SJU Students Organize to Aid Hurricane Harvey Victims
Thursday, September 7, 2017
by Chris Fastiggi '18
In the wake of the disaster that occurred in Texas last month, student organizations and other Hawks are banding together to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, the strongest hurricane to hit the United States since Hurricane Charley in 2004. With the help of SJU Campus Ministry, the Greek Leadership Team and Student Senate, Hawks for Harvey was formed to bring multiple student-run organizations together to create fundraising opportunities and to encourage the entire SJU community to support those impacted by Harvey.
For starters, the Student Senate ran a clothing drive, Campus Ministry collected monetary donations at Sunday Mass and the Greek Community is raising money on an online crowdsourcing page.
Alexandra Natale ’18, student body president, believes in the power of the Saint Joseph’s community.
“As a Jesuit institution, we promote the idea of being students with and for others,” she says. “Creating this campaign to engage full support from the entire SJU community shows that we are a strong force together, as one, and for others.”
The president of Lambda Chi Alpha, Tom Murphy ’18, helped kick off Greek involvement with Hawks for Harvey by setting up a GoFundMe page for victims. “The students of Saint Joseph's Greek community challenge not only the student community at SJU, but faculty, staff and friends to show how we represent the magis,” says Murphy.
The webpage on the popular crowdsourcing site has raised over $1,000 for charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston in Houston and Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston. The final goal is to raise $18,000 by September 24.
In the upcoming weeks, these student organizations will be seen on campus raising money and rallying students to help campaign for victims of Harvey. The GoFundMe page can be found at: https://www.gofundme.com/hawks-for-harvey-relief.
Coverage about more SJU fundraising efforts is forthcoming.