While we are grateful that those of us living in South Florida was spared any major impact from Hurricane Dorian, we acknowledge that many others were not. Most critically, as you have likely seen, the Bahamas was devastated by the hurricane and in need of assistance. Thanks to our Development and Alumni Relations office, we now know that we have hundreds of SEHD alumni possibly residing in the Bahamas, as well as many current and former faculty, staff, students and friends with ties to the area. We are working with other UM units to coordinate immediate donations and assistance and we will provide information on UM efforts as soon as we have it. In the meantime, if you would like to make donations please see below for the kinds of items needed, as well as sites in the community that are collecting items and distributing aid. Some of you are working on highly relevant interdisciplinary projects related to weather disasters, and you may have ideas about how to make a more sustainable contribution to assist in recovery and resilience, I welcome this kind of input as well. If there is a role the SEHD or more broadly the University, can play in assisting with recovery and building future resilience as increasingly severe weather events are resulting in massively devastating outcomes like what are seeing in the Bahamas now then please feel free to send your thoughts to SEHD-Dean@miami.edu.
The University has launched “The U Responds: Hurricane Dorian Response Fund,” a coordinated effort led by the Division of Development and Alumni Relations to raise funds for the University’s recovery efforts in the Bahamas, recovery efforts of our partner organizations in the impacted areas, and for other areas affected by Dorian.
The following list provides items that are needed as well as some locations where you can make donations now:
Items being collected at Miami-Dade County government locations for the Bahamas include the following:
The drop-off locations are located at:
Those making donations at the Stephen P. Clark Center in Downtown Miami will have their parking validated. All other drop-off locations have free parking.
Accepting donations 24 hours:
Smile Trust, 5120 NW 24th Ave., asking for the following items:
The Smile Trust asked that people do not donate any clothing. If you wish to donate money to the Bahamas, visit the Smile Trust’s website at mthsmile.com.
The Global Empowerment Mission at 340 NE 59th Terrace in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood and another donation drop was set up at Riverside Market, at 608 SW 12th Ave., in Fort Lauderdale.
The Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition has created a GoFundMe account to assist the victims of Hurricane Dorian. To donate, click here.
Food For The Poor is also asking for donations of canned meats, canned fish and canned milk, both evaporated and condensed, and disposable diapers. They will not accept perishable items. The items can be brought to the charity’s warehouse at 6401 Lyons Road in Coconut Creek starting Wednesday. They will be accepting items between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The City of Doral will have three drop-off locations throughout the city from Wednesday through Sept. 18. Those who wish to donate items can bring them in between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
City officials said a list of items accepted include:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Commonwealth of the Bahamas