Relief & Cause Fundraising


Community Outreach is aware of the needs that can arise from various disasters and devastating events and we know that the UConn community has always been very responsive with relief efforts. Therefore, we have created this resource to:

  • communicate some ways that you can help in different situations;
  • help coordinate (and centralize) campus and/or group efforts;
  • and directly support the collection of funds & materials.

Have an issue or cause that you are advocating or supporting?

If you are a member of the UConn community and you are interested in sharing information regarding a cause or issue that is happening in the world please contact Miguel Colon,  Interim Associate Director for Community Outreach at or 486-1165 to discuss posting to this page or other ways information information can be shared on campus.


Guidelines and Legal Requirements for UConn Departments/Organizations and Student Organizations Seeking to Raise Money

In order to help departments and student organizations carry out fundraising activities in a way that upholds the policies of the University as well as the laws of Connecticut, the following guidelines have been developed.  In addition, legal requirements for fundraising have been included.

Current Relief Efforts

Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

On October 27, 2018 during a Shabbat morning service and baby’s bris at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania a mass shooting occurred.  Eleven people were killed, and nine were injured.

Numerous fundraising efforts have been launched to assist with medical bills and counseling for survivors of the shooting, burial of the victims, and repairs to the synagogue.

Ways to support the area:

  • Tree of Life Synagogue GoFundMe
  • Donate to HIAS
  • Windham Area Interfaith Ministry will be holding a Service for Solidarity and Healing at Temple Bnai Israel on Friday, November 2nd at 7:30pm.  If you would like to attend please RSVP Temple Bnai Israel 860-423-3743 or  All interfaith friends are welcome to join.

Hurricane Florence

On September 14, 2018 Hurricane Florence made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane in the southeastern US. Since then, more than 30” of rain have fallen in parts of North Carolina.  There have been 18 fatalities due to storm related incidents.  Hundreds others have been rescued from flooded areas. There are hundreds of thousands of individuals across North and South Carolina without power.

Although the storm has been downgraded to a tropic storm, heavy rain still continues.  With rising flood waters conditions are predicted to get much worse over the next few days.

You can find more information and up to date facts here.

Ways to support the area:

For additional information on charitable options as well as guidelines in giving, please visit the following sites.

Massachusetts Gas Leaks

On September 13, 2018 three Massachusetts communities (Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover) experienced a series of explosions and fires due to natural gas leaks. The cause is believed to be an issue with supplier Columbia Gas regarding over-pressurized gas valves. The disaster killed one resident, caused over 30,000 customers to evacuate their homes, and has disrupted the lives of many residents.


Ways to support the area:

Previous Relief Efforts

Northern California Wildfires

Hurricane Harvey, Irma & Maria

Las Vegas Tragedy
Flooding in Southeast Asia
Earthquake in Mexico
Orlando Tragedy
Hurricane Matthew