How to help: UF Law Haiti relief efforts

Published: January 25th, 2010

Category: News, Students

While the rest of the UF community and the world continue to grieve over the tragedy and loss in Haiti, UF Law would like to show its support and recognize the students, faculty and staff who may be impacted and who may have personal connections to the earthquake victims.

As part of this effort, the law school is joining the efforts begun by Gators United for Haiti, which is a student run philanthropic project started by UF students. The goal of Gators United for Haiti is to motivate the Gator Nation to raise $50,000, for Haiti relief efforts. Gators United has several collection sites across campus including Turlington Plaza, Plaza of the Americas, the J.Wayne Reitz Union, and now the Office of Student Affairs at the law school has been added as a site. Therefore, anyone may bring donations to 164 Holland Hall, the Office of Student Affairs at the law school between 8-5 p.m., Monday–Friday to assist in these relief efforts.

Donations must be in the form of cash or check with checks made out to the University of Florida. If anyone wishes to make a donation by credit card, organizations such as the Red Cross or Yele, a grassroots organization based in Haiti, have been recommended. Additionally, you may find a list of other ways you may contribute to this massive and much needed relief effort, below:


How you can help


Gator Law is joining forces with the Gators United for Haiti
Starting January 19, 2010, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., the John Marshall Bar Association, Black Law Students Association, Association for Public Interest Law, Phi Alpha Delta, International Law Society, and Florida Association for Women Lawyers will have “donuts for donations” and “candy for cash” to collect donations for the Relief Efforts in Haiti. Please stop by the table and show your support for the cause. If you wish to help in this effort, please stop by the table and sign the Tabling Sign-Up sheet. If any other organizations would like to join in our efforts, please contact Kyla Tan at or Alkeyvia Walker at

Use LexisNexis points to help Haiti
Join LexisNexis in supporting Haiti relief efforts. Log on to and click on the Help Haiti Web Banner to donate some of your Lexis Rewards Points. A donation of only 250 points or more to the American Red Cross will directly support Haiti Rescue Efforts. It’s that simple – log on today!

American Red Cross

  • Text: “HAITI” to “90999” for a $10 donation. The amount will be added to your next cell phone bill.
  • The organization is also accepting donations through its International Response Fund,
  • 1-800-REDCROSS
  • 1724 NE 2nd St., Gainesville, FL 32609

Club Creole at UF

  • Yele Haiti, founded in 2005 by musician Wyclef Jean to bring hope to those in Haiti, is collecting donations for earthquake relief. Club Creole is collecting donations to be distributed by Yele Haiti. Text: “YELE” to “501501” for a $5 donation. The amount will be added to your next cell phone bill.

Project Haiti

  • UF medical students
  • Donations will buy medicine, bottled water, canned food and other supplies. Project Haiti volunteers will be on the ground in Port-au-Prince on March 6.

Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders)

Local churches collecting donations

Heather Thornton, resource counselor at the law school, is available on an individual basis or for group counseling for all students in need of counseling or emotional support. Her office hours are M-F from 8:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and by appointment only.

Additionally, you may also contact the Counseling and Wellness Center at 352-392-1575, or Student Health Services at 392-1171. Counseling services are located in Peabody Hall, room 301 and are available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Additional information regarding counseling services is available at Also, the Alachua County Crisis Center is available for assistance 24 hours a day should you or even a non-UF student need assistance. They may be reached at 352-264-6789. It is important to remember to reach out to your friends, family or counselors during this difficult time.

The university will continue to keep you updated on how you can helps and where to go for support. At the same time, you may always contact the Office of Student Affairs for any assistance you may need.