While Hanover was largely spared from the wrath of Hurricane Irene, the storm flooded many neighboring communities in the Upper Valley. In an effort to help those most affected, the Graduate Student Council collected donations this past week to support the recovery efforts.
Led by GSC President, Wesley Whitaker, and Vice President, Aarathi Prasad, and aided by the GSC Departmental Representatives, the GSC organized a short-term donation drive. Students were encouraged to act quickly in order to offer urgent assistance, and collection centers were established in heavily trafficked areas such as Baker-Berry Library, the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and Wentworth Hall. Items collected varied from general toiletries and clothing to baby products and non-perishable canned food.
“I was really impressed by both the speed in which the entire Graduate Student Council was able to coordinate a donation drive, and the support of the Dartmouth community,” says Whitaker. “In under 24 hours, we collected an entire carload of donations and helped raise money for the Upper Valley Haven.”
This short-term donation drive was part of a larger ongoing effort by all of Dartmouth to help all those impacted by Hurricane Irene.
“I think that this donation drive demonstrated the strength of Dartmouth’s graduate community,” says Whitaker. “I really think that our efforts will help those in immediate need.”
To learn more about how you can help, visit the Tucker Foundation’s website.
pictured: Wes Whitaker and Aarathi Prasad.
photo by Kerry Landers