COVID-19 Updates: Fall Semester

Hurricane Relief Efforts and Resources

Harvey, Irma, Maria: A Community Teach-in
Friday, September 29

The Orchard, Franklin Environmental Center 103
2:45 - 4:15p

Join environmental faculty from across the academic landscape to discuss the storms and the questions they raise. Bring your questions, stories, and experiences.


We know you join us in grief and sadness at the many disasters we are witnessing from powerful storms in Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico and the entire Caribbean, as well as the earthquakes in Mexico.

Members of the Middlebury community are reaching out to help in various ways. For those of you who would like to do so, we provide below a select list of organizations and resources as a guide. We will update the list to include organizations from other affected areas as we are made aware of them.

Please click here to add your name to a mailing list to be kept informed of local relief efforts. 

Middlebury’s 2017 Natural Disaster Volunteer Leave Program details how Middlebury will support our employees who offer their critically needed skills by volunteering to support the hurricane relief effort.  Please contact the Office of Human Resources at (802) 443-5465 if you have questions.

Help for Puerto Rico

Nearly all of the U.S. territory’s 3.4 million residents need assistance recovering from the Hurricane Maria. Here’s how you can help.

Cash. Most organizations are asking for cash, rather than supplies, so they can route help to where it’s needed most more quickly. Here are some of the largest groups with campaigns underway:

GoFundMe has also created a hub that includes all campaigns for Hurricane Maria. You can also find campaigns for individual families seeking help for loved ones.

Supplies. The government of Puerto Rico has also launched a guide that details how individuals or companies can donate emergency and construction supplies (from bottled water, hand sanitizer and formula to extension cords, tarp and safety glasses). The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) is coordinating many of these donations here (and corporate giving here)

"Here’s How to Help" News Articles
New York Times
Washington Post

PBS News Hour
At this time, monetary donations are one of the best ways to help those affected by disaster.  Below are a collection of non-profit organizations with Harvey relief funds.

Houston/Texas-Based Organizations
Greater Houston Community Foundation
Houston Food Bank
Food Bank of Corpus Christi
Houston SPCA
The Montrose Center
JJ Watt's Houston Flood Relief Fund
United Way of Houston
Feeding Texas
New Orleans/Louisiana-Based Organizations
The Greater New Orleans Foundation
Second Harvest
National Organizations
All Hands Volunteer
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Salvation Army

American Red Cross
Direct Relief
Gift Cards 4 Change
Faith-Based Organizations
Catholic Charities
Jewish Federation of Greater Houston
Muslims for Humanity

Church World Service

For other non-profits, check out Charity Navigator's Hurricane Relief Listings.
Inevitably, it will take months and years to rebuild lives and homes affected by these storms.  We will keep our Gulf, Caribbean and Florida neighbors in our thoughts and prayers as we rally to support them during this crisis.



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