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University flood relief efforts underway

Flood Relief

CHICAGO, IL (September 24, 2008) – North Park University is partnering with the Chicago Department of Human Services, the North River Commission, and the Salvation Army to provide relief to residents of the Albany Park community affected by flooding that occurred the weekend of September 13-14.

Floods resulted after more than seven inches of rain fell within a 24-hour period, forcing the North Branch of the Chicago River over its banks and requiring the evacuation of some 350 homes as well as two North Park University dormitories, Anderson and Burgh Halls.

The University is currently holding a food drive to benefit the North Park Friendship Center, which houses a food pantry and offers assistance to the community through services such as a clothes closet, job training, and counseling.The Center serves more than 2,000 people every month, and is accepting nonperishable canned food items, baking ingredients, paper products, baby care and personal care items. Donations may be brought to the Friendship Center office at 3448 West Foster Avenue. Visit the Center's Web site for hours of operation. Drop boxes are also located at locations throughout the University campus.

In addition, the Salvation Army is recruiting as many as 24 volunteers a day to help residents in the community with recovery and cleanup efforts in their homes. This need is greatest among elderly, disabled, and fixed income residents.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, visit www.salarmychicago.org, or contact Meghan Andrews at the Salvation Army at (773) 205-3531. Orientation will be held for volunteers at the Salvation Army Center, 5040 North Pulaski Road.