If you are feeling called to assist after a natural disaster we are here to help you turn those feelings into action!
Here are a few ways you can respond right now:
- GET INFORMED - Get educated on what the disaster needs are through new broadcasts and media coverage. Emergency responders will quickly share what is needed and what is not. If you are close enough to volunteer, do not show up to volunteer uninvited. One major issue that occurs after disasters is an influx of untrained volunteers. Your presence may interfere with recovery efforts and distract responders. Once you learn what the needs are, there are several ways you can help:
- Hold a collection drive for needed items
- Reach out to relief agencies
- Host a fundraiser to support relief efforts & survivors
- Form a support group
- Develop an awareness event
- Donate Blood or Bring a Blood Drive on Campus
- GIVE - Donating money is the most flexible and versatile resource you can provide during a disaster. Financial resources allow organizations to fund response and recovery efforts, obtain goods and services locally, and provide direct financial assistance to disaster survivors to meet their own specific needs. Unsolicited donated goods require agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors. Check out the following list of support relief agencies that are responding directly to disasters as possible locations for your financial donation:
- American Red Cross
- Salvation Army
- United Way
- You can also search for local programs by searching the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
- TRAIN - If you want to be more hands-on, consider training to become a disaster response volunteer. Research programs that can help you learn valuable skills, knowledge, and protocol so that agencies can deploy you to help when disasters occur.
The TXWES Food Pantry offers food to the entire Ramily in times of need and hunger. We are open to accepting donations and are in need of volunteers for the Fall semester - an hour a week on a regular basis would be a great help, as we can only open when volunteers man the room. The reason for the Food Pantry is to ensure that no member of Texas Wesleyan, be they student, staff, or faculty go hungry. A symptom of hunger is tiredness and lack of motivation. Professors need you alert, and they need to be alert themselves in order to be able to function properly. Please feel free to stop by the Food Pantry on the first floor of the Polytechnic United Methodist Church and visit with our volunteers.
The purpose of the student development fund is to promote the personal and professional development of students and student groups. Funds may be used to but not limited to defer the cost of a variety of event expenses, conference registration, and travel.
Applications are reviewed for eligibility during fall and spring semesters only. Submissions are closed during the summer and will reopen at the start of the fall semester.
You can learn the specifics about the program here.