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Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts

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Hurricane Dorian has destroyed portions of the Bahamas and battered the US Coast leaving many of us asking ourselves, what can I do? Pace’s CCAR and ōMA have some recommendations on how to help.

As Mr. Rogers famously said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” 

We know that during upsetting times it can be especially comforting to help others. Whether through advocating on climate change, rebuilding a community after a disaster, or just spending time with others learning about ways you can engage, the Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR) and the Office of Multicultural Affairs (ōMA) can help you explore opportunities to do something.

Take Care of Yourself: Are you a Pace student directly affected by Hurricane Dorian? Are you safe? Make sure you let us know by sending an email to the Dean for Students on your campus. Perhaps you are not directly impacted, but this event has triggered anxiety. Make sure you get the support you need by utilizing Pace’s Counseling Center.

Investigate Organizations Asking for Donations for Dorian Relief: Physical donations (water, food, supplies, etc.) should not be gathered unless you or the organization have a confirmed way of getting those supplies to those in need. You can find organizations collecting donated supplies and goods through news media or social networks, but always check to make sure that the organization is reputable and aligns with your intentions. Some examples include:

Engage with groups in your local area that engage in Disaster Response:

  • >> Each spring semester Pace students have the opportunity to explore what happens after a natural disaster.  The CCAR’s Alternative Spring Break program allows Pace students to spend a week learning about and directly assisting a community recovering from disasters, most recently the Jersey Shore.  
  • >> New York State continues to support Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricanes Maria and Irma.  A number of local organizations are involved including, the Food Bank for New York City.

Educate Yourself: Climate change disproportionately affects marginalized groups and oftentimes disaster recovery efforts are stunted by inequality. Learn more about how women, people of color, and incarcerated individuals disproportionately suffer during and after natural disasters.   

Donations on Campus (NYC): ōMA will be collecting items beginning Monday, September 9, through Friday, September 20. The donated goods will be delivered to the Bahamas Consulate General in New York. Donations on the NYC Campus can be dropped off at 41 Park Row, Room 913. For more information, please contact Denise Belen Satiago at (212) 346-1546 or Below is a list of suggested donations:

  • Clothing
    • >> Clothing should be new or slightly used (not stained or damaged), clean and folded
    • >> Muck shoes/boots, sneakers
    • >> Undergarments must be new/unused
  • Medical supplies:  All items must be new and unopened
    • >> ACE elastic bandages
    • >> Alcohol swabs
    • >> Anti-bacterial creams
    • >> Bandages
    • >> Bandages and braces for knees/wrists
    • >> Gauze pads
    • >> Medical tape
    • >> Tweezers
  • Toiletries: All items must be new and unopened
    • >> Bar soap
    • >> Children's diapers
    • >> Depends (disposable adult undergarments
    • >> Feminine hygiene products
    • >> Moisturizer
    • >> Sunscreen
    • >> Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Air mattresses
  • Batteries
  • Bed linens in all sizes, new or slightly used (not stained or damaged), clean and folded
  • Camping tents
  • Canned goods and other non-perishable food items
  • Flashlights and lanterns with batteries
  • Small transistor radios with batteries
  • Suitcases or duffle bags
  • Water purification kits
  • Yoga mats (to serve as mattresses)

Please note, ōMA will not be accepting donations of bottled water.