The below email was sent by Assistant Dean Vanessa Christman, director of Bryn Mawr's Pensby Center, on Nov. 14.
Dear Bryn Mawr College students, faculty, and staff,
I am writing with updates about community responses to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. In addition to deans, faculty members and other community members checking in with students, there are a number of awareness and fundraising efforts underway.
According to Director of Service and Activism Ellie Esmond, one of the best things to do at times like this is to provide monetary support to established organizations on the ground, as they can get essential materials and services to those in need quickly and effectively. Therefore, the Pensby Center and CEO are working with undergraduate and graduate student organizers in the following efforts:
- The student organizers of Asian American Heritage Week are encouraging donations to De La Salle University's Disaster Management Response Program at the following site: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/philippines-disaster-response/
- The Philippine and Filipina-American student affinity group Barkada is encouraging donations to be made to the organization Gawad Kalinga at http://gk-usa.org
- The American Red Cross is accepting donations online at redcross.org.
- To promote awareness and provide updates on the disaster and relief efforts, students hope to circulate a video and plan to table in Erdman and Haffner beginning Sunday afternoon.
Please check the websites of the Pensby Center and the CEO for additional information, including suggestions for volunteering with local organizations in the future. Updates will be posted as they become available.