LU Send Now is Liberty University's quick response team for urgent disaster relief and humanitarian needs on a global scale. Our goal is to train, equip, and mobilize students to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need after a disaster occurs. LU Send Now seeks to be on the ground as soon as the situation is safe and governmental authorities allow for volunteers to respond. Teams are deployed to assist with the initial recovery, rehabilitation, and repairing of a community post-disaster.
For logistical and liability reasons, this program is only open to residential students or online students within a 100-mile radius of Liberty University.
In order to qualify for the LU Send Now Domestic Team you must:
In order to qualify for the LU Send Now International Team you must:
While many students have a tendency to view LU Send Now as an opportunity to gain cultural experience, the program is not designed for this purpose. When considering students for a place on the International Team, we specifically look for people who have significant cultural experience prior to joining the program. Though we are reasonable in our expectations of students, it is important to note that international family vacations, cruise ship destinations like the Bahamas, and/or short-term mission trips are often not sufficient to be a part of the international team. All applications for the international team will be considered, but special priority is given to students with extensive cross-cultural experience.
Once you have submitted your application and been accepted to the program, there are 2 steps you must take to be eligible for deployment on an LU Send Now trip:
Upon completion of both of these steps, you will be eligible for deployment on a Send Now trip.
When Send Now decides to respond to an emergency, we will send what is called a "callout email" to all students who have been accepted to the program, paid their $100 deposit, and completed the required Send Now training. Upon receiving this email, students will indicate their availability to participate in the Send Now trip. From the list of available students, LU Send Now will choose a handful of students that would best benefit the specific trip. If you are chosen as part of the team, Send Now will contact you with all the necessary details and instructions.
Yes. The provost has granted students five days of excused absences per semester if they are chosen to deploy with Send Now. Once you have been chosen for an LU Send Now deployment, you will receive an approved excused absence form that you can give to your professors to be excused from classes for that week. Upon returning, students will have one week to make up course work that was missed. However, Students will be expected to complete all work due the following week. For example, you will still be expected to complete a test on Monday after getting back from a trip on a Saturday or Sunday. Some cases may vary and we recommend you talk to your professors prior to confirming your availability on a callout form.
Although it is the desire of Send Now to send out as many students as possible, unfortunately not all students are deployed. Send Now is limited on how many trips can be deployed based on the resources available. We do guarantee all students in the program access to Send Now training.
No, however there are a handful of reasons that you might want to update your application:
In these situations, you will first need to email firstname.lastname@example.org and request to update your application. In the email, you must provide the semester you were first accepted or first applied and the reason you are updating your application. If you are approved to update your application, the Send Now team will open your application for editing and will provide you with the instructions on how to access it.
LU Send Now accepts all cash, check, and online donations. Send Now ensures all monetary donations will be used to send students to help post-disaster and/or sent directly into the hands of trusted organizations and churches who can quickly and efficiently purchase exactly what people need in exactly the right quantities.
People often ask if we can organize clothing/material drives when a disaster strikes. However, after extensive research, our program has realized that collecting material goods can often hamper disaster relief instead of helping and waste valuable financial resources. Send Now does our best to empower those in need and supports USAID's donation strategy towards disaster relief. Unless suggested otherwise, monetary donations are the best way we can help people in need after a disaster. You can give any time on our donation portal located on our homepage. In the event that Send Now decides to accept material donations, it will be heavily promoted around the University.
LU Send Now is located in Green Hall room 2500.