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Supporting Disaster Relief in Virginia

Many Virginians are concerned about the communities across the Commonwealth that suffered damage and extraordinary losses during the recent earthquake, tornadoes, and Hurricane Irene - and about the families in those communities that have been left with few resources to help them recover.

Earlier this week, Governor McDonnell announced the creation of the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund through which individuals and corporations can provide financial contributions to assist in the recovery.

Members of the University of Virginia community, including students, staff and faculty, have long believed in the importance of helping their fellow citizens during crises. This time is no exception. Students have already put into motion a plan of action. Like they did after Hurricane Katrina, a corps of student volunteers will be at Saturday's home football game to collect donations for the Disaster Relief Fund. Students will be stationed outside all gates prior to the 6 p.m. kickoff against William & Mary.

In addition to game-day giving, we are making two other ways available for those wishing to make a contribution:

  • To donate by credit card online, please visit https://payments.vi.virginia.gov/donatenow/.

  • To donate by check or money order, make your gift payable to the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund and send to U.Va. Community Relations, P. O. Box 400229. The office, which administers the annual Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign, will tally the donations and forward them to the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund. For more info, see http://www.virginia.edu/cvc/.

Thank you all for your ongoing generosity and your willingness to help those in need.

Terry Sullivan