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SUNY Stands with Puerto Rico

Two Akwesasne Youth Participating

 


The impact of Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma on the citizens of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands has been and continues to be dramatic. Many are displaced from their homes and struggling to rebuild. The State University of New York (SUNY) is doing what it can to help.

Following the destruction left behind by hurricanes Irma and Maria, SUNY has remained committed to our fellow American citizens who continue to repair and rebuild. From distributed supply and fundraising campaigns across our colleges, to coordinated efforts led by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative, SUNY is engaging with partners throughout the island to provide assistance and support. SUNY Potsdam is proud to partner with Governor Cuomo to offer students a unique and rewarding service learning opportunity in support of his NY Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative.

Student volunteers will work with partner organizations identified by the Governor’s Office that are on the ground in Puerto Rican communities conducting recovery work, including debris removal, roof repair, and light construction. The two groups will spend two weeks working with partner organizations on the ground, assisting in reconstruction and revitalization efforts.

Twenty-three students from SUNY Potsdam will take part. Akwesasne residents Amber Strable and Francine Thomas will be among a group of 30 students led by Assistant Professor of Public Health and Human Performance Christopher Torres.

 

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