Barry's Bahamas Hurricane Relief Fund
A Commitment to Service
The BarryU community has steadfastly remained committed to Hurricane Dorian relief efforts over the last two months. The University’s pledge to help those impacted by Hurricane Dorian in Grand Bahama and Abaco has resulted in several ongoing initiatives that have assisted our students, alumni, and victims of the storm. The momentum of our united actions to help as a school has brought immediate and immeasurable relief to victims over the last 60 days. Now, there is a focus to secure support for the future as The Bahamas transitions from recovery to clean up and rebuilding efforts. Our university faculty, staff, and students have demonstrated the power of actualizing our mission through the core commitments by participating in the actions below. Please note the upcoming events and read more to find out how you can contribute, donate, participate, or be a part of this vital relief effort.
- The Bahamas Backpack Initiative was created as an ongoing effort to supply relocated children with basic school items. Our goal is to prepare 3,500 backpacks and send them by November 15th. We currently have 2,000 backpacks that we need your help to fill with the necessary supplies! Please see the list of supplies needed and drop-off locations below:
- Box of washable primary color markers
- Box of 16-24 crayons
- Spiral notebook
- Glue/glue sticks
- Small stuffed animal
- Pencil pouches/cases
Drop off supplies at Powers 151 (Dean’s Suite) or Chapel
- The School of Podiatry will hold their first Medical Mission trip to Nassau December 6 – 8 to provide podiatric care to Bahamians who were evacuated from the islands affected by the storm.
- An emergency relief fund has amassed more than $8000 and is still active. Donations will be used to support our on-going Bahamas relief efforts.
- Supply donations came pouring into the Cor Jesu Chapel with basic-needs items that people desperately require in the hardest hit areas
- Our faculty and Counseling students have volunteered at the Fox Hill Centre to provide play, art, therapy and counseling services
- The School of Social Work has collected many donations through various sources including several alums and partners. Over the next few months the School of Social Work will be traveling to Nassau to deliver Trauma Informed Training to persons working with children and families who have been impacted by the hurricane.
- Undergraduate students filled more than 100 back bags for children displaced by the storm—stuffed with paper, pencils, a teddy bear, crayons, and more.
- A Candlelight Vigil was held in the Cor Jesu Chapel to pray for those directly and indirectly impacted by the storm and to stand together as a school community to offer our support
- On September 28, one month after the devastation of Dorian, President Allen, along with several alumni, students, and faculty offered prayers and participated in a candle lighting ceremony in Nassau. Over 100 of Barry’s Bahamian alums and current students were on hand to hear from several Barry alums who shared highlights of the hurricane relief efforts that they are helping to lead. Barry’s presence at this critical time highlighted our commitment to our alums, our students, and our partners – sending the message that Barry is there to provide assistance over the long haul.
- If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, please contact CCSI at 305-899-3696 or firstname.lastname@example.org.