Ways to help after a crisis
First, thank you for seeking out ways to help. Our Florida State community is known for its collective sense of responsibility and care for others. Your desire to serve at this time is evidence of this fact.
Next, if you are in crisis or need of support as a result of the hurricanes, please contact the Dean of Students Office at 850-644-2428 or dos.fsu.edu immediately to receive assistance.
Finally, in times of crisis and response, it is critical to help in ways that are most relevant to those affected and aren’t unintentionally more burdensome. Below are suggestions for effective and helpful service that will assist in the short- and long-term processes of healing, rebuilding and resiliency of our communities.
When engaging in immediate response, seek out efforts coordinated by local agencies with international reach who are trained and prepared for crisis response. In Tallahassee, here are places to begin:
- Local American Red Cross resources
- America’s Second Harvest Food Bank – Tallahassee’s Chapter of the Nation’s Food Bank Network
- Volunteer weekly at Second Harvest through Community Outreach (transportation provided!)
- VolunteerLeon – Leon County Volunteer Center
In the short- and long-term process of recovery, financial resources are desperately needed. As an individual, you can donate to a recovery effort that aligns with your values, sign up for a fundraising event, or join with friends to create and host a fundraiser to support recovery efforts.
Grab a friend and head to your local blood donation location. Check oneblood.org to find out when the Big Red Bus will be on campus or for times and donation centers around Tallahassee.
Invest in the long-term health of communities through a semester of service funded by the Moellership Program. Learn more about the program and application.
Work side by side with your peers by joining FSU’s Habitat for Humanity chapter. Habitat meets on campus in the Dunlap Student Success Center on Mondays at 6 p.m.
The resilience of our communities is a day to day responsibility for all of us. For anyone looking to serve our local community here are ongoing efforts led by Florida State students:
- Community Outreach – The Community Outreach Program gives students the opportunity to get involved in community service on a regular basis, with projects to choose from almost daily. Projects are student-led and are offered at a variety of nonprofit agencies. Students can sign up for projects as early as one week in advance and up to the day of the project.
- Florida State Alternative Breaks – Florida State Alternative Breaks facilitates accessible service immersion experiences for students to create sustainable change in partnership with local, national, and international community organizations and their constituents. Applications for 2018 trips are open through Oct. 4.
- Community Ambassadors – Community ambassadors link local nonprofit agencies with the people, programs, and resources on FSU's campus.
Join us in creating positive, sustainable change in our campus, local, state, national and international communities. Please share your ideas and questions concerning any of these opportunities with us.
- Walk in Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to our office in the Dunlap Student Success Center.
- Seek us out anytime online or through social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
- Sign up for a time that works for you and get some in-person advice on ways to become more engaged.