September 18th, 2017

Organizations assist in hurricane relief

Making landfall as a Category 4 hurricane with winds up to 130 mph, Harvey decimated homes and businesses on its travels throughout Texas and Louisiana, destroying with its winds and flooding what was left.

After being downgraded to a tropical storm, its historical rainfall resulted in evacuations and rescues to escape the rising water levels, leaving destroyed homes and possessions in its wake.

More than a week since Hurricane Harvey first inundated Texas, the death toll has risen to at least 50, and hundreds are still missing.

Now, as residents make their way home on streets lined with debris, sodden houses and lost memories, the communities have begun what will be a long recovery back to the normal before Harvey.

Hundreds of miles away in Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland State organizations have brought it on themselves to do what they can to help.

While many organizations are reminding students to donate to the Red Cross or other relief funds, organizations such as the Campus Activity Board urged people to donate at the Block Party and Rock the Rec, August 31. This effort raised $400 for Harvey relief.

Student Government Association, in partnership with Viking Expeditions and the Campus Activity Board are also in the process of launching a collaborative drive. In this fundraiser they will be collecting non-perishable food, water, personal care items, gift cards and monetary donations throughout the month of September.

Viking Expeditions is a student-led service organization at Cleveland State that partners with a variety of agencies in the Greater Cleveland area, nationally and internationally, according to its OrgSync page.

Viking Expeditions’ team members are considering hosting a blood drive for the relief effort in collaboration with Greek Life.

President of the organization, Amanda Pacanovsky said Houston area groups had contacted Viking Expeditions to aid in the relief effort during the first and second week of January, but were put on a waitlist because of the number of groups offering assistance.


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