To the University Community:
The December 3rd incident on our campus reinforced that each of us has a responsibility in keeping our campus community safe. Certainly it affirmed the importance of electronic communications and the need to be alert and aware of our surroundings and to report anything suspicious to the proper authorities. "See Something, Say Something" is the theme of a statewide public awareness campaign empowering each of us to help keep our communities safe. It took only one person to help stop what could have been an incident with a very different outcome.
Many of you have asked about the individual who first "saw something" and then had the presence of mind to alert the authorities. All of us are grateful for her actions. Some have suggested that we provide community recognition for our "Good Samaritan." We have discussed with her how we can best recognize her help. She wishes to remain anonymous. In meeting with her, we discovered that there are personal needs that we would like to help address. Specifically, she is homeless.
We have established a fund for her and welcome contributions of any size.
If you would like to participate in this effort, please follow the directions below. One hundred percent of the funds collected will go directly to serving this person's needs.
The holiday season is always an appropriate time to take a few minutes to pause and reflect on the gifts of the season ... our families, our friends, and now our Good Samaritan. This person was at the right place at the right time and did the right thing. We'd like to do the right thing in return. We have a wonderful opportunity to create something good from what was a difficult time for all of us.
Please send your donations - payable to "UNH - Good Samaritan Fund" - to the attention of the VP for Finance, University of New Haven, 300 Boston Post Road, West Haven, CT 06516. You may also click the link below to donate online and provide the level of help that you feel is appropriate.
Please be aware that IRS regulations do not allow charitable tax deductions for gifts to a specific person. Thank you in advance for your support.
I wish you and your family a peaceful and safe holiday season.
President Steven H. Kaplan