Students from SAC, OWL, and SCAN joined together to raise funds for those impacted by recent landfalling hurricanes in the United States: Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria. $2,000 was raised and donated in memory of Carlos Furtado to One America Appeal which has promised the full amount will be used in relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma in Florida and the US Virgin Islands, and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The donation drive was covered in a story as part of OUCOVERS.
SoM faculty member Dr. Jason Furtado’s father, Carlos Furtado, passed away suddenly in the fall of 2017. Carlos was a pillar of his community, and would always do his best to help others, qualities he passed on to Dr. Furtado and qualities we all hope to emulate. In light of this loss, we donated in Carlos Furtado’s name, as a way of continuing the good that he and Dr. Furtado have done for all those around them.
We would like to thank everyone who donated to our fundraiser, and we sincerely hope our contribution can lessen the struggles of those impacted by these hurricanes.
From One America Appeal’s FAQ:
The One America Appeal is a joint appeal that was originally launched by all five living former American Presidents to encourage their fellow citizens to support recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey — which inundated the Texas Gulf Coast with unprecedented flooding. This special appeal has been expanded to include areas most affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
All donations made today will go to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida. In Texas, monies will go to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund focusing on the greater Houston region, and the Rebuild Texas Fund assisting communities across the state. In Florida, monies will go to the Florida Disaster Fund, which is the state’s official private fund to assist the state’s communities as they respond to and recover from destructive storms. In the Caribbean, donations will be distributed to Unidos Por Puerto Rico launched by the office of First Lady Beatriz Rosselló together with private sector coalition; and the Fund for the Virgin Islands which was established 25 years ago by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands for relief efforts.