Oneonta Relief Corps Plans Benefit Events

November 7th, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized

A new student-faculty group at SUNY Oneonta has planned two benefit events this weekend to support the college’s Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Six SUNY Oneonta students teamed up with faculty and staff at the beginning of October to create the Oneonta Relief Corps (ORC), a new group seeking to help people suffering due to natural disasters.

“For our first mission, we planned on heading down to Mississippi to help those who needed assistance after Hurricane Isaac,” said Sarah Weigel, a SUNY Oneonta junior from Milford. “While still in the process of looking for a place to go, Hurricane Sandy struck and turned out to be one of the worst natural disasters to hit the East Coast in years. As a group, we decided to stay local, thinking of the millions of people who were not prepared for such a catastrophe and who could use our help — and the fact that a majority of our fellow classmates are from the areas that were affected.”

A Kid’s Night Out babysitting fundraiser is planned for Saturday, Nov. 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the college’s Chase Gym, where student volunteers will entertain children with games, arts and crafts, and other activities. The cost is $15.

A benefit show, featuring Sophie Gault & Co. with Rough Crowd, will be held Saturday at The Autumn Café on Main Street. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. and the music will start at 10. There is a $3 cover, with all proceeds going toward relief efforts. Donations are welcome at both events.

ORC plans to head downstate from Dec. 14-22 to help families rebuild and recover. The group is closely affiliated with the college’s Center for Social Responsibility and Community, which is collecting donations of money and supplies and will coordinate weekend relief trips downstate as soon as it is safe to travel.

People interested in volunteering their time can contact the CSRC via email at csrc@oneonta.edu or at (607) 436-2262 for more information. Those who would like to donate money to the disaster relief fund can contact CSRC Director Linda Drake at linda.drake@oneonta.edu or faculty member Wendy Mitteager at wendy.mitteager@oneonta.edu. The disaster relief fund will be used to pay for volunteer trips and purchase needed items ranging from flashlights to bottled water.