9/11 Funds to be Reallocated

To The Editors:

On September 27, 2001, many students on campus donated their meals for an all-campus fast benefiting the victims of the September 11th attacks. It was calculated that over 700 students participated in this event, donating a total of $3,200. This fast was organized and coordinated by Tzedek, a Jewish social justice group on campus, as well as a new group called Hunger for Justice.
Originally, the American Red Cross was designated as the benefactors of this fundraiser because they appeared to be in immediate need of rescue funds. However when the money later became available to use, we assessed the needs of Red Cross and concluded that there were other organizations that better targeted those in need.
Therefore, we will be donating the money to the Community Service Society of New York by way of “The New York Times 9/11 Fund” rather than the American Red Cross. This fund was created in response to the tragic events of 9/11 by The New York Times to aid victims/survivors of the Trade Center catastrophe. The Community Service Society of New York “is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the generosity of private donors to help transform the lives of our city’s underprivileged individuals, families and children.” CSS of NY is one of ten designated agencies that receive money from this fund, which was established to provide cash assistance to people in the tri-state area.
Peter Goldsmith, Dean of Students, as well as other faculty members have approved this proposal. Comments to changing the designated organization from the American Red Cross to the Community Service Society of NY may be sent to OCMR boxes 1667 or 3016.

–Yael Levin
College first-year
on behalf of Tzedek

February 15
February 22

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