Emergency Notifications

UIW Emergency Notifications

Campus Status: Normal

UPDATE - Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 - UIW.ONE WORD: COMMITTED

The University continues to demonstrate its commitment to Mission and walk in the footsteps of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word to support service to those most in need as those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Thus, the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability, Mission & Ministry, and Campus Engagement are working with numerous campus partners to provide support and assistance to the San Antonio Food Bank, Catholic Charities, the American Red Cross and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center.

American Red Cross, 3642 E. Houston St., San Antonio, TX. Phone # 210 222 1294


Catholic Charities, 202 French Place, San Antonio, Texas. Phone # 210 222‐1294.


San Antonio Food Bank, 5200 W Old US Highway 90, San Antonio, TX. Phone #: 210‐337‐3663.


South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, 6211 1H 10 West, San Antonio, Texas, 78201. Phone # 210 731‐7555.

Additionally, the University will coordinate direct relief to the impacted areas once a call for volunteers, support, and physical power to assist with clean up and restoration has been made. We will be sure to notify the campus community of these opportunities once they have been scheduled and finalized. Finally, we have begun to communicate to our community that help and service to our brothers and sisters impacted by Hurricane Harvey will continue beyond September, for weeks, months and years to come. We thank you for your commitment to our Mission. Praise be the Incarnate Word.

Please contact the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability to learn of opportunities or to share information of your contribution as part of the Hurricane Relief Effort at (210) 283‐6423 or


Special Message from the Vice President of University Mission & Ministry - Thurs.,Sept. 7, 2017


“Our Lord Jesus Christ, suffering in the persons of a multitude” impacted by Harvey, “seek relief at you’re your hands” (Dubuis).

Cardinal DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, has called for prayers and solidarity with those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  He invites us to closely monitor future calls for assistance for victims and survivors in the days ahead.

He notes, “Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast in a catastrophic and devastating way this weekend, bringing with it severe flooding and high winds which have taken human life, caused countless injuries, and severely damage homes and property throughout the region.  The effects of the storm continue to put people in harm’s way, with horrific scenes playing out all around, such as those of people trapped on their rooftops as water continues to rise around them.”  He further adds, “I call on people of faith to pray for all of those who have been impacted by this Hurricane, and I ask people of good will to stand with the victims and their families. May God, the Lord of mercy and compassion, protect all who are still in danger, and bring to safety those who are missing.”

As a community, we are moved by the images, anxieties, fear, and losses of those most heavily affected by Harvey. We are also aware that many in our community, staff and students have family and friends trapped by the storm. As a community so richly blessed by God, I beseech you to look into your heart and discern how you might respond to such great needs and to stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Houston, Victoria, Rockport, Port Lavaca, Katy and other cities impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

There are several ways we can respond, first in prayer, as prayer moves us to action on behalf of our sisters and brothers.  Second, consider sharing your time, treasure and talent to the communities in need. Below is a partial list of things you can do to help:

1.     San Antonio Food Bank, 5200 W Old US Highway 90, San Antonio, TX. 

Phone #: 210-337-3663. To support Food Bank’s efforts, bins will placed throughout campus where you can leave non-perishable food items, baby diapers and bottled water or you can send a donation to the Food Bank.  Visit this link and click to donate or volunteer.

2.     South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, 6211 1H 10 West, San Antonio, Texas, 78201.  Phone # 210 731-7555. Please donate blood.  The Blood Bank is in great need of Type O blood donations. Visit this link. Student Engagement & The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership will be sponsoring a blood drive in the coming weeks, please keep a look out for more information.

3.     Catholic Charities, 202 French Place, San Antonio, Texas.   Phone # 210 222-1294. Donations may be made online at the Catholic Charities website.

4.     American Red Cross, 3642 E. Houston St., San Antonio, TX.  Phone # 210 224 5151. Visit this link for their website.

5.     UIW’s Ettling Center for Civic Engagement – visit their website at this link, and check for opportunities to serve the community. 

We are truly grateful for the spirit of generosity, compassion and concerns that animates the University’s community.  In St. Paul’s words, “as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility meekness and patience.   It is our prayer that this is the spirit that directs our response to those in greatest needs today.


May God bless and keep us.


Sr. Walter Maher, CCVIVice President of University Mission & Ministry

Dr. Barbara Aranda-Naranjo Associate Provost for Civic EngagementEttling Center for Civic Leadership

Dr. Ricardo GonzalezAssociate DirectorEttling Center for Civic Leadership




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