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$10,000 Contribution Aids Atlantic Cape Students Affected by Sandy

November 19, 2012

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Student Government Association voted last week to allocate $10,000 to help Atlantic Cape students hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.

The money will go to the Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students set up by the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation to aid students who lost their homes, transportation, wages, books and computers due to the superstorm that hit the region Oct. 29.

Bryan Dufresne of Woodbine, SGA president, said: “We believe it’s our Student Government mission to help the student body in any way they need to be helped.  We feel this is the best way to help our peers who lost so much during the storm.”  SGA leadership reallocated emergency, contingency and operating funds to the cause.

More than 300 students have applied to the fund so far.  Awards are modest—up to $200—but organizers hope the assistance will help students with some of their basic needs following the storm.  Including the SGA donation, the Foundation has received $17,500 to date and continues to fund-raise to support applications for relief.

DuFresne and SGA leaders called on others to follow their example.  “As leaders of the student community, we are calling on other leaders in the community to help with the Sandy Relief Fund in any way they can.  Every little bit counts.”

More than 25 percent of Atlantic Cape’s 7,500 students lived on the barrier islands at the time Sandy struck and many lost everything in the storm.

In their aid applications, students report losing their books and laptops when they quickly evacuated in advance of the hurricane and of returning home to find their dwellings in low-lying areas uninhabitable.  They have had trouble getting to school because their cars were destroyed by tidal flooding and they can’t afford bus transportation.  In many cases, they lost income because their hours were eliminated or cut back in the local hospitality industry, itself suffering from the aftereffects of the storm.

“These applications are heartbreaking,” said Dean Patricia Gentile, Executive Director of the Foundation.  “Students have suffered tremendous losses and we’re working to ensure that they don’t also lose their dream of a college education.”

Those who wish to contribute to the Sandy Fund can do so online by visiting http://www.atlantic.edu/relief/. Those who prefer to send a check, can make it out to the        Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation and send it to: the Sandy Relief Fund for Atlantic Cape Students, Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210-1972

For more information, contact Dr. Patricia Gentile, Executive Director, Atlantic Cape Foundation at 609-463-4507 or pgentile@atlantic.edu.