Concern for our neighbors and community knows no season. But for many at the Mailman School, the experience of Hurricane Sandy has brought a heightened sense of responsibility and commitment to those in need that continues as we head into the holidays.
Mailman students sprang into action immediately after the storm, which destroyed about 1,000 homes in New York City and disproportionately affected low-income people, people of color, the elderly, and individuals with chronic health conditions. Ben Spoer (MPH ’14) and 17 other students trekked to the Rockaways in Queens, where they dropped off much-needed supplies and spent the day clearing debris (see photo). Joshua Kriger (MS ’14) volunteered at the Park Slope Armory in Brooklyn, where he reunited a stroke patient evacuated during the storm with his daughter. Chloe Hirshhorn (MPH ’14) joined with the volunteer group New York Cares to check-in on people stranded without power in East Village high-rises.
And the help continues. Rebecca Lo (MPH ’13), vice president of the Student Government Association, and Samantha Hillson (MPH ’13), president of Group for Community Recovery, have joined with the Black and Latino Student Caucus to organize a food drive for residents of storm-torn neighborhoods.
Want to pitch in? Here are ways to participate in helping those affected by Sandy and other neighbors in need during this holiday season.