Campus News

January 25, 2010

Helping Haiti

Hundreds of volunteers from throughout the University are pitching in to help with the Haiti relief effort, from sorting and packing medical supplies at the nonprofit MedShare International to signing up as French or Creole translators for potential refugees.

“I am grateful for the level of concern expressed by our community and encourage your continued prayers and support for our neighbors in Haiti,” President Jim Wagner said in a letter to the campus community. Wagner’s office has set up a Web page, “Compassion for Haiti,” with news and updates on the University’s ongoing involvement.

The Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response is serving as Emory’s central clearinghouse for volunteers. Those who would like to join a response activity are asked to e-mail CEPAR. “The outpouring of support has been enormously heartening,” said Alex Isakov, CEPAR executive director. “It is our hope to add value to Emory’s collective activities by ensuring that helpful connections are made and everyone’s awareness is heightened.”

Medical school students involved in Emory Medishare, a branch of the national nonprofit organization Project Medishare for Haiti Inc., will be heading to Haiti in April. Meanwhile, the group is planning a fundraiser Jan. 29 to benefit the earthquake victims.

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