For Immediate Release
March 28, 2014
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BROCKPORT, NY—A group from The College at Brockport, State University of New York, spent their spring break assisting in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts on Long Island, NY. For the second year, students from Brockport joined the Volunteer Recovery Center of Long Island for the Brockport Alternative Spring Break for the “restoration and rebuilding of damaged homes and broken hearts."
Six students accompanied Brockport Coordinator of Service & Community Building Rich Harris in volunteer efforts that included helping families who have not been provided government aid to rebuild their destroyed houses. “I can’t imagine that feeling, being without a house, having to find alternate housing and transportation for my family,” Harris said.
During the five-day project, the team performed tasks such as sheet rocking, flooring and painting. During this time, the team was also able to build relationships. “The group did not know each other until the trip, now they are like family,” said Harris.
“When engaging in service, it is important to realize that this could be you,” Harris said, “At the the end of the day, It is our responsibility to help students realize that they can impact the community.
Junior Arthur Brooks was able to benefit from this experience. Through the trip Brooks was able to grow a new appreciation for community service. “I feel satisfied with myself because I dedicated my time and energy to help others, especially people I had no connection with at all,” said Brooks.
The Volunteer Recovery Center provided funds necessary for travel and housing for the team, making it possible for the team to make the trip. “We are so grateful that The College at Brockport has reached out to our communities with compassion and generosity supporting the restoration and rebuilding of damaged homes and broken hearts," said Diana O’Neill, executive director of the volunteer center.
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