Members of the Candler School of Theology created an Emergency Flood Fund Tuesday to aid students who have incurred unanticipated costs due to the recent flooding.
Atlanta received more than nine inches of rain water in the past week, causing the Chattahoochee River to rise to a level unseen since 1919. Hundreds of people across the city have incurred costs due to the rain.
Rebecca Spurrier, acting director of student life and spiritual formation at Candler, said that the Emergency Flood Fund was created for “people interested in helping one another.”
Although many staff and faculty members were affected by the rain, the money from the fund will only be given to Candler students “who have unanticipated costs and may not have resources to turn to in a time like this,” Spurrier said.
Spurrier said that the damage has ranged from house and property damage to destroyed cars.
Students may apply online for aid. The applications will be reviewed by a small review committee comprised of admissions and financial aid employees.
Only one donation has been made so far, but Spurrier said that many people have inquired about how to give.
“I think the community is one that believes in caring for one another,” Spurrier said. “The fund provides a way to share the resources that God has given us.”
To donate, visit the website at www.candler.emory.edu/ADMISSIONS/flood_relief.cfm.
— Contact Kate Borger