Dominican Community Excels in Relief for Hurricane Harvey Victims

By Francyne Hari

 Students talk with ASDU members as they donate to Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund  Photo courtesy of Dave Albee

Students talk with ASDU members as they donate to Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Photo courtesy of Dave Albee

It was a sudden email sent out by Director of Student Activities and Leadership on the evening of August 30th, that sparked the Associated Students of Dominican University (ASDU) to host a fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey Relief.  The next day, the Dominican Community was invited to donate what they could to help local organizations provide much needed aid to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

 President Mary Marcy and Lauren Castro, Photo Courtesy of Dave Albee

President Mary Marcy and Lauren Castro, Photo Courtesy of Dave Albee

Hurricane Harvey, a category 4 Hurricane hit Texas on August 25th and Louisiana on August 30th. According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Harvey caused record breaking rainfall which resulted in catastrophic flooding. The threat and aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is causing many to reflect back on Hurricane Katrina that hit the area of Louisiana on August 29th, 2005 and the aftermath of that disaster. Hurricane Katrina brought to light infrastructural failures that caused catastrophic flooding affecting thousands of people and caused racial divide in the area. Additionally, many who survived Hurricane Katrina relocated to Houston, Texas during the aftermath of the hurricane.

Photo Courtesy of Dave Albee

Hallie Balch, ASDU Student Body President, reflected on the event. “I don’t have a personal connection to what happened in Texas but there is a big impact.” Balch explains why she thinks the event is important despite having no personal connections to people affected the most by Hurricane Harvey. Balch further elaborates, “There is the realization of something much bigger.” Although the Hurricane has impacted only a portion of the country in a very personal way, Balch mentions that there is a connection for everyone. Being able to respond to an event, whether it’s in your hometown or all the way across the world can say a lot about how humans are able to connect with one another.

Together, the Dominican Community was able to raise $1,450 over the course of two days. This is an accomplishment considering the short notice of the event. All proceeds raised will go to two local organizations: the Houston Food Bank and the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.