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Volunteers Provide Comfort and Care to Sandy Victims

Volunteers Provide Comfort and Care to Sandy Victims

More than 70 volunteers from the College community helped patients staying in the Physical Education Center after being displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

College volunteers included students from Democracy House, the service-learning program; students from the radiography program; students and faculty from the nursing program; as well as other students and alumni. A number of clergy visited the patients and transported them back home as they were discharged.

Volunteers distributed meals and visited with the patients, trying to keep their spirits up. The student nurses also helped with showering and other activities of daily living, personal needs, and taking blood pressure.

Nancy Berger, director of the nursing program, said the week of volunteering provided a chance to help the community as well as for student nurses to be exposed to caring for people during a disaster.

“Our nursing program understands the necessity for community involvement,” she said. “When Hurricane Sandy hit, a number of students had asked about volunteering. This is a great opportunity because it allows them to see that nursing takes place in all environments. More and more, health care is happening in the community – not just hospitals or clinics. This was the chance for our students to see that trend happening and to participate in it. It was also an opportunity to give back to the community.”

Student nurse Raychelle Grooms said her service was fulfilling.

“This was an opportunity to help the community and also to learn more about the nursing field,” she said.

A student from Democracy House was also proud of the work of her organization.

“It was an honor and my pleasure to help out,” said Rebecca Lynn Gonzalez. “I hope they are all ok and getting on with their lives. By working hard and together, we can make a big difference to help the world.”

College President Joann La Perla-Morales thanked all the volunteers for their service.

“I hope you feel a sense of pride in your work,” she said. “You made a real difference in helping New Jersey recover from that terrible storm.”