89.1 WYBF-FM “The Burn,” Cabrini’s radio station, made their presence known on campus during the 24-hour event to raise money for Haiti on Feb. 1.
By the end of the broadcast, over $2,100 had been raised that would go directly to Catholic Relief Services.
Cabrini is one of five institutions that hold a partnership with CRS. However, the reasons behind trusting this specific organization goes beyond this partnership.
Quiana Volney, sophomore business administration major, played an active part in helping with the broadcast. She heads the “Cabrini Cares About Haiti” organization that formed in the aftermath of the earthquake.
“Haiti is where my parents are from and the culture’s very much a part of me,” Volney said.
She also has complete trust that the donations will be utilized best through CRS.
“CRS had already been doing things in Haiti. It’s a reliable organization. Even before the earthquake they already had a presence on the island,” Volney said.
Dr. Mary Laver, director of international partnerships, also echoed the words of Volney. CRS has had a long-term relationship with the Haitian people because of their long-term commitment to bringing economic stability to the island.
“Not only does CRS have this formal partnership with Cabrini but they’re rated as one of the best non-government organizations because they faithfully use every dollar,” Laver said.
CRS is renowned for its ability to raise large amounts of money in the aftermath of natural disasters and its ability to effectively distribute the funds.
“CRS only enters a country at their invitation. They’re respected because of their efficiency and knowledge as well as their commitment to Haiti,” Laver said.
Candice Harris, advocacy program officer at CRS, noted that their connections with the people allowed them to immediately provide relief to the people.
“There are several things unique about the CRS response. We’ve been in Haiti for over 50 years. We have relationships and partnerships with the community,” Harris said. “Some organizations may not have all the connections and relationships to address the needs. Our ability to move quickly was essential. We have stations already on the island.”
Many organizations are also unfamiliar with the people and face various obstacles that stand in the way of providing immediate aid.
“The people on the ground know their needs better than the international community,” Harris said.
Harris personally feels confident in every dollar that goes to CRS.
“I know 93 cents of every dollar donated is going right to the people,” Harris said.
With some organizations the public has often been concerned with where the money is going and whether or not they can trust that their money will be accounted for.
“CRS is so good with accountability. We’re thorough and careful with all the donations being made to Haiti. To me, that’s one of the shining points of CRS. People can trust that their money is being used effectively and efficiently,” Harris said.