Campus Community Mobilizes for 12 Days/12 Months Hurricane Relief Project

Story posted September 08, 2005

The "12 Days of Attention-12 Months of Impact" relief project is one of several ways in which the Bowdoin community is addressing issues related to the impact of Hurricane Katrina.

With the initial goal of raising one lump sum to contribute immediately to the Red Cross on Common Good Day (September 17, 2005), the project will also focus on activities over the next year that will aid in long-term re-development of the affected region accompanied by educational opportunities for the Bowdoin community.

The preliminary phase of the project runs September 6 through September 17, and will feature faculty lectures and chats, community agency panels, continued student-led fundraising events, and other activities to raise awareness, bring the campus together, and begin to effect change in the Gulf Coast and in the local community.

Schedule of Events
This list will be updated as more events are added; please check back frequently

Daily, September 7-17
12 Days of Immediate Aid Attention
12-1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m., David Saul Smith Union

Many student organizations have come together to collaborate in a fundraising initiative for the next 12 days to benefit victims through the American Red Cross. Stop by the tables in David Saul Smith Union to purchase t-shirts from Habitat for Humanity, handmade belts from a student-run business, and raffle tickets from the College Republican and Democrat Partnership for this cause. In addition, September 7 marks the opening of the official interclass "Change for Change" competition sponsored by Res Life. In Thorne Hall all this week you can donate meal points as cash with the help of Circle K.

Clothing Drive
Primarily intended to benefit families of present and past Bowdoin students immediately affected by the hurricane with whom we are in contact, the African-American Society has placed receptacles in the basement of most dorms and in the lobby of Coles Tower. Please donate laundered clothing items, which will be sorted on Common Good Day and delivered to the region.

Thursday, September 8
Hurricane Relief Concert
8:30 p.m., Quinby House

All students are invited to Quinby House for a party featuring live music from Munny Munford, The Day Jobs, Jim Weeks Philharmonic, Zach Roberts, and Jamil Wyne. A donation of $5 is encouraged to benefit the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund.

Tuesday, September 13
Faculty Chat - The Social Implications of the Hurricane Disaster
7:30-8:30 p.m., Quinby House

Join Professors Sara Dickey, John Fitzgerald, Nancy Jennings and Roy Partridge for a conversation about the implications of Hurricane Katrina as they relate to class, the economy, schooling and race. This informal gathering is an opportunity for students to meet with faculty members to engage in discussion about issues of concern and interest.

Silent Reflection
9 p.m., Bowdoin Chapel

The Bowdoin Student Government invites the campus community to the Chapel for quiet reflection in support of the victims from Hurricane Katrina.

Wednesday, September 14
12 Months of Impact - Planning Session
4-5 p.m., Community Service Resource Center, 3rd Floor Adams Hall

Join students, faculty and staff interested in planning the second phase of the 12 Days-12 Months Project. All are welcome. Bring your ideas and your commitment to this endeavor.

Thursday, September 15
Faculty Chat - The Physical Implications of the Hurricane Disaster
7:30-8:30 p.m., MacMillan House

Professors Ed Laine (Geology) and Kristina Ford (Environmental Studies) will address issues related to the re-development of New Orleans. This informal gathering is an opportunity for students to meet with faculty members to engage in discussion about issues of concern and interest.

Coffee House Gathering sponsored by the Women's Resource Center
8:30 p.m., Women's Resource Center

Come to the WRC after the faculty chat for coffee and beignets in honor of New Orleans.

Saturday, September 17
Common Good Day
Noon- 4 p.m., Cleaveland Quad and in the community

The 12 Days of Attention will culminate with the entire Bowdoin Community coming together to serve in the local community. The final sum of the 12-day fundraising effort for the Red Cross will be announced at the opening ceremony.

For more information contact Sarah Mountcastle, AmeriCorps*VISTA at smountca@bowdoin.edu or 798-4156.

Click these links to read about:
The College's contributions to three historically black colleges and universities in the affected areas.
How to contribute to the HBCU Recovery Fund.
Hurricane Katrina Message Board.

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