SUNY Stands with Puerto Rico

SUNY is proud to partner with Governor Andrew Cuomo to offer students a unique and rewarding service learning opportunity to support his NY Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative. New York State is mobilizing students from SUNY and CUNY to work through non-profit organizations that are aiding in the reconstruction and revitalization efforts of communities across the island damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Student volunteers will work with partner organizations identified by the Governor’s Office that are on the ground in Puerto Rican communities conducting recovery work, including debris removal, roof repair, and light construction.

Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance as space will be limited. However, SUNY will work to place as many remaining applicants in similar service opportunities through additional non-profit organizations as they become available. Opportunities will run from mid-June through late-August in two-week sections*.

All programs will be hands-on service learning experiences that require physical work in a tropical climate during the summer. Proper precautions and safety measures will be taken, and students will work under the supervision of faculty and staff from SUNY and the partner non-profit organizations.

Students selected for service learning programs this summer can expect:
  • Lodging, most meals, transportation and supervision, all provided at no cost to the student.  Free airfare will be provided from a New York City-area airport (any cost for transportation & accommodation to/from NYC-area airport is not included)
  • Three credits covered by a SUNY scholarship
  • A stipend
To be eligible for this program, you must:
  • Be committed to work in Puerto Rico for two consecutive weeks (specific timing of each two-week session will be determined by the host non-profit organization)
  • Be in good academic standing at your SUNY college or university
  • Have the required documentation for domestic travel – examples include a U.S. passport, state-issued driver’s license, state-issued photo identification card, U.S. passport card, US military ID, or a permanent resident card
  • Capacity to perform construction-related tasks under the supervision of a trained professional
  • Submit an essay describing why this service learning opportunity would be important to you
  • Commit to representing SUNY and your institution with professionalism and respect for others while in Puerto Rico

Friday, May 18 – Applications submitted through the link below due by 11:59 p.m.

Wednesday, May 23 – Notifications for the first round of placement.

Ongoing rolling admissions for subsequent cohorts: If you are not selected in the first round of service opportunities through All Hands and Hearts, there will be additional programs identified in the coming days and weeks. Unless withdrawn, all applications will remain valid and will be considered for placement until all available spaces are filled. All applicants who are not selected for the first round will be notified by May 23. You will then be notified at least two weeks in advance if your application is accepted for a subsequent round of placements

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