REGISTER NOW - Mighty Waters - Fall Trips 2013

Community Service

RPI Relief: Hurricane Irene

Rensselaer students continue to help with efforts to support local communities impacted by Hurricane Irene which struck the region on Sunday, August 28, 2011, as well as other flood damage along the Schoharie, Mohawk and Hudson Rivers. We have worked hand-in-hand with the team at Schoharie Area Long Term [SALT] to assist in the community's recovery. The hurricane devasted communities situated along the major streams and rivers in the Hudson River Valley, especially the Schoharie Creek, the Poestenkill, and the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers.

On June 28 2013, another storm hit our region - devastating the community of Fort Plain, along the Mohawk River; many homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed in this flood. RPI Mighty Waters has been asked to assist with the clean up efforts here, where the community is still in the clean-up stage, removing silt from basements and clearing storm debris. The team from SALT is leading the initiative in Fort Plain. And, as we learned with the NRB Trip to Schoharie on August 21, there are still many homes that are in need of assistance in this community that has only recovered by an estimated 65%.

The projects organized for Fall 2013 for students, staff and faculty follow:

Students, staff and faculty members who would like to participate in any or all of these events should register on the Community Service Day Registration WEBFORM below, indicating which day(s) they would like to participate. Anyone wishing to participate more than one day should indicate the additional date(s) in the notes section. Participants will receive a confirmation email prior to their service date, with further safety instructions for the volunteer site. Volunteers are required to wear long pants and long sleeve shirts, and heavy shoes or boots; they will be provided with gloves, a face-mask, and goggles, water and a RPI RELIEF: Mighty Waters, or Hurricane Irene t-shirt.

Each individual who wishes to participate in RPI RELIEF: Mighty Waters Community Service Day activities must complete the

Community Service Day Registration WEBFORM
Date assignments will be made on a first come, first serve basis, and will be limited to transporation accomodations. If you have questions or need more information, contact 276-3098, or send us an email.

History: Since the spring of 1999, Rensselaer has hosted Community Service Days. Each spring and autumn over the last 13 years, Rensselaer student, faculty, staff, and administration volunteers have provided essential help in the City of Troy, raking fallen leaves, trailblazing, and planting bulbs in area parks, in preparation for the upcoming seasons. The work is valued not only by the caretakers of the parks serviced, but also by members of the community who are able to take full advantage of what these areas offer year-round. RPI Relief efforts began in 2005, with Hurricane Irene, and have continued since, making possible a student response to major national and international disasters.

Last modified: Nov 12, 2013
Community Service, Phone: (518) 276-3098, Fax: (518) 276-4839