NKU Students Chip in for Tornado Relief

Mar 14, 2012

The Northern Kentucky University Student Government Association, Office of Student Life and Scripps Howard for Civic Engagement are collaborating to provide the university community with opportunities to help tornado victims in our region.

Volunteer matching, a student philanthropy initiative and a food and supplies drive are the three keys aspects of the relief effort to help those still in need after the tornado damage on March 2.

"NKU is a giving community throughout the year, but the tornadoes have inspired an outpouring of concern for those who have lost so much," said Mark Neikirk, executive director of NKU's Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement. "Our students, faculty and staff want to help."

The response plan includes:

- Donor bins have been placed in the Student Union. Additional bins are planned at other locations on campus. Community members are welcome to bring their donations to these bins as well. Please note that the university has been asked to focus on personal hygiene items and nonperishable food items rather than clothing and other needs.

- SGA will have a table set up in the Student Union Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. until March 23. Goods as well as monetary donations can be made there. SGA will donate the funds collected to nonprofits working in tornado-stricken areas.

- Two faculty members, Jeff Fox and Leighann Rechtin, will guide a group of students through a "learn by giving" exercise modeled after NKU's Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project. Students will evaluate needs in the tornado-stricken areas of Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties; learn which nonprofits are responding to those needs; and then evaluate where they can make the most impact with $1,000 directed toward relief. To register for this experience visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NKUTornadoRelief.

- Buy a Norse car magnet for $5 and the proceeds will go into the student philanthropy project's tornado relief fund. Call (859) 572-1448 to order a magnet or send $5 to the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement (NKU Founders Hall 536, Highland Heights, KY 41099).

- All three partners in the NKU collaborative are lining up volunteers to assist at a Covington warehouse where donations are being delivered and sorted. Students also will be volunteering in the areas hit by tornadoes.

- On April 14, the NKU partners will host a volunteer fair, with students fanning out to pre-selected sites in the tornado-stricken areas to provide service teams. Anyone interested should can contact the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement at engage@nku.edu.

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