CSUCARES: Rebuilding Lives After Natural Disasters

CSUCARES: The Colorado State Community Rebuilds Lives After Natural Disasters

By Maggie Walsh

Within days of the start of the High Park Fire on June 9, 2012, the call went out to the CSU community: Our students, friends, and current and retired co-workers needed help. The response from donors was immediate and heartfelt: Nearly $60,000 was raised by 430 generous donors.

Fifteen months later, it was massive flooding that sent families fleeing, and once again, our community stepped up to help out through CSUCares.

Cash grants of up to $2,500 were distributed to fellow Rams in need. The fund will remain in place to assist CSU family members who may be affected by future disasters.

Learn more at http://supporting.colostate.edu/csucares

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Japanese Students Pay It Forward to CSUCARES 

Hundreds of people in the CSU community stepped up to help those in need during last fall’s flooding, but one group of students, inspired by their experiences of being on the receiving end of compassionate assistance in the face of tragedy, jumped into action.

Members of the Japanese Student Association, many personally affected by the massive March 11, 2011, Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in their home country, raised nearly $700 for victims of the Northern Colorado flooding. Nami Oguni, president of the student group, said she and her fellow students were compelled to act quickly. “We were shocked when the flooding took place,” she said. “We remember what it was like when the tsunami hit Japan. The American people helped Japan recover, so we wanted to help the people of Colorado.”

With guidance from Mako Beecken, a Japanese instructor at CSU for more than 20 years and the JSA faculty adviser, the students set up a table at the Lory Student Center. Beecken loaned students some of her authentic Japanese games and clothing, and the students requested donations to play the games. It was a huge hit with American students, and the students raised $665 in four hours.

“I’m so proud that our Japanese students found a way to help victims here. I think they did a wonderful job.”

– Mako Beecken 

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