Alumni Unite for Hurricane Relief

When hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria struck Texas and the Caribbean, Villanovans banded together to aid those affected by the storm. These are just a few of the many ways the Villanova community has taken action.

alumni providing hurricane relief in Florida

Golf Trip Becomes Relief Mission in Florida

After Hurricane Harvey hit, Paul Speaker '86 filled a U-Haul with generators and tools and set out to help communities in need. He picked up additional help in Florida, as his friends and fellow Villanovans turned their annual golf weekend into a relief mission.

 

Alumni Hurricane Relief

Group of Alumni Brings Aid to Caribbean

Thanks to quick thinking and ingenuity, alumni launched a global effort that delivered food, water, clothes and other provisions—including a solar-powered water purification device co-invented by a Villanova alumna.

Team Rubicon Jon Connors

Alumnus and Veteran Leads Rescue Effort

Capt. Jonathan Connors '92 manages regional operations for Team Rubicon, an emergency response organization that unites the skills and experience of military veterans with first responders. 

Capt. Connors was interviewed about the organization's work in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, including immediate rescue operations and long-term recovery efforts that are expected to involve more than 1,000 volunteers. 

Students volunteering for Habitat for Humanity
Disaster Relief Fund

Disaster Relief Fund

The Villanova community has contributed more than $11,800 to the University's Disaster Relief Fund, which supports students whose families have been affected by natural disasters. 
 

Habitat for Humanity volunteers

Houston Club Organizes Day of Service

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Villanova Club of Houston organized a St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service event at Casa Juan Diego, a Catholic Worker house that serves immigrants and refugees around the Houston area. Volunteers sorted donated items and cleaned up around the site. 

The Houston Club was honored with the Villanova University Alumni Association's Rev. Ray Jackson Community Service Award for taking decisive action in service to those in need.

Students Respond to the Call

Students have held Mass collections, prayer services and fundraisers to help the victims of the recent hurricanes in Texas and the Caribbean, as well as those affected by the earthquakes in Mexico.

As part of a longstanding partnership between Campus Ministry and Habitat for Humanity in Beaumont, TX, students will participate in service break trips to the affected area in January and March 2018.