Bethel Sends Task Force Team to Aid Katrina Relief Efforts

MISHAWAKA, IN, October 10, 2005 – Bethel College sent out a team of 92 students, staff and faculty members to Pascagoula, Mississippi, over the college's fall break. Led by Steve Yaw, director of campus maintenance, the team aided in relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. They left from Bethel's Weikamp Athletic Center at 5:30 p.m. October 11.

In order to help the communities in Mississippi recover from the impact of the hurricane, the team worked in clean up and repair efforts, along with relief item distribution.
"I was very impressed with the turn out of student volunteers who were interested in going to help the people in the Gulf," said Yaw. People of the community were encouraged to send donations of bug spray with DEET, cleaning supplies, diapers, and feminine products only. Supplies to be sent with the team were dropped off at the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center or the Dining Commons at Bethel College. Monetary donations were also accepted. Checks were made out to Bethel College Task Force and are still being accepted.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associates, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of 1,964 includes students from 34 states, 17 countries, more than 20 denominational affiliations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. The Bethel campus is situated on 75 beautifully wooded acres in Mishawaka, Indiana.