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Central Illinois Tornado Relief

Ways You Can Help

Financial Support

Red Cross
Call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcross.org to make a donation. Tell them you want your donation to go to the "Central Illinois Tornado Response."

Salvation Army
Donations can also be made to the Salvation Army. Request that your donation is used for the "Illinois November Tornado Relief Effort."

United Way
Bradley University faculty and staff can also make a contribution to the Red Cross or Salvation Army through the Bradley United Way Campaign Contribution Form.

Dining Dollars
Students can now use Dining Dollars to make donations to the tornado relief efforts. Donate up to $25 from your Dining Dollars account to buy supplies for the recovery effort by telling the cashier you would like to make a donation.

Box Donation

Boxes and plastic tubs can be dropped off at Baker Hall 202. These will go directly to Bradley faculty and students to help them collect their items after the tornadoes.


Bradley’s Lewis J. Burger Center (677-2428) is collecting names of volunteers and once opportunities are available we will coordinate efforts to get volunteers to the affected areas to assist with clean up.

Service on Saturday

Students continued pitching in to help with tornado relief efforts this weekend. The Service on Saturday project took 20 students to Sunnyland Plaza where they helped sort donations for tornado victims. Service on Saturday is a program that runs during the school year. Students meet one Saturday a month and head into the community where they spend a few hours volunteering.

President's Updates

November 26, 2013 - 12:30 p.m.

Dear Campus Community,

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I encourage you to take a few moments to remember all of our colleagues, friends and neighbors who have been greatly affected by the recent storms. While they continue to pick up the pieces and try to move forward, I hope this Thanksgiving you continue to share your kindness and compassion. After the holiday, I will provide an update on Bradley's ongoing tornado relief efforts and how we can continue to assist those in need.

I am grateful for all of the contributions you bring to the life of Bradley University. The Bradley family has much to be proud of as we near the end of 2013 and look forward to a new year full of promise.

Have a safe and joyful holiday.

Warm Regards,

Joanne K. Glasser

November 20, 2013 - 5:00 p.m.

Dear Campus Community,

The University’s disaster relief coordination efforts are well underway, with many options for our students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends to help the victims of Sunday’s devastating tornadoes begin to rebuild their lives. I remain very proud of the many ways, large and small, that the Bradley community demonstrates its care and concern for those affected.

Already this week, students have helped the American Red Cross unload supply trucks, helped prepare and deliver meals in Pekin and Washington, and assisted a Washington church with cleanup efforts. I thank them for representing Bradley well by providing a great service to their community.

New information: Now through the end of the semester, students, faculty and staff can donate up to $25 in Dining Dollars to help buy supplies for the recovery efforts. Interested diners should tell a cashier that they would like to make a donation.

The following is a recap of the University’s previously announced tornado relief efforts:

  • A supply drive is being held at the Markin Center through Monday. Items accepted are toiletries, bottled water, Gatorade and non-perishable food items such as granola bars, Clif bars, crackers, cereal and macaroni and cheese.
  • Join colleagues and friends tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Student Center, room 5, to help make “comfort blankets” for the children affected by the tornadoes.
  • The Lewis J. Burger Center continues to collect the names of people wishing to directly assist in disaster area cleanup efforts. Once opportunities are available, staff will coordinate efforts to get volunteers to the affected areas to help. To add your name to the list, call the Burger Center at 677-2428.
  • The University is accepting general monetary donations for tornado victims at the Student Activities Office, 141 Sisson. Cash, checks and even spare change are accepted. Please make checks out to the American Red Cross, with Central Illinois Tornado Response in the memo line. Funds will be collected until noon Monday.

Thank you for your continued support of the hundreds of central Illinoisans affected by Sunday’s tornadoes. When a disaster strikes, whether impacting family, friends, colleagues, or total strangers, the Bradley community always wants to know how they can help. For updated information on ways the Bradley community can help, continue to check bradley.edu/tornadorelief.

In sincere appreciation,

Joanne K. Glasser

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