Irene and Isaac: Union’s reply


By Matt Olson


Since Hurricane Irene hit the East Coast last year, the Union College community has been contributing to relief efforts in the surrounding areas. Since this summer’s Hurricane Isaac, the efforts of organizations on campus has continued.

Schoharie County, just west of the immediate Capital Region, received water damage as floodwaters raced through small towns and communities after Hurricane Irene.  Union College’s varsity crew teams traveled to Schoharie County to aid in the recovery.  This relief continued in projects led by sociology professor Janet Grigsby.

At Union, the sisters of Sigma Gamma Rho held a “Treats for Isaac” fundraiser in Reamer on Wednesday, September 12, in order to raise money in relief efforts.

“We were interested in putting on Treats for Isaac because Union is already involved in recovery efforts in Louisiana…our sorority has been following coverage on the area and it has been a difficult recovery for the victims,” Vice President Helena-Jasmine Sowah ‘13 said.

The timing of the event was intentional: “On the first week back at school, nobody had started any fundraising yet,” said President Jennifer Ofori-Kyerewah ‘13. “We got some help from the Kenney center and help from students on campus,” she said. “We are really excited that we did it.”

Sowah noted, “Treats for Isaac was a very successful bake sale—we raised more money than expected due to wonderful donations from Union students, faculty and staff. All proceeds are going to the American Red Cross!”



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