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Help for Haiti: Racing, Fundraising, Counseling

January 25, 2010 | Posts

CUNY Law School’s Ambulance Chasers are sponsoring a 1.5 mile “Relay for Haiti Relief” Charity Run on Thursday, January 28, at 1 p.m. Runners will meet at the Law School’s back entrance and run on the Queens College track. Support the runners by sponsoring a team or individuals with a per-mile donation, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross; there is a $5 entrance fee per team. Contact: alexandra.scholl@mail.law.cuny.edu. Also, the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) has launched a fundraising campaign and a food and clothing drive. Funds are directed to the Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad. BLSA suggests a donation of $18.04 or more in remembrance of the year Haiti gained its independence from France. BLSA will be at tables outside of the cafeteria, where you’ll also find their bins for canned food and clothes outside the cafeteria.

The Office of Student Life at Baruch College will host “Baruch Unites for Haiti” on Thursday, January 28, in the Newman Vertical Campus multipurpose room (1-107) from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. There, Baruch’s Undergraduate Student Government, Caribbean Student Association, SOCA (Student Organization for Caribbean Appreciation), West Indian Culture Club, and Hillel will raise both funds and awareness. From 5-7 p.m. the Undergraduate Student Government will host a Haiti Relief Concert with live bands, free food and ongoing fundraising. The Office of Student Life will maintain a Wall of Hope in the main lobby of the Newman Vertical Campus, where students can write messages of hope, with a requested $1 per message.

On a more personal level, Baruch’s Office of Human Resources offers its support to Baruch employees via CUNY’s Work/Life Program. It offers counseling for employees and their families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Counselors can be reached directly at 1-800-833-8707. The program, administered by Corporate Counseling Associates, Inc, has published a list of resources to help employees locate missing persons in Haiti, agencies and organizations for volunteering and donating to the relief efforts, and tips for coping with traumatic events. All information is available via the Baruch Human Resources website: www.baruch.cuny.edu/hr and clicking on CUNY Work/Life Program. Baruch’s Counseling Center is also available to meet with students who have personal concerns related to the crisis in Haiti. The Center is at 137 E. 25th Street (the Annex Building) on the 9th floor, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and later by appointment. Make an appointment by calling 646-312-2155 or e-mailing counseling@baruch.cuny.edu.

LaGuardia Community College is collecting funds to help the people of Haiti through its LaGuardia Disaster Relief Fund, in partnership with two local organizations with a history of relief work in Haiti. A three-day campus fundraising drive began Jan. 19.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice has begun its “Help Rebuild Haiti” fundraising campaign, coordinated by the Division of Student Development. There are collection locations at key campus locations. Donations will be forwarded to a variety of relief organizations to support Haitian relief efforts. A Help Rebuild Haiti website has been set up at http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/rebuildhaiti/ and plans are under way to hold several special programs during the spring semester.