UIndy students provide hurricane relief in Texas

Before the spring semester even got started, a group of students and staff from the University of Indianapolis boarded a bus for Texas on a mission to provide hurricane relief. Hurricane Harvey has been out of the headlines for months, but the devastation from record flooding remains.

Nearly two-dozen students traveled to the Orange, Texas area cleaning up damaged homes and installing drywall, sheetrock and insulation. Jonathan Yorkowitz, associate dean of students, says the trip is a continuation of the strong campus response to last fall’s hurricane season.

“The staff wanted to continue to do more, because it’s not just the immediate impact, but the long-term impact disaster has on individuals, families, and communities for years to come,” Yorkowitz said.


The group of 23 students and two staff will work with United Methodist Relief on clean-up and restoration of homes impacted by flooding. Students were selected for the trip through an application process.

“The University of Indianapolis is about ‘Education for Service’ and this work exemplifies that desire. With that in mind, we asked students if they would be interested in participating in a service trip and received an overwhelming response,” Yorkowitz explained.

Shortly after Harvey struck, the Division of Student and Campus Affairs worked with through the office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Programs to partner with UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) and gather donations of much-needed toiletries for those who were impacted. A fundraising drive also was established to send monetary donations to the Houston (Texas) Food Bank to purchase supplies. Additionally, a blood drive was organized to help restock blood supplies at the Indiana Blood Center after many units of blood were contributed to the victims in Texas.

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