Cochise College helps Hurricane Harvey victims


Cochise College’s Rotaract Club and Student Government are collecting funds to support victims of Hurricane Harvey.  

Harvey was a disastrous flood in southeast Texas. It made landfall as a Category 4 Hurricane bringing winds of 130 mph.

FEMA Administrator Brock Long calculated that 30,000 people may need shelter, and 450,000 people may qualify for federal flood victim assistance.

Cochise College responded by partnering with McAllen North Rotary Club to open an emergency relief fund.

Andi De Bellis, Cochise College student activities manager, says the decision to open the emergency fund was a way for one community to help another.

“This is a very real disaster that devastated a lot of friends and family of those who live here in Cochise County, and while going to Texas and helping rebuild might not be a practical way of assisting, students, staff and faculty can forego their morning coffee and contribute a few dollars to help make sure the basic needs of those affected by Hurricane Harvey are being met,” said De Bellis.

De Bellis also says it’s important for students to be able to experience the impact of charitable giving.

Angelica Calanog, a sophomore biology student at Cochise College said, “I think it’s a great way to reach out to others. As human beings, helping each other is an essential part of being who we are and what it means to be human.”

Donations can be made at the Cochise College Business Office at the Sierra Vista Campus and will be collected through September 25. The fundraiser will conclude with the Fall Blood Drive occurring from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Union.

To register to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor Code: ccsv. For additional information, contact Andi De Bellis, the Cochise College student activities manager at (520) 452-2618.

Rotaract brings together students to take action in their communities, develop their leadership and professional skills and have fun.

The Student Government Office (SGA) is a vital member of the Student Life at Cochise College. Student Government serves as the liaison between students and staff of the college.