UA Reaches Students Affected by Hurricane Harvey

  • August 30th, 2017

See below for ways to donate items, money and time.

As images and stories of devastation from Hurricane Harvey continue to surface from south Texas and Louisiana, The University of Alabama has remained focused on providing the necessary resources and support to our students from the affected areas. We have identified 603 enrolled students who are from the 29 counties and five parishes covered in the presidential disaster declarations. Appropriate UA staff have reached out to these students. We have also reached out to alumni in the area.

“As we survey the footage and continue to hear of the loss in Houston and southeast Texas, we are devastated with and for our many students and alumni from the area as well as everyone else who has been affected by the storm,” said UA President Dr. Stuart Bell. “Born and raised in Texas, my wife Susan and I are particularly heartbroken at what we are seeing.”

The Office of Student Care and Wellbeing has shared the services and support structures available to students, and will continue to work with affected students on their individual needs.

“As a university, we are concerned for our students, alumni, and their families. We have many groups and individuals ready to assist and resources available,” said Bell. “If you need support, please reach out to us so we can help in this time of difficulty. The University of Alabama is a place characterized by compassion to those hurting and in need, and we will continue to offer our heartfelt support as Texas recovers in the days ahead.”

The UA Counseling Center and Office of the Dean of Students are also available to provide additional assistance to students. In the coming days and weeks, UA’s Center for Service and Leadership will lead campus initiatives to provide assistance and relief to storm victims. More information on efforts such as a blood drive and a fall break trip to the area will be forthcoming. Follow CSL on Facebook for more information.

As a university that has experienced the devastation of natural disasters, we will continue to offer support and service to our friends and students in Texas and Louisiana.

Continue to check the UA News Center for more announcements and information concerning immediate relief efforts.

Ways to Assist with Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

The Center for Service and Leadership will be conducting the following drives:

Tuesday, Sept.  5

Drive for Canterbury
Drop Off: Canterbury Chapel
Items: baby supplies, non-perishable foods, insect repellant, blankets, flashlights, new towels

Gift Card Drive for Clear Creek Independent School District, Houston, and University Baptist Church, Houston
Co-hosted by The Source and Office of Student Involvement
Drop Off: 1100 Ferguson Center and Information Desks at Get On Board Day
Items: gift cards

Wednesday, Sept. 6

Diaper Drive for Houston Diaper Bank
Co-hosted by the Black Student Union and Office of Student Care & Wellbeing
Drop Off: 1100 Ferguson Center
Items: diapers of all sizes

Thursday, Sept. 7

Women’s Hygiene Products Drive for Support Our Girls and #HappyPeriod
Co-hosted by Women and Gender Resource Center and UA Panhellenic Association
Drop Off: 1100 Ferguson Center and Women and Gender Resource Center at 2000 South Lawn Office Building
Items: tampons and pads

Friday, Sept. 8 

Gift Card Drive benefitting Wedgewood Elementary, Friendswood Texas
Co-hosted by University Programming, Dean of Students Office and Phi Beta Phi
Drop Off: 1100 Ferguson Center
Items: cards to Walmart, Target, etc.

Saturday, Sept. 9 (8–11 a.m.)

Water, Support the United Way and Athletics Drive
Co-Sponsored: United Way, UA Athletics and Coleman Worldwide Moving
Drop Off: The truck will be stationed near light pole #30 in the University Mall parking lot adjacent to McFarland Blvd.
Items: water; non-perishable, nutritional food, including canned items and can openers; baby diapers, wipes, food and formula; cleaning supplies; dishes and eating utensils; new towels and washcloths; and new bedding (all sizes sheets, blankets and mattress covers

Sept. 12, 13, 14 (10 a.m.–4 p.m.)
Blood Drive: American Red Cross
3rd Floor Ferguson Center

More Ways to Donate

UA is a generous community, and the following are some of the non-profit entities accepting hurricane relief donations or supplies. For the latest information on relief efforts and how to help, go to

Monetary Donations

American Red Cross

Houston Food Bank

United Way of Greater Houston

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund 

Amazon Wish Lists 

Items purchased for Houston shelters from Amazon Wish Lists will be drone delivered.

George R Brown Convention Center

5th Ward Multiservice Center

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