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Involvement Central

Junior exercise physiology major Eleni Balouris works the desk for Involvement Central, a new student resource coordinating student relief efforts in the wake of Thursday's storms.

Photographer: Anne Cummings

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Student relief response coordinated through Involvement Central


Students interested in volunteering with clean-up or relief efforts in the wake of Thursday’s storms are encouraged to visit Involvement Central, a new student resource located in the atrium on the third floor of Baker University Center.

As a function of the Campus Involvement Center, Involvement Central offers information on a wide array of student opportunities, but Dean of Students Ryan Lombardi said the center will focus on the relief efforts “indefinitely and until we feel like the community has recovered.”

Currently, Involvement Central staff is collecting names and contact information of students interested in volunteering.

“Once we have a firm understanding of how students can assist, we’ll email students that want to volunteer with specific opportunities,” said Kevin Smith, assistant director of the Campus Involvement Center for Leadership and Community Service.

“Right now, we are trying to inform students that direct volunteerism is not needed, but donations that they can provide are encouraged,” added Smith.

Items currently being collected at Involvement Central include nonperishable food items, clothing and toiletries.

Involvement Central will be open for extended hours during the weekend to assist with the coordination of student relief efforts. Student volunteers will work in shifts to keep the desk open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The desk will resume normal business hours on Monday.

“We had a very large outpouring of support by students and student organizations,” Lombardi said. “I’ve been very pleased with the response. Student definitely want to support the community.”

For more information on the Athens County Relief Initiative, visit http://www.ohio.edu/students/athensrelief/.