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SON Rallies for Haiti Aid

Students, faculty and staff rallied together in the aftermath of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti on Jan. 12. Efforts have collected much-needed supplies for the relief workers in-country, but most of the activities have focused on gathering monetary aid.

“Disasters bring communities together, and that is what has happened in the SON. People came forward with ideas about how to help Haiti,” said Sonda Oppewal, associate professor and associate dean for community partnerships and practice. “While our first impulse may have been to hop on a plane and head to Haiti, we remembered that money for food, water and basic health needs were needed first.”

Over the past few weeks, the School has collected donations with “Pennies for Haiti” jars in support of the American Red Cross. Three international crafts fairs raised $850 for Family

Assistant Professor Chris Harlan (center) assists staff members Shannon Robinson (left) and Annie Skilton (right) during the Global Crafts Fair.

Assistant Professor Chris Harlan (center) assists staff members Shannon Robinson (left) and Annie Skilton (right) during the Global Crafts Fair.

Health Ministries, an alumni-directed, non-profit organization with a long-term presence in Haiti. (Nancy Walmer, PNP ’00, leads the organization.) Students collaborated with Panera Bread to offer a bakery sale that netted $1,283 to date to support Doctors Without Borders. The Association of Nursing Students also joined One Effort Haiti, the UNC student-led effort to raise funds in partnership with the Campus Y by donating through their student ID numbers.

In addition to the efforts to raise monetary aid, Associate Professor and Division Chair Marcia Van Riper collected 140 health kits for her church to send to Haiti.