November 8, 2012 — The FM Athletic and TRiO Programs are co-sponsoring an initiative called “Operation FM Cares.” Due to the devastation brought on by Hurricane Sandy, FM students and staff are planning a one-day trip to Staten Island this Sunday, November 11. The College will be chartering a bus to transport a crew of FM staff and students to assist in the clean-up efforts.
Volunteers will be working closely with Councilman Vincent Ignizio who represents Staten Island’s South Shore. Ignizio, a 30-year resident of Staten Island, claimed that this disaster is the worst he has ever seen on the South Shore. According to Chris Rogers, Coordinator for Student Athlete Academic Success, Men’s Soccer Coach, and co-coordinator of the trip, Ignizio’s Office was very happy to hear of FM’s concern and desire to lend a helping hand.
The bus will leave the College’s campus at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday morning and arrive in Staten Island at approximately 10:00 a.m. “We will be assisting the residents by cleaning up debris in and around the homes in one of the South Shore neighborhoods,” says Rogers.
Community members can help by donating much needed items to assist in the College’s endeavor which include heavy duty brooms and rakes, work gloves, Latex gloves, face masks, heavy duty trash bags, tarps, plastic storage bins with lids, battery operated flashlights and lanterns, Size D and 9-volt batteries, bleach, plastic sheeting, and hand sanitizer.
For further details, contact Rogers at (518) 736-FMCC (3622) ext. 8153 or Shirl Doherty, TRiO Learning Center Coordinator and co-coordinator of the trip, at ext. 8067.