Summer 2018

Summer 2018

New York Stands with Puerto Rico summer volunteering program

From June through August, SUNY had 250 student, faculty and staff volunteers representing 31 SUNY schools as part of Governor Cuomo’s New York Stands with Puerto Rico initiative. Working in five neighborhoods in and around San Juan and in the mountain region of Orocovis, volunteers rebuilt, restored and revitalized homes alongside CUNY and New York building tradespeople to assist more than 170 families. Volunteers worked through non-profit organizations All Hands and Hearts, NECHAMA and HEART 9/11.

 Aerial view of students cleaning a building roof top in Puerto Rico.
 Volunteers move plywood boards in a gutted house in Puerto Rico.
 Volunteers build a roof on a house in Puerto Rico.


Press Releases

Related News Articles

NBC New York, September 21:
NY Still Helping in San Juan One Year After Maria (with video)

The Oswegonian, September 7:
Oswego State Students Volunteer In Puerto Rico

ABC Rochester, August 30:
MCC students travel to help Puerto Ricans rebuild their homes (with video)

NBC New York, August 29:
Woman Grateful for Rebuilt Home After Maria (with video)

CBS Rochester, August 27:
MCC students and staff aid with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico (with video)

News 12, August 5:
SBU student takes part in effort to help Puerto Rico rebuild (with video)

NBC New York, August 1:
Volunteers Prove Critical to Recover in Puerto Rico (with video)

Poughkeepsie Journal, August 1:
29 SUNY students spent 2 weeks repairing homes in Puerto Rico

The Palladium-Times, July 27:
Sweat, concrete, rice and beans: SUNY Oswego students travel to Puerto Rico

Syracuse Post-Standard, July 25:
SUNY stands with Puerto Rico: Student volunteers help with rebuilding efforts

WXXI, July 24:
SUNY and CUNY students helping Puerto Rico rebuild

Watertown Daily Times, July 18:
SUNY Potsdam students and faculty headed to Puerto Rico to assist with hurricane recovery

Rochester First, July 17:
Upstate students in Puerto Rico rebuilding nearly a year after Hurricane Maria

The Daily Star, July 13:
SUNY Oneonta students help in Puerto Rico

ABC Utica, July 12:
Local SUNY Students Volunteering in Puerto Rico

Newsday, July 6:
Long Island college students head to Puerto Rico to help rebuild

Spectrum News, July 3: 
NY college students helping Puerto Rico rebuild this summer (with video)

NBC New York, June 25: 
SUNY Students Still Helping to Rebuild in Puerto Rico (with video)

NY Daily News, June 7: 
New York college students pitching in to help Puerto Rico recovery

Democrat & Chronicle, April 19:
College credit for volunteering in Puerto Rico: Here's how

S. News and World Report, May 29: 
New York Helps Puerto Rico Recover From Hurricane Maria

Campus Reports

Chancellor Johnson visits Puerto Rico


Governor Cuomo takes a picture with SUNY student volunteers in Puerto Rico.
Governor Cuomo poses with SUNY student volunteers in city street in Puerto Rico.
Governor Cuomo points at a house roof while walking down the street with students in Puerto Rico.
SUNY Stands With Puerto Rico