Dordt College News

Dordt students, administration respond to Hurricane Katrina

September 8, 2005

In response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster, Dordt College is offering tuition-free education for the fall semester to up to 10 students who otherwise meet admissions requirements and had been enrolled in a college that is closed due to Hurricane Katrina. Since classes at Dordt have been in session since August 24, interested students are being instructed to contact the college registrar, Jim Bos, at (712) 722-6030 as soon as possible for more information.

In addition, Dordt College has and will continue to use the resources of the college operated radio station, KDCR, to disseminate information to the entire region about responses to the disaster as well as information about ways that listeners can participate in the response.

Dordt College also intends to work with student service project teams to explore ways in which upcoming winter and spring break service projects might be able to assist in the recovery process. The college will facilitate fund raising efforts for these service projects and help identify reputable organizations worthy of support by student, staff or faculty groups who wish to assist in the relief efforts.

In addition, a blood drive at West Commons on Tuesday, Sept. 20, and Wednesday, Sept. 21, will be targeted for Katrina relief. Donors may contribute blood to the Siouxland Blood Bank between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. those days.

Students at Dordt College have organized their own response, with Dordt’s Student Forum setting a goal of raising $7,500 within the campus community for Hurricane Katrina relief. The efforts currently organized to raise funds for hurricane relief include:

“KASH FOR KATRINA!” This fundraising effort has been organized by Shamar (Dordt’s Earthkeeping Club). Both walkers and those willing to pledge funds are invited to participate in a walk from Sioux Center to Orange City on Saturday, Sept. 17. Information, pledge sheets and receipts for sponsors are available from Elbert Bakker, 722-6902; or Dena Nicolai, 722-6620.

TIP NIGHT at the Sioux Center Pizza Ranch on Monday, Sept. 26. This fundraiser is being planned by Dordt’s Student Social Work Association (SSWA). Students will bus the tables that night, with 10 percent of the sales and all tips raised going toward hurricane relief and the $7,500 goal. For more information contact Heather Groen, 722-6617, or Alysia Miller, 722-0273.

Additional fund raising efforts may be organized by Student Forum if necessary to reach their stated goal.

Funds raised by Dordt College will be donated to the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee’s effort to raise $5 Million for hurricane relief or to the United Christian College Fund, a relief fund organized by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities to provide disaster relief to Christian colleges and universities impacted by Hurricane Katrina . Dordt College has committed to provide matching funds of up to $5000 for donations to the United Christian College Fund.

Money donated to CRWRC is being used to deploy Disaster Response Services (DRS) response teams that quickly assess needs, clean up debris, purchase building materials and repair homes, and provide funding for long-term reconstruction in those areas hardest hit. DRS has a long history of hurricane relief in the United States, most recently responding to damage caused by July’s Hurricane Dennis in the Florida panhandle. A network of volunteers across the U.S. and Canada give their time and talents to help clear debris, assess needs and rebuild homes after disaster strikes.

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