Culver students are finding that something as simple as a phone call at the right time can make a big difference.
Volunteers spent Friday afternoon and Monday evening calling alumni during a special Hurricane Relief Phone-a-thon. They were calling those impacted by Hurricane Harvey to see how people are doing, gain insight on their experiences, and let them know others in Culver were thinking about them. They will compare notes and stories during their leadership classes.
Kameron Hussey ’18 (Crown Point, Indiana), Regan Murphy ’18 (Plainfield, Illinois), and George Cruickshank ’18 (Anchorage, Alaska) are the student organizers. While many of the calls went to voicemail, which the students had a message prepared for that instance, Hussey said they were able to reach several people. One person’s comment really resonated with students: “It sometimes takes a hurricane to remind us all that what people need are other people.”
The call center has been established in two rooms of the Eppley Hall of the Humanities. The calls Friday and Monday concentrated on Houston and the surrounding area. But with Hurricane Irma’s destruction across the Southeast, volunteers are planning to continue their efforts.
The students are working with leadership instructors Stephanie Scopelitis ’83, Chris Kline ’82, and Nancy McKinnis; Angie Strobel ’98 and Anne Kelley ’94 of student life; Ben Nowalk ’07 of the alumni office. Faculty members Gabrielle DiLorenzo and Dan Davidge and staff member Jackie Smith also participated.