Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

First Year Students Serve Larger Community

Sandy Relief ProjectOn Saturday, August 24, as a part of Orientation, 18 students from the class of 2017 participated in a Sandy Relief Project. Sponsored by the Duchesne Center, first-year students were given the opportunity to serve the larger community.

Instead of taking part in other events planned for Welcome Weekend and Orientation, these students chose to support those families still affected by the aftermath of Sandy. "I took part in the Duchesne activity because of how great it feels to positively impact someone’s life," Tiana Carty ’17, a freshman majoring in Biology, stated.  "To get involved on this campus feels great because of events like these."


Craig Donnelly, community service coordinator for the Duchesne Center, stated, “It was a refreshing feeling to work with a new group of freshmen so willing to jump outside of their comfort zone and help the community.”

Students who took part in the event helped an older couple work to rebuild their home that had been devastated by Sandy. Students removed sheetrock, cleared debris from inside the home, and cleaned the front and back lawn.

Erika Rosell’17, Digital Media Production major, joined the Duchesne Center event to become part of a dynamic service experience. “To be able to reach out directly to a family whose home was still under construction ten months after the storm hit was incredibly rewarding in and of itself”, said Rosell. “The experience was a memorable way to begin my first semester ever.”