2012-12-28 / Top Stories

Rockaway UAlbany Student Help Clean Up

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, University at Albany students, faculty and staff supported relief efforts in a variety of capacities.

Volunteers raised funds, mucked out structures destroyed by flood waters, distributed food, water and supplies, dragged soggy furniture from damaged homes, knocked down moldy drywall, pumped out basements and shoveled sand left behind by the storm. Among them was UAlbany senior Ally Berlingieri of Rockaway Park. She was part of a team that helped a homeowner on Beach 66th Street rip down the badly damaged ceilings, walls and floors in his house. Her own family lives just 10 minutes away.

Says Berlingieri, “My family still does not have heat nearly seven weeks after the storm. Our electricity returned during Thanksgiving.”

“The fact that my school is reaching out to my hometown made me ecstatic.” After seeing the post hurricane devastation, students rallied on Facebook to support Project Sandy, an effort UAlbany counselor Claudio Gomez, who remembered how he felt when his mother's home outside Cobleskill was hit by Hurricane Irene, established to centralize donation collection locations, raise thousands of dollars and organize bus trips of volunteers to bring much needed support to storm survivors.

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