Hurricane Sandy landed on the coast of New Jersey, damaging homes, beaches and attractions in the surrounding area. (Photo courtesy of CasualCapture via Flickr Creative Commons)

We all are told to think of others this time of year, but some students are going above and beyond the call. While most of us will be enjoying times with family and recouping for the semester ahead, a dedicated group of students will be traveling to aid those whose homes were ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. According to CNN, Sandy has displaced over 11,000 people, and help is still essential to ensure the revival of the affected areas. Students at the College will have an opportunity to travel to New Jersey, from Jan. 2 to 7, in an effort to help those most affected by this storm.

On Jan. 2, students will make the drive to Atlantic City, New Jersey, with the set goal of getting their hands dirty and helping with the clean-up and restoration efforts currently going on in the state. In order to give students an opportunity to spend winter break charitably, Lauren Spinella is revitalizing the Alternative Winter Break program at the college.

Spinella said, “We’re going to get involved with disaster relief; we are heading into an emergency situation, so we will go wherever we are needed.”  She is optimistic and excited about the challenges awaiting the group.

The program, organized by the Center for Civic Engagement, will run on the registration fee of $55. According to Spinella, the break is sponsored by significant donations towards Sandy Relief.

“Waiting till the spring is not probable,” Spinella said. “these people need help now.”

The Center will accept applications for the volunteer program until Dec. 8. Anyone interested in participating in this program should contact Lauren Spinella at or drop by the Center for Civic Engagement on the second floor of the Lightsey Center .

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