BATON ROUGE, LA. (NBC33) — In the wake of the tornado that hit Tuscaloosa, Ala., on April 27, 2011, several LSU campus organizations came together under the moniker, "Tigers for the Tide," to provide a collaborative response to the needs of the community.
Volunteer LSU, Student Government, the Residence Hall Association and the Greek Board of Directors collected toiletries, clothing and other supplies for the United Way of West Alabama.
In response to the needs shifting from relief to rebuilding in Tuscaloosa, Volunteer LSU, an organization within LSU Campus Life, sent a group of LSU student volunteers during Fall Break to work alongside University of Alabama students.
On Thursday, Oct. 13, the students traveled from Baton Rouge to Tuscaloosa. LSU and University of Alabama students attended an educational program, coordinated by LSU Campus Life and the University of Alabama Community Service Center. Representatives from natural disaster response organizations described how the relief efforts and the multitude of volunteers were managed following the tornado.
LSU students worked with Habitat for Humanity on two building sites. Students assisted with landscaping, painting and the construction of a new home. The "Tigers with the Tide" trip also provided a great opportunity for LSU students to interact with local Tuscaloosa community members and to meet with other student volunteers from the University of Southern Mississippi and Clemson University, who were also assisting with tornado relief.