Typhoon Haiyan Relief – You Can Help

Typhoon Haiyan Relief

As international relief efforts gather momentum, the student body and Pace Center for Civic Engagement are helping to organize Typhoon Haiyan relief on campus. Typhoon Haiyan blew across the Pacific archipelago of the Philippines packing sustained winds of 195 mph. More powerful than Hurricane Katrina, Haiyan has affected 9.5 million people across the Philippines and displaced at least 600,000 according to the United Nations. Authorities are calling it one of the worst natural disasters on record.

In response, members of various student organizations and the broader student body met with the Pace Center and Office of Religious Life and discussed actions that could be taken to raise funds for and awareness about the crisis. Four student-led ad hoc committees emerged and are now working to tackle key response efforts here on campus. To join the relief effort, reach out to the committee you’re interested in or take part in the many activities shaping up on campus.


Bonfire T-shirt Sales and Donation Collection

Bonfire T-shirts will be on sale during Friday Late Meal Lunch 1-3 p.m. in the Frist Campus Center and from 6-9 p.m. at the Bonfire on Cannon Green. Sale proceeds will go to the three student recommended charities: Oxfam International, Catholic Relief Services and Stiftung Solarengergie. Students will also be roving with collection buckets at the Bonfire to accept cash donations. 

Frist Center Tabling – Awareness and Donations

Stop by with a contribution or lend your time to volunteer. The Awareness and Communications group will be manning a table in the Frist Campus Center near the Information Center starting the week of November 18:

Monday: 11:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 11:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday: 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Stay tuned for more information on a benefit concert and other activities.

Ad Hoc Committees

Awareness and Communications

Rebecca Lowy (Chair)

Jan AlegreRaya BuensuesoKelly HatfieldGrace JeonCarly LayMissy NovokonoMelody QiuLorenzo Quiogue 

Pace Center Staff Advisor: Communications Coordiantor Gwen McNamara


Megan McGuire (Chair)

Nusrat AhmedGabriel CatapangCJ HarrisLuke LiMelody QiuRicardo De los ReyesNathan SuekAndrew SunMa. Florevel C. Fusin-Wischusen

Pace Center Staff Advisor: Business Manager Carey Hoover


Nusrat AhmedRicardo De los ReyesLeora FriedmanCJ HarrisDiane JeonLuke LiNathan SuekAndrew SunMichelle Ann Tan

Pace Center staff advisor: Program Coordinator Keira Wilson, keiraw@princeton.edu

Community Connections

Lori Bin, Grace Jeon

Pace Center staff advisor: Assistant Director Dave Brown

Organizations to Support

The Fundraising group was charged with identifying organizations to receive funds from Princeton University fundraising efforts. The group met on November 15 to discuss criteria for how to choose the recipient organizations, following University rules on faculty and staff involvement, and adhering to guidelines on responsible giving. The University suggested donating to organizations on the Interaction website, which have been vetted for effectiveness by the US State Department, and encouraged the group to consider issues such as organizational mission, capacity, and how those align with its goals.

The Fundraising group determined the following were important:

v  Organizations that are on the ground now, have the capacity to respond immediately, but are not getting a large influx of assistance

v  Targeting NGOs rather than UN-affiliated organizations, as the latter are receiving large amounts of bi-lateral aid

v  To maximize giving and trust, we prefer organizations that are known to the Princeton University community

v  Organizations that adhere to best practices of humanitarian assistance

The group prioritized organizations that focus on shelter, water, and energy, as these are immediate needs that facilitate other aspects of the relief effort. Moreover, it prioritized organizations that have a long-term presence in the Philippines and will be around after the immediate needs have been met, so they can focus on long-term recovery 

The following organizations met the Fundraising group’s criteria, and two of them appear on the Interaction list of recommended organizations.  The third has a unique approach to relief efforts and strong ties to the Princeton community.

Catholic Relief Services (http://crs.org/countries/philippines) has been in the Philippines since 1945.  They have responded to countless natural disasters in the past, and were on the ground in affected areas before the typhoon made landfall.  CRS will meet urgent needs for temporary shelter, household items and water and sanitation.   Longer-term recovery will support the rebuilding of homes through transitional shelters and agricultural and other livelihoods. 

Oxfam (http://www.oxfam.org/en/philippines) is an international confederation of 17 organizations in more than 90 countries that has responded to many disasters in the Philippines and supports recovery efforts.  As roads are cleared, Oxfam will be delivering water and sanitation kits to the worst affected areas and providing assistance for essentials like fuel, medicine and transport.  Their goal is to reach 500,000 people affected by the crisis.  

Stiftung Solarenergie (http://www.solar.org.ph/foundation)is a Filipino organization led by Princeton graduate and trustee Jaime Ayala (’84) that provides rural off-grid villages with solar lamps that can be used to charge small electronics.  They are one of the few organizations focused on providing light and electricity in the wake of the disaster, which is very critical for relief work since power is out for the next few months, or longer.  They are currently on the ground across disaster sites through their partner network.  Once the relief is over, the solar systems can be re-purposed on a permanent basis for the schools and hospitals, or used in homes as resettlement proceeds.

Fundraising Information and Guidelines

The Office of Religious Life (ORL) and the Pace Center for Civic Engagement are supporting the fundraising efforts on behalf of students and student organizations.

All fundraising events MUST be pre-approved  by a staff member of the Pace Center or ORL. Please send all requests for approval, along with a short summary of date, time, location and nature of event. Please include contact information for the students/student organizations sponsoring the event. Carey Hoover, Pace Center Business Manager (Frist Campus Center, 201C) will be responsible for receiving funds from student’s events and transferring to ORL.

The Pace Center will provide a cash box to receive these donations. All check donations should be made payable to:  Princeton University Chapel, notation:  Typhoon Relief.  Cash/checks should not be kept in individual’s possession.  At the conclusion of the fundraising event, the donations/cash box must be turned in to the Pace Center. 

If the event is after normal business hours, students should contact Public Safety to request use of a safety deposit box.  The funds will be held at Public Safety until the funds can be taken to the Pace Center. (Public Safety can provide for transport to the Public Safety Office for deposit of funds).  It is the responsibility of the student who obtained the safety deposit box at Public Safety to retrieve the donations during normal business hours and deliver the donations/cash box to the Pace Center. 

Donations may not be solicited through charges to a student's University account.

To set up tables for fundraising purposes, student or groups should obtain permission from those persons in charge of the facility at which they wish to solicit and should inform the ORL and Pace staff. 

The above information is based on guidelines available here: