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BSC offers support to campus community and those affected by storms

While Birmingham-Southern College is fortunate that it did not suffer any significant damage during the violent storms of April 27, 2011, the campus community is offering support for any students, faculty, and staff, and their families, who may have been affected, as well as opportunities to assist in the relief efforts.

The information on this page will be updated as necessary.

May 2, 2011

An update form the Bunting Center:

Campus Community,

As we continue to understand the impact of storm damage in our area, the College is committed to effective response, both immediately and in the long-term.  The opportunities for assistance are many.  In an effort to provide timely volunteer and donation information the Bunting Center will begin posting relief effort updates on our facebook page.  The needs and the requests are changing rapidly and no one needs more email.  You can join the facebook group here

Currently, there are several options available to volunteers. Hands on Birmingham can connect you to organizations such as the Pratt City Distribution Center, Christian Service Mission, and the Salvation Army.  BSC student Mandy Wright can connect you with a Red Cross feeding center.  These and other opportunities are explained in greater detail on the Facebook page.  If you plan to volunteer, please register first.  And, please consider wearing a BSC t-shirt or hat if you have one.

We will continue to collect the following donations on the 2nd floor of the Norton Student Center:

  • Water (water bottle, jugs, etc.)
  • Food (non perishables)
  • Any type of personal care products (soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, wipes etc.)
  • Feminine care products
  • Clothing (tshirts, pants, undergarments, socks)

If you are interested in helping deliver these to distribution centers, please let me know. We've just delivered two truckloads of supplies to relief organizations, and plan to make similar trips throughout the week.  $10 donations may also be made by texting REDCROSS to 90999, and you can donate blood at several centers throughout Birmingham.

As we all know, relief efforts will continue well into the future.  We are planning work projects for summer and fall.  There is great need right now; however, in the immediate aftermath there are many citizens eager to help.  As we focus on the end of the semester, we hope to work with our neighbors both now and in the coming weeks, months and years of the recovery process

April 28, 2011

Birmingham-Southern College president Gen. Charles C. Krulak issued this message of thankfulness and support to the campus community today.

Campus Community,

Our physical campus is very fortunate.  In the wake of yesterday’s storms, we did not receive any significant damage to our buildings and grounds.  But a college, and especially a college community such as Birmingham-Southern, consists of much more than its classrooms, its athletics fields, and its student center.  The true soul of a college is found in its people.  I am most thankful today that the storms did not directly hit our campus nor those who occupied it during the most dangerous periods.

However, our local community and our state and region were not so fortunate.  There has been great loss of life and damage across a wide area, and our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone—maybe even some of you included—who has suffered a loss or is experiencing a difficult time.

Please know that your BSC community is always here for you in times of need.  All you need to do is let us know if you need assistance of any kind because of the widespread devastation from yesterday.  Our Counseling Center is available to assist, and they have already provided you with information on ways in which they can help.  We have many other resources on our campus as well, and they can point you in the right direction.  Please call them at 226-4717.

If you simply want to reach out to others with assistance, the Bunting Center for Engaged Study and Community Action has offered up some ways in which you can play an important role in the recovery including monetary donations to assisting agencies, food donations, water conservation, and other efforts.  Please call them at 226-4720.

As always, please be safe and remember to not only take care of yourselves, but others as well.

General Krulak

In addition, the Bunting Center for Engaged Study and Community Action is offering the campus community various ways in which to assist with relief efforts.  The Bunting Center offered the following information today.  The center can be reached at 205-226-4720.

Campus Community,

Many have inquired about ways to assist in the clean up and relief efforts following the storms across the state.  In the first days following a disaster of this magnitude, monetary donations are the most efficient way to make an impact.  A $10 donation can be made to the Birmingham Chapter of the Red Cross by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999.  Or you can donate to the United Methodist Committee on Relief here.

In addition, beginning this afternoon on the 2nd floor of the Norton Student Center, we will be collecting the following items to be distributed to the affected areas: 

  • Water (water bottle, jugs, etc.)
  • Food (non perishables)
  • Any type of personal care products (soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, wipes etc.)
  • Feminine care products
  • Clothing (T-shirts, pants, undergarments, socks)

We are working with local organizations who will be collecting these items and have asked for volunteers to help sort and package them.  Contact Tracy Hipps (Christian Service Mission) at 252-9906 or Alia Carter (Mission Birmingham) at 202-6002 to volunteer.

Additionally, you can sign up through Hands on Birmingham, which is coordinating multiple volunteer response teams.

There are opportunities for departments, offices, suites, residence halls, and organizations to participate as a group in these efforts.  For example, your department could pool funds to purchase cases of bottled water, your hall could hold a clothing drive, or your club could volunteer to sort and package items at the Christian Service Mission. 

Feel free to contact me or anyone in the Bunting Center with questions or help connecting your campus group to local volunteer opportunities. 

Thank you for being a part of the caring community that is Birmingham-Southern!

Kristin Harper
Director
Bunting Center for Engaged Study and Community Action

Also, the college’s Counseling and Health Services offices are available to provide support for those on campus, especially students, who may have been affected by the tragic events of April 27 or just need help dealing with the severity of the situation.  Those offices can reached at 205-226-4717.

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