PSC students partner with ShelterBox for disaster relief

Shelter Box

Potomac State College’s of WVU recently formed Rotaract Club educated the campus community about ShelterBox USA. Pictured (from left) in front of a ShelterBox tent are club members, Ryan Minnigh, Taylor Haggerty, Montana Miller, and ShelterBox Volunteer Michael Hicks.

Potomac State College of West Virginia University Students Ryan Minnigh, Taylor Haggerty and Montana Miller spent the day on the Quad with Michael Hicks, a volunteer representative for ShelterBox USA.  

Minnigh, a journalism major; Haggerty, a general studies major; and Miller, a secondary education major are current members of the newly formed Rotaract Club at the College. Rotaract is the colligate equivalent of Rotary International. Christine Hess, a senior admissions counselor at the College, serves as the adviser of the club.

Rotaract, which stands for Rotary in Action, focuses on the development of young adults as leaders in their communities and workplaces. According to the Rotaract web site, “Clubs around the world also take part in international service projects, in a global effort to bring peace and international understanding to the world.”

The Potomac State branch of Rotaract has partnered with ShelterBox in an effort to educate others about the needs that exist whenever disasters strike. ShelterBox containers provide assistance in the form of tents, water purification kits, blankets, a cook stove, and many other items including children’s packs that can sustain a family of 10 for more than a year.

ShelterBox is a non-profit organization that provides warm shelter and dignity to those who have lost everything.  The organization provides essential items to families who have lost everything due to a disaster, natural or man-made,” said Hicks.

More information about ShelterBox can be found on their web site at or by emailing them at info@