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Drake State joins the Alabama Community College System’s RAISE the ROOF for Haiti relief efforts


HUNTSVILLE – Dr. Helen McAlpine joined State Board of Education members, other college presidents and Alabama Community College System Chancellor Freida Hill on Thursday to announce a system-wide effort to help rebuild Haiti.
“The RAISE the ROOF for Haiti campaign will raise funds for Habitat for Humanity Haiti, a program that has been building sturdy, small homes in Haiti for the past quarter-century,” the chancellor said. “We are inviting employees, students and partners of all our institutions and the Department of Postsecondary Education to participate in this campaign.”

Hill praised the outpouring of emergency relief fundraising efforts throughout the state and the college system. “These emergency relief efforts are vitally important to saving lives in a still-unstable situation in Haiti, and we encourage our institutions to continue them,” Hill said. “But those of us who remember the lessons of Hurricane Katrina know that the long-term recovery efforts are just as daunting.”
Habitat for Humanity notes that so many Haitians are now homeless that “long after the cameras have left, Habitat for Humanity still will be on the ground building houses and hope with families desperate for both.”

Here’s what RAISE the ROOF for Haiti dollars will buy:

  • $1,000 - $2,500: Transitional shelters (one-room wood, concrete block and tin-roof homes for a typical Haitian family of five).
  • $4,000 - $6,000: Core houses – small, but well-constructed and disaster-resistant, permanent structures for a family of five.
  • Thousands of these homes will be needed, and Habitat is committed to building as many as funding allows.
  • Debris clean-up and building repairs. Habitat’s design and construction of transitional and core houses comply with international humanitarian standards.

Participating colleges will post this link on their home pages: Donations will go directly to Habitat for Humanity Haiti and will be tracked to each participating institution. Donors will receive receipts for tax purposes, and are reminded that all donations made by March 1 can be deducted from 2009 taxes.

The RAISE the ROOF for HAITI campaign continues through April in honor of National Community College Month.

In addition to participating in RAISE the ROOF for HAITI, Drake State is also collecting cases of bottled water in support of Alabama Water for Haiti; a program co-sponsored by State Representatives Laura Hall and Mac McCutcheon as well as Councilman Richard Showers. Alabama Water for Haiti has a goal of collecting one million bottles of water.

Drake State is also collecting medical supplies in support of The National Association for the Prevention of Starvation (NAPS). Students, faculty and friends of the college are encouraged to bring medical supplies to the campus Admissions Office for donation through the end of the month.

A list of items needed by NAPS and the link to donate to RAISE the ROOF for HAITI can be found on the college’s home page at     

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