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Letter to the Mount Holyoke Community on the College's Relief Efforts

September 13, 2005

Dear Mount Holyoke Community,

As you may be aware, Mount Holyoke has taken swift action to ensure that not only our own 12 students, but all those affected by Hurricane Katrina are provided for. Dean Bowie and the members of CAUSE have acted quickly to begin a fundraising campaign and have chosen the American Red Cross as our beneficiary. (Information on how to donate and make checks payable.)

Since this disaster has such a long-term environmental, psychological, and, perhaps most notably, fiscal impact, it is important that our efforts are long-term as well. Beginning the week of September 11, CAUSE launched its fundraising campaign. We will place buckets in all academic and administrative buildings where students, faculty, and staff are all encouraged to donate. These buckets will be regularly checked, and all money collected, counted, and mailed to the American Red Cross by CAUSE members***.

CAUSE is organizing a craft sale, with the help of the MHC Collaborates and others, Wednesday, September 14, through Friday, September 16. With the help of alumnae, we are also organizing a bake sale for Wednesday, September 21, through Friday, September 23.

Additionally, we have a white ribbon campaign for awareness. White stands for hope and support, and we hope that you will wear these in support of those affected by this disaster as well as our campaign. White ribbons will be available across campus.

In the weeks to come, we hope to involve all interested organizations in fundraisers for the American Red Cross. If you are interested in becoming involved in fundraising efforts, please see the email “Hurricane fundraising collaboration for all organizations” and visit

Per Dean Lee Bowie’s suggestion, CAUSE will be working to keep all Mount Holyoke students, faculty, and staff educated and informed about the impact of the hurricane. More information on these efforts is forthcoming.

Many of our campaign efforts will be based in Blanchard Campus Center, including our craft and bake sales, so please be sure to stop by. We will keep you updated on new events via a bulletin board in Blanchard and our Web site.

We look forward to working with all of you, and to your ideas, enthusiasm, and support. Imagine what a difference we can make if we all work together!

Thank you in advance.

The CAUSE Board

***For those who are interested in making donations by check, please make payable to the American Red Cross. Checks may be mailed to P.O. 9121 (our organizational box), or brought to 306 Blanchard (our office).

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