'Canes Helping Haiti
January 19, 2010
The School's Department of Marketing is collecting clothing from
As relief efforts continue in Haiti following the devastating earthquake there, the University of Miami has joined the growing worldwide community that is reaching out to the crisis-hit country with donations, supplies, and volunteers.
On Wednesday, Jan. 20, the University held a candlelight vigil for quake victims at the University Center Rock. Several speakers addressed an audience of hundreds of students, faculty, and staff members.
With the Haitian national flag displayed on the stage and a small choir performing inspirational music, some people in the crowd shed tears. Others embraced or held hands. University President Donna E. Shalala reiterated UM's commitment to help Haiti recover.
“Tonight we remember and pray for the Haitian people, for their families and friends here in the United States, and for all the caregivers who are trying desperately to get help on the ground to the people in Haiti,” said Shalala, calling the tragedy “unprecedented.”
UM, Shalala said, has made a commitment to help the impoverished nation, noting that leaders from the Haitian Student Organization are working closely with the Butler Center for Service and Leadership to initiate donation drives and mobilize community support. Many other student organizations are organizing aid drives, such as concerts and auctions, the specific details of which will be announced in the coming days.
Donations to Haiti began to flow from University of Miami employees through a special Web site launched just a day after the devastating earthquake. At the School of Business Administration, the Department of Marketing is collecting clothing through January 29, after which it will be taken to the survivors in Haiti. Clothing can be dropped off at the front desk at 501 Kosar Epstein Building.
Money is what's needed most, UM officials say. Employees can still make donations via the 'Canes Helping Haiti Web site, which includes extensive information on how to help and updates on upcoming programs and events related to the disaster and relief efforts.
Other UM initiatives are also under way or in the planning stages as student organizations, schools and colleges, centers, and institutes mobilize resources.