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Spring Into Action

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In October 2012, Superstorm Sandy destroyed more than 650,000 homes. A year later, at least 22,000 households are still displaced with plenty of work to still be done. In March 2014, CCAR will host the second Alternative Spring Break for Sandy Recovery.

Want to serve your fellow New Yorkers who are still struggling to restore and rebuild their communities after the storm?  This year, trade in your South Beach spring break to help rebuild in the Rockaways almost a year and a half after Superstorm Sandy as the CCAR partners with Friends of Rockaway and New York Cares to host Alternative Spring 2014: Superstorm Sandy Recovery in the Rockaways.

Interested in how you can participate in this free volunteer opportunity? Attend one of the upcoming info sessions and find out how you can get involved:

Friday, February 7, 12:15 p.m.
Monday, February 10, 12:15 p.m.
Miller 16 (PLV) and E319 (NYC)

Last year, more than 15 Pace students spent their spring break in Staten Island, tearing down homes and assisting in recovery.

Here’s what just a few of them had to say:

“Through my experiences this week I learned not only about the ‘forgotten borough’ filled with those who are still suffering and need assistance, but also about the humanity in all of the individuals who offered time and money to help. Not only did fellow New Yorkers flood in to work in homes and distribute food, but thousands from all over the country as well. Although the local governments may not have responded as efficiently and quickly as many expected, the volunteers who assisted, many that also lost so much, made the biggest impact. Just like after September 11th, we as New Yorkers, Americans, and as a people showed our true colors and came together. I learned from seeing the responses of many after Sandy and from this experience that I am proud to call this place my home.  I was also so proud to be working alongside my fellow classmates.”—Catherine

“It was a great experience. Something that I can take away from the experience is that we are more powerful than we actually think. We can actually make a difference. With every task that we completed on the trip, we received influxes of gratitude from people showing their appreciation. It may not seem like we did much, but using our spring break to spend time providing assistance to people that are in need makes a statement as well as a difference.”—Eva

“Some of the important 
lessons I took away for this day’s work was being a united force. From doing this work alone I saw how 
powerful and efficient we were when I did work together with other Alternative Spring break students.
 As we come together we are providing hope and stability for the future to come.”—Maritsa

“It was a great experience helping in the recovery efforts of this storm and at the same time it was also heart breaking. Having grown up in Florida, hurricanes are a part of life and having lived through Katrina and dozens of other storms I know how hard it can be for people affected to put their lives back in order. I can only imagine how hard it is for the people of Staten Island to deal with this and I can only hope that the people affected by Sandy experience the speediest recovery possible given the resources available.”—Nicholas

E-mail ccarplv@pace.edu or ccarny@pace.edu for more information.