According to Chaplain Paula Norbert, students have contributed more than $10,000 in special collections taken up at on-campus Masses in recent weeks. Faculty members and support staff have also made generous contributions to the fund-raising effort, she said.
Norbert said that regular collections at student Masses - which normally are earmarked for local charities - are in the $500 range. The special collections for the hurricane relief fund averaged nearly $1,400.
"It's a real testament to the passion of our students," Norbert said. "The kids clearly made a great effort to help. It seems that so many of us know people who are associated with our volunteer work in Nicaragua, and this response and kindness has helped us to heal after this terrible disaster."
Molly Moore '99, who traveled to Nicaragua as an Ignacio Volunteer two years ago, raised over $11,000 for the effort after speaking before parishioners at Chicago's St. John Fisher Church two weeks ago.
A team of student and staff volunteers also collected $11,500 from fans attending the Boston College-Notre Dame football game at Alumni Stadium on Nov. 7.
Funds collected in these efforts are sent to three grass-roots agencies in Nicaragua that have been affiliated with the University's Immersion Volunteer program. A portion is also sent to the Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus for use by missionary priests of that organization working in Honduras.
"People like to be assured that their contributions go to good groups, and that the money will actually get to those who need it," Norbert said.
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