WVU has launched a wide range of campaigns to help those in need after the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Mountaineers are encouraged to get involved in one or more of the following ways.

Dollars for Disaster fundraising booths

Dollars for Disaster collection booths will be open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the following locations:

Mountainlair – Jan. 25, 26 & 27

Health Sciences, Pylon Lobby – Jan. 25, 26, 27, 28 & 29

Engineering Lobby – Jan. 28 & 29

Knapp Hall, First Floor – Jan. 25, 26 & 27 (Hosted by WVU Extension Service)

Coliseum, Blue Gate – Jan. 27 (Hosted by College of Physical Activity & Sport Sciences)

iRelief shoe collection

Dollars for Disaster booths are partnering with iRelief to collect footwear, one of the most needed items in Haiti. New or gently used shoes will be collected between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at these locations:

Mountainlair – Jan. 25, 26 & 27

Knapp Hall, First Floor – Jan. 25, 26 & 27 (Hosted by WVU Extension Service)

Coliseum, Blue Gate – Jan. 27 (Hosted by College of Physical Activity & Sport Sciences)

Haiti awareness ribbons

Haiti awareness ribbons are still available at the Dollars for Disaster booths, in the CCE offices in Stansbury Hall and in the student organizations offices in the Mountainlair.

Friendship bracelets

You can stop by any of the Dollars for Disaster booths to make a friendship bracelet for a Haitian in need. Each booth has the supplies needed to braid and assemble the bracelets.

Share your thoughts website

CCE has set up a website for those who want to share thoughts, condolences or feelings regarding this terrible natural disaster: http://dollarsfordisaster.wvu.edu

Comments left here will be compiled into a book to be submitted on behalf of WVU to the people of Haiti.

Donate online

If you can’t make it to the Dollars for Disaster collection sites, you may donate directly online through the Dollars for Disaster website: http://dollarsfordisaster.wvu.edu

There you will find links to donate directly to either Yele Haiti or the Red Cross International Relief Fund.

Donate by text

If you are unable to stop by any of the collection booths or are not near your computer, you can donate directly to Yele Haiti or the Red Cross International Relief Fund via text message:

Text YELE to 501501 to donate $5.00 directly to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund

Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10.00 directly to the Red Cross International Haiti Relief Fund

Charges will be billed directly to your monthly phone bill.

HAITI crisis care kits

The WVU Student Recreation Center is collecting items for HAITI crisis care kits. A drop-off station is located inside the Rec Center. Items in demand include:

• Medium size bottle of shampoo (12 to 18 oz.)
• Bars of Soap (bath size or larger)
• Toothpaste (4-6.4 oz.)
• Toothbrush
• Band-Aids
• Fingernail Clips
• Hair Comb
• Hand Towels
• Pocket Size facial tissues
• Beanie Baby-size stuffed toys

These small items will make a world of difference to those who receive them. For more information, contact Sherri Restauri (sherri.restauri@mail.wvu.edu).

Upcoming fundraising events

T-shirt sale, Feb. 4 & 5 inside the Mountainlair
The WVU Public Relations Student Society of America will be selling limited edition t-shirts on Feb. 4 and 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Mountainlair.

The t-shirts cost $10.00 and all proceeds will go to the relief efforts.

Contact Justin Hough (wvuprssa@gmail.com) for more information.

Candlelight vigil, Feb. 11 outside the Mountainlair
WVU Student’s for Haitian Sustainability will be holding a candlelight vigil on Feb. 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mountainlair Free Speech Zone as a way to honor the lives lost in the Haitian earthquake.

Group members will also be selling Haiti bracelets as a way to raise money for the larger relief efforts.

ArtsGive: fundraiser for Haiti relief, Feb. 13 at the CAC
The WVU College of Creative Arts has organized ArtsGive, a fundraiser for Haiti. It will take place on Saturday, Feb. 13, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Gladys Davis Theatre and CCA lobby at the CAC.

The evening will feature a variety of musical, theatrical, and dance performances, art displays, and stand-up comedy routines. Admission is by donation. with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, and other relief agencies working in Haiti.

Contact Laura Hitt (Laura.Hitt@mail.wvu.edu) for more information.


Please contact Brett White at the WVU Center for Civic Engagement with any questions you have or to get the word out about any relief efforts you may have planned. He can be reached at 304-293-8761 or brett.white@mail.wvu.edu



CONTACT: Brett White, WVU Center for Civic Engagement
304-293-8761, brett.white@mail.wvu.edu