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Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

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University community responding to crisis in Haiti; website collecting information

With the start of the spring term on Feb. 1, the University community is organizing a range of events to support the relief efforts in Haiti after the devastating earthquake there last month. Current information about these Haiti-related campus events as well as other initiatives is available on the International Princeton website.

Many of the activities are being organized by students and are scheduled for the second week of February. This "Haiti-themed week" will feature fundraising events such as a dance performance by Black Arts Company: Dance, a dinner-dance at Campus Club and salsa classes. The Undergraduate Student Government, which raised $3,000 before the end of the fall term, also is organizing a panel discussion with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs about the opportunities and challenges of international relief work during this crisis.

To submit information about an event (e-mail), contact Beth Zawodniak, assistant to the vice provost for international initiatives.

On Jan. 25, the Internal Revenue Service announced a new federal tax relief law that allows people who contributed in 2010 to charities providing earthquake relief in Haiti to take a tax deduction for their contribution on their 2009 tax return instead of their 2010 tax return. Only cash contributions made after Jan. 11, 2010, and before March 1, 2010, are eligible.

A number of University community members have family living in the country and have been affected by the tragedy. Students who would like to speak with counselors are encouraged to contact Counseling and Psychological Services. University Health Services is open 24 hours daily, and clinicians at Counseling and Psychological Services are available from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Appointments can be made in advance by calling (609) 258-3285. Pastoral counseling is also available through the Office of Religious Life.

The Office of Human Resources has communicated with employees about services and benefits available, including confidential counseling. More information is available on the human resources website or by calling (609) 258-3300 or e-mailing the office.

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