple states. One way to support the response and recovery is by contributing to the efforts of relief organizations.

Here are just a few of the organizations mobilizing a response:  

Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland is raising funds to help provide people with ready to eat meals.

CARE is collecting money to provide food, cash and clean water to the tornado victims.

The United Way of Kentucky is asking for donations to provide support services for families in the state who were affected by the tornadoes.

Ways to Help

As the Duke community comes together for the start of the academic year, we want to offer possibilities for how we can contribute to relief and recovery efforts in communities around the globe devastated by natural and human-made disasters.

For those seeking ways to respond to these humanitarian crises, we have compiled this list of organizations who are mobilizing responses:

Afghan Refugee Relief:

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants: Supports individuals and families who are recovering from crisis including forced or voluntary migration.

Church World Services: Provides resettlement assistance to refugees through a national network and support for housing, legal assistance, medical care, school enrollment and community sponsorship.

International Rescue Committee: Works in Afghanistan across three decades of crisis to provide millions of people with shelter, education, clean water, health support and other aid.

Learn more about Duke’s efforts to assist in refugee resettlement.

Hurricane Ida Relief:

Red Cross: Mobilizes trained disaster workers and supplies for those impacted by Hurricane Ida.

Second Harvest Food Bank: Prepares food boxes and water for those in need.

United Way of Southeast Louisianacollects donations for a relief fund to rebuild and provide long-term assistance, including community grants.

Haiti Earthquake Relief:

International Red Cross: Works with partners in Haiti and the Dominican Republic to support the Haitian Red Cross in securing food, supplies and physicians for affected regions.

Direct Relief: Supports relief and recovery efforts related to the Haiti Earthquake and has worked with Haitian communities since 2010 to support medical facilities and health care partners

UNICEF: Focuses on keeping children healthy and safe in the aftermath of the hurricane

California Wildfire Relief:

Red Cross: Provides food, shelter and relief supplies to people affected by fires.

California Association of Food Banks: Local food banks across California are provide meals to communities affected by wildfires.

California Community Foundation: The Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund supports relief and recovery efforts for communities affected by wildfires.

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
President

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:
https://nicholas.duke.edu/about/events/help-holidays-supply-and-holiday-gifts-drive-boys-girls-club-carteret-county

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.

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