Siena Heights University’s Campus Ministry team along with the Siena Heights family will continue to find ways to reach out to Haiti and its people. Although communication coming out of Haiti remains sporadic, there is the consistent call for immediate financial and material aid.
This communication is in response to letting the community know what has been decided and what will be done soon.
Siena Heights will partner with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), which will accept all of our monetary donations. CRS is an outstanding organization which also has aid workers on the ground in Haiti and can guarantee that every dollar offered will go directly to Haiti. We have partnered with this organization in the past.
· Cash will be accepted by the Tom Puszczewicz (264-7192) and Fr. Tom Helfrich (264-7198). Offices are located in the residence halls. This Sunday’s collection from Mass will also go to Haiti. Donations have come in to our office. It is our goal to have our first check by Friday (Jan. 22).
· Checks may be mailed directly to Catholic Relief Services at P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21203-7090 (in the lower left hand of the check please print: [For: Haiti Relief])
· Credit card donations are accepted online through Catholic Relief Services CRS donation site.
Siena Heights is looking into potential partners for the donation of goods. Student Activities will be involved in the gathering of goods when the answer to this concern becomes clearer.
As always, our first response to tragedy is prayer. Individual prayer is encouraged. Prayer as a community is central to the Catholic faith. Weekday Mass times are at 4 p.m. Monday, 8:25 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 9 p.m. Sunday. All Masses are located in Lumen Ecclesiae Chapel.
Look for updates for those who are on SHU’s Fan Page on Facebook and also at www.sienaheights.edu. As you may or may not know, Haiti is the poorest nation in the western hemisphere. This crisis could be the start of an ongoing relationship with a neighbor that is truly in need.
Again, together as a community of faith and reflecting our University’s mission, we will be able to provide much-needed assistance and support to our sisters and brothers in Haiti. Please join the University’s efforts for Haiti Relief.