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Katrina Relief and Volunteer Opportunities at FSU
09/13/2005

Frostburg State University is doing its part to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Current campus initiatives include:

FSU Community Who Wish Volunteer: The American Red Cross is coordinating volunteer efforts for those who would like to go to the area impacted by Hurricane Katrina to assist with recovery efforts.

Individuals wishing to volunteer must undergo an eight-hour training session in Baltimore on a Wednesday from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. and commit three weeks of their time to the assigned site. Deployment will take place within 2-3 days after completion of the training program. Flight costs will be borne by the Red Cross. To register for training, individuals should call the local number: 301-722-1760, x107

Staff: PIN staff must check with the FSU Office of Human Resources and their immediate supervisors before taking any action. Contingency II staff can receive administrative leave to volunteer with the disaster relief, the University is willing to grant leave, with the permission of the supervisor. As in the case of “pinned” staff, requests should be forwarded to the Human Resources Office for approval.

Faculty: The authorization to use administrative leave for disaster service is based on a Board of Regents’ policy applies only to exempt and non-exempt staff rather than to faculty members, whose instructional duties are concentrated primarily in the fall and spring semesters. The university encourages faculty members to contribute to the relief effort in other ways. For example, many of you have already volunteered to participate in the online Sloan Consortium initiative, and other opportunities to serve evacuees displaced to this region will be available through the activities of the University’s Center for Volunteerism and National Service.

Students: Beyond making adjustments for individuals activated by the National Guard, there is no formal provision for students to be released from academic requirements to engage in disaster relief. Instead, the University recommends that students who wish to help become involved in the array of volunteer activities being planned by Cherie Krug and her staff through the Center for Volunteerism and National Service (x4210).

Please contact Office of Human Resources immediately (x4105) to learn more info or if you are interested in participating.

Volunteer with Re-Located Katrina Survivors: Volunteers can help out at Camp Dawson in Kingwood, W.Va., where there are close to 300 Hurricane Katrina victims and their families. For certain volunteer opportunities, little or no is training required. If you cannot volunteer in the coming days, help will be needed for months to come. Contact: Marcie Beachy , A STAR! AmeriCorps member at the Garrett County Health Department Tel: 301-334-7730, x6520 Call to register to volunteer Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Monetary Donations to the American Red Cross: In a week and a half, the FSU community raised $1,433.75 in local collections for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Local on-campus collections efforts have now concluded, but people are still encouraged to make their donations directly to the American Red Cross:

American Red Cross

Western Potomac Chapter

400 Cumberland St.

Cumberland, MD 21502

To make certain your donation goes to the Katrina Relief Fund, please mark in the right hand corner of check. Either “General check-Hurricane Katrina” or check to a “state only-Ala-006-06; Miss-007-06; or LA-865-06.”

America’s Second Harvest & Western MD Food Bank’s Hurricane Katrina Relief Drive:

Donations being accepted:

- bottled water

- hand held snacks (granola & energy bars)

- canned meals (pasta, soups & stews)

- peanut butter

- diapers (all sizes)

- cash donations

These are the only items that can be sent at this time. Any other donations received will remain local. Drop your donation off at FSU - The Braddock House or Western Maryland Food Bank, 816 Frederick Street, Cumberland, MD, 301-722-2797.

Donations accepted through Sept. 30, 2005. Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589
E-mail: news@frostburg.edu