In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, several Louisiana Delta Community College faculty and staff members pooled resources to aid victims displaced by the storm.
A few examples of volunteerism:
- Many Delta employees donated money to the Red Cross through a collegewide funds drive.
- Assistant Professor of English Mary Spicer, along with the Delta Christian Fellowship, collected donations to be given to the 39 evacuees taking shelter at Cheniere Baptist Church as well as those at the Monroe Civic Center. Spicer adopted a family and donated her family’s camp property for them to live in.
- Tiffany Green, department chair of Math, Science and Business Technology, organized a used textbook drive with donations to be received by displaced Louisiana Community and Technical College System students seeking enrollment at Delta.
- Instructor of English Karen Harmon encouraged each of her students to create and donate care packages to one of the area shelters. She also donated six full-service spots at her RV park near Tallulah. Harmon also volunteered many hours at the Monroe Civic Center where she brought art supplies for children to color and draw with (pictured above). “Children came from every direction and lit up with smiles and excitement at the sight of the markers and poster board,” she said.
- Don Wheeler, assistant professor of math, worked with the Ouachita Office of Homeland Security to set up four computers at the Red Cross shelter at the Civic Center so that residents could attempt to email and communicate with family and loved ones in South Louisiana and Mississippi.
- Sophomore pre-nursing student Richard Pace of Farmerville worked as a medic in the shelters in Baton Rouge.
- Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education Donna Guice advised the Delta Early Childhood Organization (DECO) in an effort they called “Bags for Kids.” The club filled over 100 goodie bags filled with things for children to do and took them to the Monroe Civic Center. “It is our hope that we brought a tiny measure of pleasure to the lives of the youngest victims of Katrina,” Guice said.
- Delta student workers Amber Balch and Amy McCormick rounded up donations to purchase much-needed toiletries for female evacuees.
- Many other Delta students also volunteered at area shelters and gave donations to the evacuees.