This #GivingTuesday, Guttman Offices of Community Standards and AccessABILITY, in collaboration with Guttman G.I.V.E Club were inspired to help people in Haiti survive the ravaging effects of Hurricane Matthew.
Members of the community were asked to join by making a pledge to donate or by making a donation. With 47 participants, the main event included the shared responsibility from the Guttman community to help transform lives in Haiti in the aftermath of the devastation of the earthquake and Hurricane Matthew.
We used video presentations and newspaper highlights to educate the college community about the continuing challenges in that country, more specifically the looming cholera outbreak. In addition, we advocated for help on behalf of the Haitian citizens. Many students, some of them Haitian, expressed their frustrations and sympathies with what they called the slow relief efforts. However, they praised the organizers about bringing more awareness to the issue.
While we did not ask for cash donations in person, students were directed to reputable charities such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Mission Haiti, where they can make pledges or donations.
With the theme, Be #UNselfie: Pledge to Haiti, students took selfies and photographs to highlight their reasons for giving back to Haiti. In the spirit of giving back, they also did their own renditions of "We Are The World 25"--- a remake of the original song done 25 years ago to address the world epidemic of AIDS.
Over 30 staff and students' testimonials and pledges were received to "give back to Haiti." Students will also be posting #UNselfie photos on social media @GuttmanOSC as they make pledges and in order to continue the campaign.