The College of Mount Saint Vincent has raised over $23,000 to assist survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, school officials said.
The college will donate the funds to Concern Worldwide’s Typhoon Haiyan Relief campaign. Concern Worldwide is a non-governmental international humanitarian organization that works in some of the poorest countries around the globe. The group aims to provide indigent typhoon survivors in the Philippines with clean water, sanitation and shelter.
Students at the College are planning charity events to raise money for the Typhoon Haiyan Relief campaign this week, including a special collection at the annual Filipino Heritage Mass.
The College of Mount Saint Vincent has long held a close relationship with the Philippines. Corazon Aquino, who was the first female president of the Philippines, graduated from the college in 1953. In 2010, the college presented the Elizabeth Seton Medal to Beningo Aquino, the current president of the Philippines, and Ms. Aquino’s son. Today, more than ten percent of the students enrolled at the college are of Filipino descent, according to school officials.
The College invites residents to donate online by going to the school’s website, www.mountsaintvincent.edu. Those seeking to contribute can also send checks written out to the school with “Concern Filipino Relief” in the memo to College of Mount Saint Vincent, 6301 Riverdale Ave., Riverdale, N.Y., 10471.