Natural Disaster evokes Natural Response

 

By Ruth Jacobs
 

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Colby rallied to offer support in a number of ways.

Shortly before Labor Day the College offered enrollment to qualified students whose schools were closed by Hurricane Katrina and enrolled students from Tulane and Loyola during the first week of classes.

Colby students rolled up their sleeves to help, and the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement organized their efforts. They began with a fund raising drive that raised more than $21,500 in its first two weeks to provide assistance to K-12 students displaced by the hurricane.

The Goldfarb Center launched an educational response, beginning with a panel discussion that included three Colby professors and a former city planner of New Orleans.

Outreach through the Colby Volunteer Center will include working with other organizations to offer long-term support for resettlement needs, such as one that provides professional clothing to those who lost their belongings.