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OCU students and staff assist in tornado relief effort

Kyle Schwab Published: July 10, 2013

All full-time staff members at Oklahoma City University, during the months of May and June, were allowed up to 18 paid hours to volunteer towards tornado relief during regularly scheduled work time.

OCU established a disaster relief committee the day after the May 20 tornado and has since then been heavily involved with helping those affected by all the recent twisters.

“It’s an ongoing effort,” said Leslie Berger, OCU’s director of public relations. “We’re continuing as we hear of volunteer needs.”

Faculty, staff, and students have helped with everything from accumulating supplies and food to getting their hands dirty doing debris cleanup. OCU also partnered with Goodwill, providing volunteers.

  • OCU opened up its housing for members of the campus community who needed temporary housing.
  • The Kramer School of Nursing collected basically anything that would help those affected through July 1.
  • Kappa Sigma organized a food drive accepting nonperishable donations through May 25. The fraternity directly delivered all donations to the Oklahoma Red Cross.

Alumni from Oklahoma CityUniversity, University of Oklahoma, and University of CentralOklahoma joined special guests from Broadway June 23 for a benefit cabaret at New York City’s Laurie Beechman Theatre called “Oklahoma Rising.” The event raised more than $2,200, which will go to the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornado Relief Fund, Berger said.