Our UCF community was hit hard by Hurricane Irma. Some of us, living outside Florida, were affected only indirectly. Others face a long struggle to regain a sense of normalcy. And others lost everything but their lives. Please know that you are all in the thoughts of your fellow Knights.
Many of our students are among those still trying to get back on their feet as they face challenges including structural damage, flooding and power outages — meaning, in most cases, no refrigeration, no air conditioning, no laundry, no stove or oven, and no computer.
The Knights Helping Knights Pantry is a student-run organization that provides food, water, clothing, linens and other housewares in times of need. Today, the pantry’s shelves are nearly bare. Over the last five days, everything has been given away to students in need.
With classes resuming Monday, they could use our help now more than ever. Because of that, I’ve committed $25,000 in matching funds to the pantry.
That means that for every dollar up to $25,000 donated to the pantry by members of the UCF community, I will give another dollar.
I know some of you are in no position to give. But if you can, I urge you to consider joining me with an online donation to help restock the pantry. A gift of $50 is worth 40 jars of peanut butter or 60 pounds of pasta.
The pantry also accepts donations of canned foods, bottled water and more. For a list of most needed items, click here. Items can be dropped off at the UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thank you for your generosity, and Charge On!
Nelson Marchioli '72
Chair, Board of Directors
UCF Foundation, Inc.
To assist with the impacts of Hurricane Irma, the Knights Helping Knights Pantry will be open for faculty and staff from Sept.18-Oct. 3. Staff will be able to visit the pantry once per day during standard operating hours and take five nonperishable/perishable food items. Limited toiletries will be available based on demand. Should there be an excess of the pantry's "unlimited" designated food, faculty and staff will also have access. After Oct. 3, should faculty or staff still require assistance, they should be referred to the Office of Human Resources.
The Knights Helping Knights Pantry is excited to launch our new website. This new site should make it easier to find out how to get involved, connect with campus and community resources, and apply to volunteer.