With the sad and unfortunate news of the tornados in Western Kentucky this past weekend, the chapters at the University of Louisville, Western Kentucky, and Centre College are taking action.
The Louisville chapter is accepting donations from water, food, and clothing or monetary donations. To learn how you can donate, call or text the chapter’s Eminent Archon Dalton Green at 270-537-3899.
The chapter has a 12-inch trailer they plan to use in collecting donations outside the local Kroger grocery store. With many brothers from Bowling Green, they plan to take most of the donations to the communities surrounding that area. Any monetary donations will go straight to a relief fund or possibly a bunch of $50 VISA gift cards to donate to families.
“The Province is working together and will probably build a year-long fundraiser or service project, because right now there isn’t a lot of hands-on working like cleaning up, especially with all the power lines down,” Green said. “They don’t really need the hands-on help right now, we’d just be in the way. Here in a month or so, we’ll probably have more guys that are making those trips weekly to help clean up and rebuild the cities.”
According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Kentucky death toll is up to over 70 people with more than 100 residents still unaccounted for. The governor of Kentucky Andy Beshear confirmed more than 1,000 properties were destroyed.
The Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Panhellenic at Western Kentucky started a Go Fund Me for the community in Bowling Green. Right now they have raised $570. Any donations can be dropped off at the chapter house located at 300 Alumni Ave in Bowling Green.
“I know that our chapter is very interested in helping in whatever way we can,” Centre College Eminent Archon Will Cline said. “I know that Joe Anderson is planning a province-wide event that I’m sure we will be a part of. I am working with some family members I have from Mayfield, Kentucky to help set up a fundraiser-type thing that KY Kappa can take lead on.”
It’s unfortunate these communities are in this position but we are proud our local chapters are taking the extra step to try and help. Below are more photos of Province Xi helping assist.