6/25/2009

Bringing Relief Closer to Home

  • F&M's CRA team stripping wallpaper in Lancaster.  

Franklin & Marshall’s Catastrophic Relief Alliance (CRA) has brought willing workers to help in recovery efforts in destinations such as Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Out of a desire to respond to the crises of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike, student, faculty and staff volunteers have helped to rebuild homes in storm-damaged regions since 2005.

Now, the CRA is setting its sights on providing aid closer to campus, said adviser Andy Gulati, systems librarian and senior assistant librarian. “I had been thinking about having our group work locally, so we quickly aligned with the South Ann Concerned Neighbors organization and got involved.”

The CRA devoted five days in mid-May to helping a Lancaster resident make her home suitable for an aging family member and is currently seeking other worthy nearby projects. “We want to help our college neighbors,” said Gulati, pointing out that national crises may be the ones that grab the headlines, but smaller crises also deserve attention.

Anyone who would like to contribute financial support or supplies to the CRA is invited to contact Sandi Smoker at the Ware Institute for Civic Engagement.

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