I speak for the entire Washington College community in expressing dismay at the magnitude of the devastation in Louisiana and Mississippi, and concern for the many thousands of people whose lives have been disrupted by the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina.
Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones, homes, and livelihoods, and in particular to those Washington College students, alumni, and friends personally affected by this tragedy. We have many alumni and friends from the Gulf States, and in recent years have had several alumni move to Louisiana and Alabama to pursue professional and graduate studies. Our thoughts are with them during this crisis.
In times such as these, our first inclination is to seek information and to offer assistance. We have received many calls asking about the safety of Washington College community members who might have felt the brunt of the hurricane. We have established this bulletin board to help all of us stay in touch with one another. We invite you to share your news, well wishes, or questions for those dealing with the hurricane's aftermath.
In addition, we have also received inquiries from those seeking to donate funds to aid victims of the hurricane. The link below provides a list of charitable organizations providing disaster relief and assistance.
In our increasingly interconnected world, let us remember that even the smallest charitable deed or word can make a difference in the lives of others.