President’s Letter About Haiti Earthquake Response

January 19, 2010
Dear Friends,

Today marks the one-week anniversary of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that has devastated the island nation of Haiti. I am writing to share information about the College’s relief efforts to date, provide information about how you can help and seek volunteers to lead a long-term, campus-wide effort to support Haiti as it rebuilds.

Our campus community has wasted no time organizing efforts to provide relief and show support for the victims of this disaster. The Meredith College Student Government Association has organized Change for Change in Haiti, a fundraiser that will take place Wednesday, Jan. 20. Donations will be accepted from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the following locations across campus: Atrium of the Science and Mathematics Building; Jones Chapel; first floor of Cate Center; the Office of the Vice President for College Programs, 111 Johnson Hall; and the Office of Student Leadership and Service, 202 Cate Center.

Donations will also be accepted at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Worship Service at 10 a.m. in Jones Chapel.

The Meredith Association of Natural Sciences is collecting donations for the American Red Cross. For more information about contributing to the Red Cross through the Meredith Association of Natural Sciences, email Donations are also being accepted through a collection jar in 202 Cate.

Meredith alumnae Meghan Griffith and Grayson Gant have organized a fundraiser with 100% of the proceeds going to three non-profit organizations all involved in the Haitian disaster relief effort. The fundraising event will be held January 24, from 4-6:30 p.m. at Gateway Yoga and will feature live Haitian-inspired drumming. Griffith and Gant are also making pins that can be purchased for a minimum $1 donation. All proceeds from the sale of the pins will go to Hearts with Haiti.

Proceeds from the efforts that our students and alumnae have already organized all benefit established disaster-relief agencies, which is one of the most effective ways to get aid to victims in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy of this magnitude. In addition to supporting these efforts, here are the links to a few of the major agencies coordinating relief efforts:
American Red Cross (;
Doctors Without Borders (; and
Save the Children (

Much like Meredith’s response to the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, our response as a campus will be both immediate and sustained. In addition to the short-term relief efforts underway, I am considering how we might launch a more sustained relief effort as Haiti’s long-term needs become clear in the coming weeks. If you are interested in helping to lead this effort, please email me at

The Meredith community is known for its compassionate and generous response to the needs of others. I have no doubt that, as a community, we will do all that we can to help our neighbors in the Caribbean whose lives have been torn apart.

Thank you for caring.
Maureen A. Hartford, President

Date Submitted: 2010-01-20

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