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Two Dozen Athletes Help Newark Non-Profit Still Hurting from Hurricane

WHAT:  Some 25 members of NJIT’s men’s track and field team will volunteer their brawn and brains tomorrow to tackle cleaning up the headquarters of IHS Development Corporation, Newark.   Ravaged by hurricanes Sandy and Irene, the building remains in need of help and students’ efforts.   Volunteers will remove light debris, lift moderate boxes and materials and perform minor carpentry repairs.  The students are part of a larger 600-body task force assembled during the past month by NJIT’s College of Architecture and Design (COAD). Dubbed the “Alternative Spring Break,” the effort has targeted cleaning up facilities, residences and areas damaged by the super storm.  Students from other colleges and universities are also participating.  

WHEN: March 19-22, 2013, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE:  IHS Development Corporation, 448 Springfield Ave Newark, 973-610-3394. 

WHO:  Team liaison John Crawford is in charge.   IHS Executive Director Cynthia D’Souza  founder, will be on hand, along with NJIT COAD Dean Urs Gauchat. The NJIT community has long partnered with IHS to help this non-profit provide services and programs to enhance the quality of life for Newark residents.  Although services are open to everyone, IHS programming focuses on helping women, youth at risk, seniors and persons with disabilities. 

BACKGROUND: Not long after Sandy struck, NJIT’s Alternative Spring Break was conceived to help municipal, social service, community and/or faith-based groups recover from the devastating hurricane.  Targeted clean-up was to include buildings, beachfronts, parks, buildings and more, highlighted by NJIT.  Assignments would be cleaning up beaches and/or parks; deconstructing homes (i.e., pulling out wall boards, shoveling mud out of basements); building new structures;  finishing work such as painting or simple carpentry; and survey work such as collecting data and information.  Although the university can’t offer college credit for the work, volunteers will receive a t-shirt and food and drinks.  Although calls continue to come in, to date, some 600 volunteers have signed up.  For more information, call 973-642-7831. 

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