URMC Pathology Employee Leads Hurricane Relief Effort for Dominica
An employee from the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center started a charity drive to collect items to help the victims of Hurricane Maria.
Julia Polidore (in photo ) is a native of Dominica, a small, independent country in the northeastern Caribbean. Her parents were among those affected by the destructive hurricane. 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. For questions on further donations or to find out how to make a monetary donation, email Julia_Polidore@urmc.rochester.edu.
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