Relief Effort for Dominica

An employee from the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine has started a charity drive to collect items to help the victims of Hurricane Maria.

Julia Polidore (pictured at right) is a native of Dominica, a small, independent country in the northeastern Caribbean. Her parents were among those affected by the destructive hurricane early last week.

Polidore has worked in Histopathology for 13 years and is currently a student at the Warner School of Education pursuing her doctorate degree in Education and Human Development.

She explained that Dominica already has a shaky economic infrastructure and widespread poverty.

Her parents pastor two churches that will distribute any donated goods they receive to the local villages.

“Because there is limited access to goods and resources, it’s more than likely that the villages are going to depend on the churches for help,” said Polidore.

She thanked those participating in the collection effort and said it will make a real impact on those in need.

“For me, this is very faith-driven,” she said. “It exemplifies what it means to be the hands and feet to help those who can’t help themselves.

There are five collection barrels where you may drop off any donated items from the list below. Donations will be accepted until Friday, October 13.

Where to Donate

Collection barrels are placed at the following UR Medicine Labs locations:

Microbiology, Rm. 2-6431 (autoclave room)
Lab Administration, Suite 2-2100 (break room)
G-1500 Suite (break room)
Surgical Pathology, Suite G-5204 (main lobby)
77 Ridgeland Road (main lobby)

Preferred Donations

An employee from the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine has started a charity drive to collect items to help the victims of Hurricane Maria.

Julia Polidore (pictured at right) is a native of Dominica, a small, independent country in the northeastern Caribbean. Her parents were among those affected by the destructive hurricane early last week.

Polidore has worked in Histopathology for 13 years and is currently a student at the Warner School of Education pursuing her doctorate degree in Education and Human Development.

She explained that Dominica already has a shaky economic infrastructure and widespread poverty.

Her parents pastor two churches that will distribute any donated goods they receive to the local villages.

“Because there is limited access to goods and resources, it’s more than likely that the villages are going to depend on the churches for help,” said Polidore.

She thanked those participating in the collection effort and said it will make a real impact on those in need.

“For me, this is very faith-driven,” she said. “It exemplifies what it means to be the hands and feet to help those who can’t help themselves.

There are five collection barrels where you may drop off any donated items from the list below. Donations will be accepted until Friday, October 13.

Where to Donate

Collection barrels are placed at the following UR Medicine Labs locations:

Microbiology, Rm. 2-6431 (autoclave room)
Lab Administration, Suite 2-2100 (break room)
G-1500 Suite (break room)
Surgical Pathology, Suite G-5204 (main lobby)
77 Ridgeland Road (main lobby)

Preferred Donations

Non-perishable food items
Canned goods & can opener
Dry beans, rice, flour, sugar
Garden/agriculture seeds
Paper products and plastic eating utensils
Toiletries (especially sanitary napkins, soap)
Blankets
Baby items (diapers, formula)
Flashlight & batteries
First aid kits
Clothing (undergarments, all sizes)

Non-perishable food items
Canned goods & can opener
Dry beans, rice, flour, sugar
Garden/agriculture seeds
Paper products and plastic eating utensils
Toiletries (especially sanitary napkins, soap)
Blankets
Baby items (diapers, formula)
Flashlight & batteries
First aid kits
Clothing (undergarments, all sizes)