I recently learned that more than 22,000 households are still displaced from the storm, and over 75,000 residents were affected in Staten Island a lone. This was a shocking fact to learn since most of Manhattan no longer sees the impact of Sandy and many New Yorkers (including myself) have forgotten there is a lot of recovery work still needed right in our own backyard. I thought it would be a perfect end to the school year for Juilliard's club, ARTreach to host a one-day service project to support the recovery efforts in State Island.
The incredible group of volunteers, Curtis, Matthew, Emily Chelsea, Robert, Victoria, Cleo, Khari, Priscilla, and JJ met at school at 7:45am wide awake and excited for the day. We arrived on the site by 9:00 and were immediately greeted by our contact from Yellow Boots, as well as Sandy's destruction and impact.