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APSU officials caution against giving to unsanctioned solicitors

To protect the University community, APSU officials want to remind everyone that unsanctioned solicitations are prohibited on campus. They are cautioning students, faculty and staff against giving money to anyone or any organization that is not registered with the University.
To protect the University community, APSU officials want to remind everyone that unsanctioned solicitations are prohibited on campus. They are cautioning students, faculty and staff against giving money to anyone or any organization that is not registered with the University.

“Some people were on campus yesterday, saying they were collecting money for a church,” says Vice President for Finance and Administration Mitch Robinson. “While what they say may be true, we encourage our students and personnel to give only to the activities, listed below, or to such reputable organizations as the Red Cross, Salvation Army or United Way.”

Listed below are several hurricane-relief efforts registered by the University:

• APSU is welcoming displaced students, who can enroll late for main-campus classes or can enroll Oct. 3-7 for Fall II classes at Fort Campbell. As of Sept. 7, 2005, six students have enrolled at APSU, with more expected based on telephone inquiries to the Admissions Office.
• At the 6 p.m. football game (APSU vs. Cumberland University) Saturday, Sept. 10 in Governors Stadium, the department of athletics will be accepting donations of money or non-perishable items, all of which will go to the hurricane victims. Non-season-ticket holders who bring a donation will be admitted free. Boxes/receptacles will be placed at all entrance gates.
• The Baptist Collegiate Ministries, under the leadership of Jim Alexander, is preparing a group of students to go to the affected area to work as volunteers during Fall Break.
• Alpha Sigma Alpha and Sigma Chi are accepting donations in the University Center to give to the Red Cross for hurricane relief.
• Alpha Sigma Alpha and Sigma Chi also are collecting batteries, blankets, clothing, boots of all sizes, canned food, bottled water, small toys and toiletries from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily in the UC through Sept. 16. These items will be trucked to the Red Cross and other charitable organizations in the hurricane-devastated areas.
• The Greek community at APSU has raised more than $2,100 over the past week. The money will be donated to Lincoln Parish, La.
• The All State is working with the Red Cross to collect money.
• The APSU Staff Support Council is collecting bottled water and non-perishable items in the UC for the victims of Katrina.
• Counseling is available through the APSU Office of Student Counseling Services for any students who have been impacted emotionally by the hurricane. Students experiencing distress may call Dr. Lowell Roddy, director of counseling services, at (931) 221-6162 or stop by the office in room 202, Ellington Student Services Building.

Other University groups wanting to help the hurricane victims should register for a table in the UC lobby through the University Facilities Office, room 207, University Center or telephone (931) 221-6617.

As we are notified of other efforts registered with the University, we will share the information with the campus community and post it on the Web.

Local gifts should be designated HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF EFFORTS. Agencies/churches receiving local gifts are:

Salvation Army
139 Kraft Street
Clarksville, TN 37040
931-552-5350
http://www2.salvationarmy.org

American Red Cross
517 Madison St.
Clarksville, TN 37040
931-645-6401
931-645-6402
http://www.redcross.org/

United Way of Clarksville and Montgomery County is taking donations locally at
1300 Madison St.
Clarksville, TN 37040
931-647-4291
*Tuesday and Wednesday of next week holding a food and toiletry drive.
http://national.unitedway.org/

Habitat for Humanity is not taking donations locally but can donate online.
http://www.habitat.org/

Several local churches are taking in Hurricane Katrina refugees. Therefore they are also accepting cash donations to assist in buying food and supplies for these people during their stay in Clarksville.

Urban Ministries (United Methodist Church)
217 South 3rd Street
Clarksville, TN 37040
931-648-9090

First Baptist Church
Disaster Relief
435 Madison St.
Clarksville, TN 37040
931-645-2431

Hilldale Church of Christ
501 Highway 76
Clarksville, TN 37043
931-647-5264

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Fund
www.namb.net/dr
888-571-5895