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Update on opportunity to assist Pacific students affected by December off-campus apartment fire

Jan 12, 2016

On Dec. 20, 2015, a small off-campus apartment complex fire occurred at 3435 Pacific Avenue involving 15 Pacific students. Fortunately, no one was injured but many of the students lost all of their belongings (including the loss of many musical instruments used by several Conservatory students). 

Public Safety, Residence Life and Housing, Student Academic Support, the Conservatory of Music, and members of the Pacific Alert Team worked with the students to ensure their immediate needs (i.e. housing, food, etc.) were taken care of and worked to ensure that everyone was safe.

Since many in the Pacific community have asked how they could best help support these students, the Pacific Alert Team, in conjunction with the Pacific Card office and Student Accounts, has set up two ways in which one could make a donation. 

The first way is through a new an account within the University to collect financial donations. The goal of this fund is to help the fire victims with any immediate needs they may have so that they can focus back on their academics and have a successful spring semester.  A sub-committee of the Pacific Alert Team has been working with each student and has been assigned to distribute all donations.

If you would like to make a donation, you may do so by going to the following Pacific Card link:

Your donation will be deposited within the University accounts and will be given directly to the fire victims without it affecting their University Student Account nor their financial aid package. 

The second way you could help the victims is through a new clothing and furniture drive. We have heard that many of the victims are need of warm clothing for the winter. If you would like to make a donation of clean and gently used clothing, please drop these items off at the clothing drive box set up at the DeRosa University Center front desk. We will take these donations until February 12, 2016 and any donations not used by the victims will be given to Goodwill. If you have furniture you would like to donate, please contact Assistant Dean Jonathan Latta at, who will pass your information directly to the victims. Thank you for your willingness to consider helping our students.  If you have any questions, please contact Steve Jacobson at  

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