“I am both gratified and humbled by the incredible outpouring of support for the typhoon victims. As a proud alumna (Class of 2012) of ECC, I am well aware of the generosity of our students and staff when it comes to helping those truly in need,” said Nicole Rapista, who grew up in the Philippines.
The College’s Urban Issues Institute (UII) served as the coordination point for the relief drive, which began in earnest a week after the typhoon struck November 8, leaving more than 5,000 dead and an estimated 12 million people directly affected.
“We are a (local) community college, but we are global in nature,” said Margaret Stevens, Director of the UII. “Staff and students from nearly administrative and academic wing of the college donated clothing items. In addition, students from nearly every club contributed to our collecting funds for our Red Cross drive.”
In a few short weeks, more than a 1,000 items were donated by students and staff throughout the College, as well as monetary donations. The Inter-Club Council representing various student organizations oversaw the cash donations.
“As this effort demonstrates, something about pulling together in times of human crisis brings out people’s most humane qualities,” said Professor Stevens.