By Renée Olson
From January on, Drewids have fanned out doing volunteer work and fundraising for two high-profile natural disasters: Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti.
The Drew Disaster Relief crew, together with Centenary College, rolled up sleeves in New Orleans this winter break for the fifth year in a row. “Drew has sent over 125 people in that time, and we’ve probably helped about 150 families clean up and repair their homes,” says trip organizer Shawn Spaventa.
Haiti’s January 12 earthquake prompted the Center for Civic Engagement to rally for both short- and long-term assistance for that country. Campus fundraisers netted nearly $1,400, while students gathered soap, toothbrushes and other toiletries to ship there. Drew’s Communities of Shalom and friends started working on longer-term efforts, including the possibility of sending a relief group to Haiti in 2011.