A group of eight students from SUNY Geneseo spent their spring break last week in Massapequa and Freeport , Long Island assisting homeowners who are still repairing their homes in the wake of Hurricane Sandy last October.
Lexi Skill, a junior from Silver Springs, New York says the students removed dry wall damaged by mold and installed new walls and sheds for homeowners. "For the most part, in the places we've been, if you look at the homes you wouldn't know they were damaged. Most of it is internal. We were down on the shore and the backs of those homes were ripped off. You could see right through them. But for the most part, it's internal. The homes look fine on the outside." Tamara Kinney, assistant dean of students at SUNY Geneseo says the trip was a worthwhile effort for the students. "We've been able to go into some homes and help some people out who really needed assistance. Toward the end of the week we were starting to complete a job we started early in the week, so there's a nice sense of satisfaction from that."
The students were working with Livingston County Cares, a college/community organization that works on humanitarian projects including disaster relief and recovery efforts.