Ways to give to those affected by Hurricane Harvey

Several Vanderbilt University organizations have come together to organize VU for Texas—an opportunity for staff, faculty and students to give assistance to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

There are several ways to participate. Through Wednesday, Sept. 6, donation bins sponsored by the Dean of Students Office will be placed outside of Munchie Marts and in lobbies of residence halls across campus. Members of the Vanderbilt community are encouraged to donate gently worn clothing, nonperishable food items and bottled water at any of these locations.

On Wednesday night, all donations will be transported to the McGugin Center to be loaded onto trucks and transported to the Houston area. Community members are encouraged to bring donations of new or gently worn clothing, nonperishable food items and bottled water directly to the trucks parked outside of the McGugin Center at 2601 Jess Neely Drive from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Vanderbilt Athletics would like to thank Fox Moving and Storage for providing transportation of the donations to Houston. The Houston area is home to nearly 3,000 Vanderbilt alumni and approximately 200 current Vanderbilt students, including six student-athletes.

Additionally, Vanderbilt Campus Dining will donate food items as well as enact the “Share a Side” program through Sunday, Sept. 10. With this program, students can forgo purchasing a side item on any of their meal swipes from the Commons Dining Center, Rand Hall, the Kissam Center or campus markets and instead donate its value to Hurricane Harvey relief programs. Students can participate by acquiring a ticket from cashiers when checking out and then depositing the ticket into labeled collection jars.

For questions or more information about VU for Texas, contact Andrew Brodsky at a.brodsky@vanderbilt.edu.