A representative group of SUNY Plattsburgh students recently presented a check for $4,000 to the American Red Cross for Superstorm Sandy relief after coordinating a number of fundraising efforts.
“The North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross is so grateful to the students and faculty at SUNY Plattsburgh for their tremendous fundraising efforts in response to Superstorm Sandy,” said Lynn Gilbert, Executive Director of the North Country Chapter. “Even four months following the devastation, the Red Cross is still actively delivering services to the hardest hit areas. This generous contribution from SUNY Plattsburgh has allowed us to continue with our disaster relief efforts as we move forward with long-term recovery assistance. Thank you on behalf of the families affected by ‘Sandy’ and on behalf of the American Red Cross.”
Just after Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast, a group of Student Affairs professionals gathered to discuss how the students may react to the aftermath of this unprecedented storm.
Realizing many students would want to fundraise for relief efforts, Allison Swick-Duttine, the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at SUNY Plattsburgh, gathered as many student groups as possible and combined their fundraising efforts through a number of creative events.
Swick-Duttine gathered any students interested in assisting on this fundraising effort for a number of meetings and brainstorming sessions. The students wanted to effectively and efficiently raise as much money as they could for a cause they believed in.
“We knew our fundraising could be much more effective if the students worked together,” Swick-Duttine said, “I think it’s always encouraging to see students come together to help their community.”
Students collected donations at craft fairs, hosted coin drives on campus and at Champlain Centre and went through every dorm to collect coins from on-campus residents. The students ended their fundraising efforts on February 28, 2013 with a Friendly’s Fun Night where all customer bills donated 20% of their check to the American Red Cross.
SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling supported the student’s fundraising efforts by attending today’s check presentation. “I shouldn’t be surprised, but I continue to be amazed by how generous our students can be with their fundraising. I’m impressed and always am.” President Ettling said.
Superstorm Sandy is the largest U.S. response by the Red Cross in more than five years. To date, the American Red Cross has served 13.4 million meals, handed out more than 7 million relief items, provided more than 112,000 people with health services and emotional support contacts and provided more than 81,000 shelter stays. The Red Cross is still distributing, on average, 30,000 meals and snacks each day in New York.
About SUNY Plattsburgh:
The State University of New York College at Plattsburgh prepares a diverse population of undergraduate and graduate students for a wide range of professional pursuits, responsible citizenship, and ethical life based on a strong foundation in the liberal arts. The college is a selective public institution offering an affordable yet high-quality education.
Front: (From left to right) Peter Ensel, SUNY Plattsburgh Professor and Red Cross Board Member; Jake Goldblum, Sigma Tau Gamma Representative; Carly Schneider, Sigma Delta Tau Representative; Sarah Wild, SUNY Plattsburgh Graduate Intern; Lynn Gilbert, Executive Director of the North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross; Chelsea Craig, SUNY Plattsburgh Communications Intern at the North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross; Diane Wyand, Accounting Controller at SUNY Plattsburgh and Red Cross Board Member
Back: (From left to right) John Ettling, President of SUNY Plattsburgh; Greg Halloran, Tau Kappa Epsilon Representative; Allison Swick-Duttine, Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at SUNY Plattsburgh
Photo Credit: David E. Martin, freelance photographer and North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross Volunteer