In September 2011, Binghamton faculty, staff and students pitched in to help Broome County residents who were displaced from their homes — some permanently — by flooding caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. In most cases, students were helping strangers. After this fall’s Hurricane Sandy, some students found themselves helping friends and family back home.
The University community has pulled together to raise money and collect goods to send to those affected by the hurricane — and done so in some creative ways. Wimer Alberto, a resident director at Binghamton, pledged $1 to the Red Cross for each time his tweet was retweeted — a strategy that was used at other universities across the country to raise money. One of the student fundraisers was called Cloudy with a Chance of Pancakes (all-you-can-eat, regular or chocolate chip!).
For more information on hurricane relief, see the Center for Civic Engagement’s flood recovery page.