University of South Carolina

Carolina community responds to Haiti disaster

The aftershock from Tuesday’s devastating earthquake in Haiti has been felt by students at the University of South Carolina, prompting them to organize a collection for relief efforts.

The Methodist Student Network and the campus chapter of the NAACP collected funds Thursday for Partners in Health, an international organization that brings modern medical help to the poorest communities worldwide.

On Friday, Jan. 15, students from the two organizations will collect funds from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Greene Street in front of the Russell House University Union.

University President Dr. Harris Pastides says the student-led initiative reflects a commitment to service that thrives at Carolina.

“The University of South Carolina is a caring institution,” he said. “Students, faculty and staff quickly began looking for ways to assist the people of Haiti. One student e-mailed me to say ‘such natural phenomenon can happen anywhere in the world, and when it does, it’s our duty to help.’ And we are. Several student organizations, our student-affairs office, the School of Medicine and our Office of Communications, to name just a few, are working to coordinate USC’s response to the tragedy that has struck Haiti.”

Members of the university community are encouraged to attend a meeting at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, in the Russell House Theatre to discuss how to help with the university’s relief efforts. Student President Meredith Ross and representatives from the Office of Community Service will coordinate the meeting.

The university also will begin collecting donations that will be directed to Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti. Details on how to donate will be posted on the Office of Community Service as soon as they are available. Visit

“We will continue to advise what steps the university is taking and how our USC family may share in the effort, hoping that Haiti may be spared any further anguish,” Pastides said.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 01/14/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 01/20/10 @ 10:06 AM | Permalink