Students – if they’re paying attention to world events, which isn’t always the case – are often zealous to help when crises hit.

And Hurricane Matthew has provided such a crisis this week.

So how well are you shepherding how they help? Because there’s no more obvious place where zeal-without-knowledge can be unproductive or even counter-productive than in disaster relief. Students giving to sketchy GoFundMe accounts, students loading up a car to go help (without direction), students launching social media campaigns (or just updating their profile picture) – these aren’t particularly effective go-to steps.

So how are you shepherding students about help that really helps?

This is on my mind because we’ve been working on it at my church. We just rounded out our first attempt at an ongoing Disaster Relief page yesterday. (We’ll update when a crisis is current.)