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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is collecting money to support relief efforts for areas affected by this week’s deadly tornadoes in Middle Tennessee.

Thousands of Tennesseans are dealing with the loss of loved ones, displacement from their homes, damaged businesses and infrastructure, transportation hardships, and a lack of basic necessities. As Volunteers, we are known for lending a helping hand or offering assistance to those in need, and Middle Tennessee could use your support.

If you would like to donate to relief efforts, you can do so on the Middle Tennessee Disaster Relief VOLstarter fundraising page. The university will identify organizations to receive the funds, with a goal of providing immediate and long-term assistance.

At this time, the university is not collecting material donations, which often do not address current needs and cost significantly more in logistical expenses. Financial donations can be used immediately in response to a crisis and allow disaster relief organizations to purchase exactly what is needed when it’s needed. If specific needs are identified, we will update our Volunteer community about those opportunities.

The university has activated the Disaster Relief Management Team to provide guidance and help ensure that relief efforts are structured, coordinated, efficient, and protecting all those impacted.

As a reminder, current students impacted by the disaster can contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 865-974-HELP or the Student Counseling Center at 865-974-2196 for support services. Employees can access resources through the Office of Human Resources or by calling 865-946-CARE.

For those interested in volunteering to help tornado survivors, Hands On Nashville is offering opportunities to serve.

For more information about the ongoing tornado recovery efforts, visit the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency website.


Maddie Stephens (865-974-3993,