RPI Relief

RPI Relief

RPI Relief- 12 Years of Service Helping Communities in Need

In late August 2005, RPI students launched the RPI Relief Campaign in an effort to help communities around the world suffering from a variety of natural disasters. Since then, they have responded to Hurricane Katrina, the Indonesian Earthquake and Tsunami, the Pakistani Earthquake, Turkish Earthquake, Haitian Earthquake, Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami, Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, and most recently the Philippines Hurricane. All of the campaigns helped to raise relief money; students used their creative resources to host a variety of programs to raise awareness and as much money as they could to help those suffering from the disasters. Funds raised were sent to organizations like The American Red Cross, Red Crescent, Save the Children, Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF, and local organizations like SALT - Schoharie Area Long Term. Students were able to physically help beginning in the fall of 2011, when Hurricane Irene struck the capital region, dumping 10 inches of rain into swollen creeks and reservoirs. This disaster was the first in which students and the Rensselaer Community could actually serve the community directly with boots on the ground helping the flood stricken region recover from a storm or disaster.

In the spring of 2012, RPI students officially launched the Mighty Waters Campaign to address the ongoing flood relief and community restoration following the devastation from Hurricane Irene. The storm impacted our community - the region around the mighty waters of the Schoharie Creek, the Mohawk and Hudson rivers and the Poestenkill. The initiative also responded to Hurricane Sandy, serving the Staten Island community. The response to the RPI Relief: Hurricane Irene initiative continues into the 2014-2015 academic year; Since the first trip on September 11, 2011, 182 students, staff and faculty have participated over 30 service trips, filling more than 600 volunteer slots, for a total of over 5,000 service hours answering the call to assist in the flood recovery efforts in our community.

In the Fall 2017, the RPI Community is coming together with RPI Relief efforts in support of southern communities impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Students interested in helping organize the RPI Relief efforts are encouraged to contact the Dean of Students Office to get involved.

Community Service, Phone: (518) 276-3098, Fax: (518) 276-4839