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November 14, 2013

Campus Community Can Support Relief Efforts in Philippines

In the wake of the devastating typhoon in the Philippines, Old Dominion University's Office of Community Engagement is helping coordinate a number of relief effort activities on campus.

In a letter to the campus community, President John R. Broderick said the office has posted a list of agencies accepting monetary donations on its website, http://www.odu.edu/connectodu.

"Once again, a natural disaster has devastated so many lives and left unimaginable damage in its wake," Broderick wrote. "As we monitor developments in the Philippines, which has strong ties to thousands in Hampton Roads and Old Dominion, let's take action to help her citizens rebuild their lives."

Donations from the ODU community to the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) also may be directed to typhoon relief efforts through the Red Cross. Donors are asked to make their donation directly to www.redcross.org, print the acknowledgement page and turn it in to their CVC coordinator. It will be counted in ODU's total giving for this year's CVC fund drive.

Also on campus, ODU's Office of Student Leadership and Involvement is working with the Filipino American Student Association, the Asian Pacific American Student Union and the Vietnamese Student Association to organize a donation drive in the next few days. More information will be available on the Community Engagement website when details are finalized.

"I urge the ODU community to assist as it has done so many times before. The Monarch community is known for its service to others; let us lead the way once again to help those in need," Broderick said.