As the city emerges from the shadow of Hurricane Sandy, we at NYU are communicating with our local partner organizations to assess and address the needs of those affected by the storm.
Already, students and faculty from the NYU College of Nursing partnered with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York to go door-to-door to over 100 elderly and potentially vulnerable area residents while power was out in the neighborhood. (Read more at the Washington Square News »)
Other students assembled and delivered hundreds of packs of food, water, and supplies, both in University-coordinated food drops and in coordination with a wide consortium of non-profit partners. Still others assisted Congressman Nadler’s and Council Member Chin’s offices in dispersing more than 1500 FEMA meals to hard-hit populations. More have been finding new ways to connect with an initiate service projects through the NYU Service portal, an on-campus system that syncs with opportunities on VolunteerMatch.org. All the while, University-wide drives for food, blankets, and other supplies have brought in hundreds of items, which we have been busily distributing to partners throughout the city.
We are continuing to mobilize to help those in need. Anyone looking for ways to contribute help - both those within the NYU community and any of our neighbors - can explore the NYU NYU Hurricane Sandy Relief page for volunteer opportunities, blood drives, student-led initiatives, food and supplies drives, and information on organizations seeking donations and assistance. Real-time updates can be found at NYUService on Facebook and by following @NYUService or #NYUResponds on Twitter. For email alerts on ways to help, email email@example.com.
New York University hopes that the greater community has come safely through the worst of Hurricane Sandy and is able to begin putting life back in order. Our thoughts go out to those still dealing with power outages, the lack of heating, and storm damage as we work to move forward.