FIT Community Engagement

FIT Community Engagement

A snapshot of Community Engagement and Applied Learning at Fashion Institute of Technology

Volunteers: Interior Design Sandy Relief Project

Students provided assistance to help families rebuild their homes, using their design skills to help 16 Long Beach, NY families rebuild their homes after Superstorm Sandy. The Interior Design Relief Project was initiated by Interior Design student Natalie Zepeda, a native of the south shore of Nassau County, Long Island, who was misplaced for three weeks after the storm.  Under the guidance of Professor Sanchez-Fong and Professor Joan Melnick, Interior Design Club advisor, the students developed interior design plans for the families at no cost, giving up their Winter Break to work on the project. They traveled to Long Beach to conduct home surveys and took the families’ real-life budgets into consideration when creating their designs. Finally, they returned to Long Beach to personally present their design plans to each family. At least five spaces have been renovated using the students’ plans.

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