Hundreds of SUNY Students Opt for Alternative Spring Break to Aid Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

March 25, 2013

SUNY Delhi students help restore a home in Brooklyn as part of SUNYs Alternative Spring Break program. ‌Albany — State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced that hundreds of SUNY students from campuses across the system have volunteered to spend their spring break in New York aiding in Hurricane Sandy clean up and recovery efforts.

In an “Alternative Spring Break” initiative ongoing through mid-April, students are working in areas still recovering from the storm to help in projects such as mold and debris removal and delivery of needed supplies raised through campus fundraisers.

“SUNY students possess many talents and we should all be inspired that so many are using their skills to aid their fellow New Yorkers,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. “These kids and the work ethic they bring to bear represent the best of our world-class SUNY system and are a reflection of Chancellor Zimpher’s commitment to New York and her students. I thank them all for their public service and for helping to rebuild our state.”

“From the days immediately following Hurricane Sandy and at every opportunity since, SUNY students, faculty, and staff have banded together and pooled their resources to help those affected by the storm,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Our campuses have served as beacons of comfort and hope, and this further sacrifice and commitment by our students exemplifies the power of SUNY. We could not be more proud.”

SUNY campuses in the affected regions are housing student volunteers close to the project sites, and some are staying in houses of worship. The Community Service Club at SUNY System Administration is hosting a series of fund raisers to help defer travel and food costs for participating students, who will work with a number of volunteer organizations including New York Cares in the Rockaways and South Brooklyn, and the Long Island Regional Volunteer Center. Many individual SUNY campuses across the State have hosted fundraisers, holding food drives, and continue to aid in the relief and recovery process.

“The outpouring of support was extraordinary in the weeks after Hurricane Sandy made landfall, but the recovery process continues today, months after the storm,” said Gary Bagley, Executive Director of New York Cares. “It’s inspiring to see the sustained commitment by SUNY students to their fellow New Yorkers, as they truly make the most of their spring break by rebuilding homes and lives in affected areas of the city.”

Earlier this month, 13 SUNY college campuses were named to President Obama’s 2013 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes colleges and universities nationally for a clear commitment to community service and service learning. SUNY Cortland and SUNY Oswego were named to the Honor Roll with distinction, while the following campuses were also recognized: UAlbany, Alfred State College, Binghamton University, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Delhi, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY ESF, SUNY Fredonia, Monroe Community College, SUNY Old Westbury, and Stony Brook University.

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