FAU's Global Outreach

Global crises serve as reminders of the needs of many throughout the world. This page will provide resources to help the FAU community consolidate and coordinate response efforts. Current relief efforts include outreach to various crises that have occurred within and outside of the United States.

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FAU Day of Service:

On Friday, October 20th, SAVI (Students Advocating Volunteer Involvement) and Weppner Center for LEAD and Service-Learning are hosting the FAU Day of Service. The Day of Service will consist of a supply packaging effort, that is designed to help individuals that have been impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Martin/Sint Maarten, and the Florida Keys. The day will go from 12 p.m. to 5p.m. and will feature a variety of ways to get involved with our disaster relief efforts. For more information, please contact (561) 297-3607.

Collection efforts will take place on all of FAU’s campuses from Tuesday, October 17th through Thursday, October 19th:
Boca Raton campus: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Live Oak Pavilion
Jupiter Campus: 8 a.m. Burrow
Broward Campuses: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Student Union on the Davie campus
Items Needed:
  • Baby formula
  • Baby wipes
  • Band-Aids
  • Batteries (all sizes)
  • Battery operated fans
  • Bug spray
  • Cereal bars
  • Diapers (all sizes)
  • Diaper cream (zinc oxide)
  • Ensure (children and adults)
  • Hygiene wipes
  • Individually-wrapped snacks
  • Neosporin
  • Socks
  • Shoes/sneakers
  • Squeeze applesauce
  • Tuna in pouches
  • Toothpaste
  • Protein bars
  • Underwear (all sizes)
  • Water
  • Hands On Tzedakah and Boca/Delray Hurricane Relief
  • FAU Men’s Basketball
  • Students Advocating Volunteer Involvement (SAVI)
  • Weppner Center for LEAD and Service-Learning

FAU students register at: fau.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/142132 * Community members do not need to register

Palm Beach County Cares:

Organizations from across Palm Beach County are hosting a concerted effort to collect supplies to then transport to Puerto Rico. Students/faculty/staff are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items to individuals negatively affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. FAU is partnering the Palm Beach County Cares coalition to respond to the needs of Puerto Rico.

As part of Homecoming Week, the Weppner Center for LEAD and Service-Learning is hosting the FAU Day of Service, and is also collecting donations beginning Tuesday, October 17th from 4-8 p.m. and continuing Wednesday and Thursday from 4-8 p.m. and culminating with the FAU Day of Service on Friday, October 20th (donations will also be accepted on Friday). All donations will be accepted at Live Oak Pavilion. Contact (561) 297-3607 for additional information.

More information on Palm Beach County Cares can be found here.

Items that can be donated (please do not donate any opened, expired, or glass items):
  • Baby formlia
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby and adult pain relief medicine
  • Batteries (all sizes)
  • Battery operated fans
  • Bedding
  • Blankets
  • Can openers
  • Canned goods
  • Canned and dry pet food
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Diapers (baby and adult)
  • Extension Cords
  • Female hygiene products
  • First Aid Kits
  • Flashlights
  • General hygiene products (hand-wipes, soap, sanitizers, etc.)
  • Insect repellant
  • Pillows
  • Small generators
  • Stomach and diarrhea relief medicine
  • Toilet paper and paper towels (large packages)
  • Toiletries

  • Adolph & Rose Levis JCC Sandler Center -
    • Volunteers will be collecting items (information below) at the Adolph & Rose Levis JCC Sandler Center's Beifield Auditorium on the Federation Campus, 21050 95th Ave. South in Boca Raton*. Donation hours: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm daily.
    • Volunteers will be collecting items (information below) at the Adolph & Rose Levis JCC Sandler Center's Beifield Auditorium on the Federation Campus, 21050 95th Ave. South in Boca Raton*. Donation hours: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm daily.
    • This is a community-wide effort that includes the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and its agencies, Hands on Tzedakah, many synagogue and many other local organizations. The donations will be used here, locally, and sent wherever needed outside of the area. A list of needed supplies is accessible: here
    • Specific needs and requests will be assessed and prioritized before the first truckload of supplies is sent out.
      • *Must enter campus from the 95th Avenue South entrance. A valid driver's license is required to enter campus. Directions to the drop off site will be given at the Guard Gate.
    • For more information, call Summer Faerman at 561-571-1274 or email at summer@handsontzedakah.org.
  • Neighbors4Neighbors:
    • Neighbors4Neighbors is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization created in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. WFOR-TV CBS 4 in Miami in conjunction with other media outlets across Miami-Dade and Broward Counties have organized ways to volunteer as well as donate to Hurricane Irma relief. For more information, visit: http://neighbors4neighbors.org/Irma.
  • Salvation Army and United Way of Broward County:
    • The Salvation Army and the United way of Broward County are collecting donations for those that have been affected by Hurricane Irma. Items that are being requested include:
      • Hygiene Products
      • Diapers
      • Water
      • Feminine Hygiene Products
      • Non-perishable Food Items
      • Cleaning Products and Kits
      • Gift Cards
      • New Towels
      • New Blankets
    • Please contact Jenelle Aragon, United Way of Broward County at 954-308-9262 or 786-514-1734 or jaragon@unitedwaybroward.org for directions on where and when you can drop off the items.
  • SOS Children's Villages Florida: To donate to help with SOS Children's Villages Florida hurricane relief efforts visit www.sosflorida.com.
    • 60 foster children ages 2-18 years currently residing in the Village are in the process of putting their lives back together. They need funds for trauma therapy, food and hotel accommodations. The 60 children who went into shelters at Monarch High School and Ryan's Creek Middle School in Coconut Creek, were released yesterday but were unable to return to the Village due to a power outage.
  • Tri-County Animal Rescue: - To donate to help Tri-County Animal Rescue rebuild their facilities, visit: https://tricountyanimalrescue.com and click the donate tab.
    • Tri-County Animal Rescue staff and animals are safe after Hurricane Irma, however there was extensive damage to their facilities. The roof of the shelter was damaged, giant downed trees have completely destroyed their outdoor playpens, and they have multiple sections of fencing damaged due to the heavy winds. They are in desperate need of donations so they can start the rebuilding process.

Local (to FL/the FAU campuses) Organizations with Outreach Efforts for Hurricane Irma available as of September 25, 2017

  • Diaper Bank of Central Florida - The Diaper Bank of Central Florida strives to ensure every newborn, infant and toddler in our community is supplied with the most basic need-diapers.
  • Faith Farm Ministries - Faith Farm Ministries is currently in need of monetary donations and men's, women's, and kids clothing, as well as home items.
  • FAU Peace, Justice, and Human Rights (PJHR) - The PJHR Initiative is sponsoring a food/supply donation drive where students/faculty/staff are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items to individuals negatively affected by Hurricane Irma. PJHR is partnering with Boca Helping Hands to respond to the needs of the community.

    Donations can be dropped off at the PJHR office in the Arts and Humanities building (#52) in room 211 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact 561-297-4945 for any additional information.

    Non-perishable items that can be donated (please do not donate any opened, expired, or glass items):

    • Cereal and cereal bars
    • Tomato Sauce
    • Canned meat, fish, and poultry
    • Powdered Juice
    • Beans and Rice
    • Peanut Butter and Jelly
    • Milk (can or box)
    • Chef Boyardee products
    • Canned fruits and vegetables
    • Pasta
    • Soup
    • Crackers

  • Feeding South Florida - Feeding South Florida's mission is to end hunger in South Florida by providing immediate access to nutritious food, leading hunger and poverty advocacy efforts, and transforming lives through innovative programming and education.
  • Habitat Broward is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity and will be helping Broward County families once the County disaster
    assessment effort is completed.
  • HandsOn Broward
  • Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach Center the Miami Rescue Mission and the Broward Outreach Centers have indicated a need for monetary donations as well as men's, women's, and kids clothing, as well as home items.
  • The Community Foundation, the Jewish Federation and United Way of Broward County - have joined forces and launched a collaborative disaster recovery and rebuilding coalition to help support our community following Hurricane Irma.
  • United Way Palm Beach County - The United Way of Palm Beach County has a variety of ways to get involved in volunteer opportunities, financial giving, as well as getting assistance if you are in need.
  • Volunteer Florida - Volunteer Florida strengthens Florida's communities through national service, fostering volunteerism and leveraging resources and is the lead agency for volunteerism and national service in Florida.


National and International Organizations with Outreach Efforts for Natural Disasters Available as of  September 12, 2017

  • American Red Cross – American Red Cross volunteers and staff work to deliver vital services – from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies.
  • AmeriCares - a non-profit emergency response and global health organization.
  • Convoy of Hope - a faith-based, nonprofit organization who is currently collecting donations in response to Hurricane Irma to deliver help to those in need.
  • Church World Service CWS
    • CWS is processing shipments of tens of thousands of Hygiene Kits and Emergency Cleanup Buckets of vital cleaning and personal care supplies for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. If you are interested in dropping off items or making a monetary donation, please visit http://cwskits.org for more information.
    • Contact Laura Curkendall, Associate Director of Communications at lcurkendall@cwsglobal.org if you have any questions.

  • Direct Relief - a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 states and 70 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies.
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church In America - Lutheran Disaster Response brings God's hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world.
    • For more information, visit: http://www.elca.org
    • Your gifts will be used entirely (100 percent) for direct response. Together, we can help provide immediate and long-lasting support for those whose homes have been devastated or who have been otherwise affected by hurricanes. Give now to support survivors of disasters.

  • Feeding America - when you support Feeding America, you are helping our nationwide network of food banks deliver programs at the front line of hunger.
  • GlobalGiving - the largest global crowdfunding community connecting nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country, assisting nonprofits across the globe access tools, support and training they need to be more effective.
    • If you are interested in making a monetary donation to support victims of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, the earthquake in Mexico, and other natural disasters around the world, visit: https://www.globalgiving.org/

  • Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. To donate to Habitat for Humanity's general disaster response for Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, visit theirDisaster Relief Donation Page
  • Houston Food Bank - the Houston Food Bank has indicated their greatest need is also financial. Every $1 provides 3 meals to a family in need.
  • Humane Society of the United States - The Humane Society is dedicated to creating a better future for all animals.
  • Lend A Hand Bahamas -  Bahamian nonprofit that seeks to bring more activities and opportunities to socio-economically disadvantaged areas of the Bahamas.
    • Items Needed:Contact Lend A Hand Bahamas for more information
      • Canned goods and nonperishable food
      • Water (bottles, gallon jugs, etc.)
      • Batteries (AA, AAA, etc.)
      • Hygiene products (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Baby supplies (i.e. diapers, baby wipes, etc.)
      • Tarps
      • Flashlights
      • Hand sanitizer
      • Gloves and trash bags
      • Clothing and towels
      • First aid kits and other first aid supplies
    • To donate toward aid for those affected in the Bahamas by Hurricane Irma, visit their http://lendahandbahamas.org.

  • Man Dodo is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the economic, social, educational, and health care status of impoverished and underserved men, women and children of Southern Haiti.
    • To donate toward Man Dodo's efforts in Southern Haiti, visit their Donation Page.

  • Mennonite Disaster Service - a volunteer network of Anabaptist churches looking to gather volunteers who would like to assist with recent natural and manmade disasters.
  • MercyCorps, mission is to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities
    • MercyCorps is currently responding to needs in over forty countries around the globe. If you would  like to make a monetary donation, visit Humanitarian Response Fund

  • National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster – NVOAD is an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters, provides a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration; and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster.
  • One American Appeal -  a joint appeal by all five living former American Presidents to encourage their fellow citizens to support recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey and has been expanded to include those affected by Hurricane Irma, specifically in Florida.
  • Oxfam America, a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice.
  • Salvation Army - an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in his name without discrimination.
  • Samaritan's Purse - This is a non-denominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.
  • SPCA of Texas - the SPCA of Texas is in the process of intaking animals that have been abandoned in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
  • U.N. Children's Fund (Unicef) - This is a global movement for children that promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything they do.
  • United Methodist Committee, on Relief is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR's work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more.
  • World Vision , is a global humanitarian organization that helps support a variety of causes, including help for victims of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, as well as the earthquake in Mexico.


 Last Modified 10/17/17