At a benefit concert organized by the HWS Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, students and community members came together to collect donations for families affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Hosted at the downtown music venue FLX Live, the evening raised more than $1,570 through cover charges and donations made by El Morro Restaurant and generous individuals.
“Partnering with community members helped us create a mutual goal,” says Leila Dwyer ‘18, president of HWS Habitat for Humanity. “By supporting the mission of Habitat for Humanity, everyone’s donations will be focused on helping the Puerto Rico chapter assist victims of this natural disaster.”
More than 200 people attended the event, where Mainstream Band headlined. Other highlights of the evening included opening acts from Michael Rodriguez Gonzalez, the HWS band Jeans in the Pool and Dj Hameen.
Many attendees also donated essential items such as bottled water, baby items and hygiene kits. The collection was then transported to the New York State Trooper barracks in Rochester, N.Y. in partnership with the Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico, and will be shipped directly to the island.
Geneva City Counselor Mark Gramling, who also helped organize the event, says he has witnessed a high level of community interest in supporting Hurricane Maria victims.
“I knew our community would respond when called upon to address a very real need, yet the response exceeded my expectation,” says Gramling. “I’m grateful to the sponsors, musicians and attendees for their generosity.”
Additional donations can be dropped off at Creators Touch Barbershop on Exchange Street. On campus, donation boxes are located in the Office of Intercultural Affairs, the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) and at St. John’s Chapel.
Students interested in joining the HWS Habitat for Humanity Club can email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the CCESL office in Trinity 203. Other HWS groups raising funds for Hurricane Maria victims included the Latin American Organization, led by club President Yesica Bello ’18. The Caribbean Student Association, led by its club Prime Minister Caniesha Phillips ’19, raised funds for Hurricane Dominica.