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September 02, 2005

Hurricane Katrina assistance

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Extension Disaster Education Network's Web site, www.eden.lsu.edu, is serving as a resource to match assistance offers with needs. Also, the memo below outlines how Extension employees can assist colleagues in affected states.

"At the joint AEA/ASRED meeting held this week in Charleston, SC, Extension Directors and Administrators agreed whole heartedly to assist Extension faculty and staff, predominantly in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, who have suffered personal loss as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Many Extension employee families lost their homes and/or possessions.

People from numerous states have sent messages offering to provide any assistance possible. Given this outpouring of heart-felt wishes to help the Extension family from these states, we are providing a mechanism for voluntary personal cash donations from the Extension System faculty and staff. The funds collected will be distributed through Extension Directors and Administrators in the affected states, who will identify Extension faculty and staff who have suffered from Hurricane Katrina’s devastation.

A committee (James Wade, Clyde Chesney, Linda William-Willis, Joe Zublena and Bernadette Hinkle) has been appointed to help facilitate the acceptance and distribution of funds to assist Extension faculty and staff in those parishes and counties that have suffered personal loss.

The details of where and how to make contributions and donations will be available early next week (Sept. 9). Efforts are underway to make it an easy and accessible process for all in the extension system. All donations are tax deductible and donors will receive a receipt for their donation for tax purposes.

We appreciate the great expression of caring and concern that our Extension family has shown in this time of need to reach out and show support to our peers, colleagues and friends in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Thank you in advance for your prayers, best wishes, and support of the Extension faculty and staff that have been affected personally by Hurricane Katrina."

--Dr. Ivory Lyles, Chair, ASRED
--Dr. Noland Williams, Chair, AEA

Posted by Natalie at September 2, 2005 06:00 PM