Tulane students headed to New Jersey, New York to help with Sandy recovery

March 14, 2013

Barri Bronston
Phone: 504.314.7444

In the spirit of helping those who helped New Orleans and Tulane University in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Tulane Center for Public Service is organizing an alternative spring break to areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Outreach Tulane: Sandy Edition will take place March 25 to 29 in various parts of New York and New Jersey, including Long Island, Queens, Manhattan and Bergen County, N.J.  Dozens of students, many of whom are from storm-affected areas, will participate.

“Tulane students approached us with the idea,” said Jackie Mabry, development officer for the Center for Public Service, which is partnering with Tulane Hillel and Tulane Alternative Breaks. “It’s about taking the spirit of renewal and recovery from New Orleans and bringing that to Sandy-affected areas.” 

Tulane established the center in 2006 after Katrina flooded 80 percent of New Orleans, killed more than 1,800 people and forced tens of thousands to flee the city. Recognizing that active civic engagement builds strong healthy communities, the center unites academics with service in New Orleans and beyond.

“So many of our students were directly affected,” said Tulane senior Elayna Napoli of Chicago, one of several student leaders involved in the project. “Tulane’s emphasis on public service as well as the outpouring of help after Katrina makes the Sandy relief project a natural for Tulane students.”

Day-long service projects include rebuilding homes in northern New Jersey with Habitat for Humanity, cleaning up city parks in Manhattan with New York Partnerships for Parks and assisting in recovery work in the Rockaways with the nonprofit group Smallwater. 

An appreciation reception will be held March 28 in Manhattan, where Daniel Etheridge of the Tulane School of Architecture will talk about the school’s hurricane recovery work on the Jersey Shore.


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