main navigation
my pace

Current Students

back to Current Students

Spring(Break) Into Action

News Story

In October 2012, Superstorm Sandy destroyed more than 650,000 homes. Two and a half years later, there’s still plenty of work to be done. In March 2015, CCAR will host the third 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 homes and restore hope in the vibrant seaside community of the Rockaways almost two and a half years after Superstorm Sandy as the CCAR hosts Alternative Spring Break 2015. This is a spring break you can write home about.

Interested in how you can participate in this free volunteer opportunity? To apply, attend one of the upcoming info sessions:

Wednesday, February 4, 12:10–1:10 p.m.
Tuesday, February 10, 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Miller 16 (PLV) and E319 (NYC)

Last year, 15 Pace students spent their spring break in the Rockaways, tearing down homes and assisting in recovery. Here’s what just a few of them had to say:

“You become part of something larger than yourself and something like putting down a floor or putting up a wall becomes more than construction; it becomes something to truly be proud of.”—Charles Rehberger

“Fifteen Pace students from two different campuses and various backgrounds coming together for a purpose: building homes for families affected by Hurricane Sandy. If you can think about the ending to the movie The Breakfast Club, you might get a sense of my feelings on the last day of Alternative Spring Break.”—Ashley Lora

“Before the start of this Alternative Spring Break, I hadn’t physically seen the homes that were completely destroyed or washed away from the storm. The home that I worked in today, the water rose to 13 feet in the single story home. Hearing that members of the family had to seek shelter in their attic because of the rising water levels was shocking. However, being able to physically see the homes and the extensive damage was a moving experience. It was great to see a group of college students that barely knew each other come together as a team. Simple tasks such as putting up a clothes rack may seem small, but it was great knowing that my service is bringing a family one step closer to a completely rebuilt home.”—Brianna Williams

For more information on Alternative Spring Break, click here. To view testimonials from last year’s participants, click here. Interested in getting involved? E-mail or