University works to aid flood victims

June 17 2008

The Indiana State University community continues to do its part to assist victims of flooding in the Wabash Valley. Here is a rundown of the latest flood relief efforts.

Lending a helping hand
Student volunteers from Indiana State University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology turned out on Saturday (June 14)to help ISU philosophy Professor Judith Barad and her husband with the clean up of their home. The house, located in southern Vigo County, was inundated by floodwaters during the early morning hours of June 7. Student volunteers were coordinated by the ISU Center for Public Service and Community Engagement.

Volunteer Center set up at fairgrounds
The Vigo County Volunteer Service Center for flood relief has been established at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds. Those wishing to volunteer should be at the volunteer center any day, Monday through Saturday (no Sundays) at 8 a.m. The center will provide the necessary waivers, instructions for the day, as well as directions to the site. Volunteers will be deployed by 8:15 a.m. Work will continue until 4 p.m. at which time volunteers will return to the Service Center to clean and return tools.

University employees who wish to volunteer a day for flood relief may do so through this service center. The center is operated by Operation Blessing, a national relief organization that partners with Indiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. The Volunteer Service Center is at 3901 US 41 South in the Drivers Education Building of the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds. Housing is available for groups coming from out of town.

ISU faculty, staff and students are asked to contact Donna Isbell in the Center for Public Service and Community Engagement at 812-237-2334 or for additional information.

Dean of students office collecting items for student flood victims
Many Indiana State University students lost everything due to flooding. Some students have been relocated while others are staying with friends and family.

The Dean of Students Office has been in communication with approximately 42 students who are flood victims. While many of them have immediate needs to be addressed, currently the most needed items are for personal hygiene, paper products, cleaning supplies, and quarters for laundry. Anyone wishing to donate items from the list, you may bring donations (no clothes, please) to Hulman Memorial Student Union, Room 813. Donations will be accepted until 3 p.m. on Friday, June 20. Students will pick up items from 4-6 p.m. Friday. For more information, contact Al Perone at 812-237-8111 or send an e-mail to

Foundation establishes flood relief account
The Indiana State University Foundation has established a flood relief account allowing all members of the ISU family to contribute in a structured and charitable way. These funds will be used to meet the short term needs of ISU faculty, staff and students who were hit the hardest by the flood.

In addition, the foundation has set aside $5,000 from its operating budget to jumpstart the relief efforts.

Members of the ISU community in need of assistance may complete an application form that is available in the foundation offices on the third floor of Gillum Hall or from the development offices is each of the colleges.

Those not impacted by the flood who would like to help other members of the university are asked to contribue to the relief effort via cash, check, or payroll deduction.

Compiled by: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or

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The Indiana State University community continues to do its part to assist victims of flooding in the Wabash Valley.

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