Barnard and Columbia are very fortunate to have made it through Hurricane Sandy without damage to the campus or immediate neighborhood. But members of our community, and many people and organizations across the region, continue to face hardship and will be dealing with the storm’s repercussions for months to come.

Throughout the city and around campus, relief efforts are underway to help New Yorkers in need. For Barnard students, faculty, and staff who are interested in getting involved, below are a few local initiates associated with Barnard and Columbia that are looking for volunteers.

East Campus Food Drive

Friday 11/12  Friday 11/30

East Campus is having a food drive for City Harvest. Collection boxes are in Wein Hall's entrance hall and in the East Campus Lobby.

Barnard Reach Out: Post-Hurricane Sandy Riverside Park Clean-Up PROJECT AT CAPACITY 

Saturday 11/17           
10 a.m. — 1 p.m

Barnard’s New York Civic Engagement Program is organizing an effort to help the Riverside Park Fund clean up Riverside Park.  If interested in helping, complete the online registration form. Please note that this project is currently at capacity.

For questions, contact Adair Kleinpeter-Ross, BC ’13:

Columbia/Barnard Hillel Trip to the Rockaways or Staten Island

Sunday 11/18

12 p.m. — 4 p.m.

Columbia University’s Kraft Center is working with UJA-Federation to mobilize students to volunteer in either the Rockaways or Staten Island. A bus will leave from the Kraft Center (606 West 115 Street) at 12pm. Volunteers will clear out basements and homes to help families prepare to rebuild. A bagel brunch will be provided. If interested in helping, complete the online sign up sheet.

For questions, contact Dalia Shapiro, Engagement Coordinator at Columbia/Barnard Hillel:

Clinton Foundation Day of Action, Barnard College Team PROJECT AT CAPACITY 

Sunday 11/18

The Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative are taking action to support communities in New York, by bringing people and organizations together on November 18 for a Day of Action for New York. The organization is seeking to mobilize 1,000 people to make a meaningful difference in an area hard hit by Sandy. Volunteers will spend a day volunteering either on Staten Island, the Rockaways, or Long Beach. The Clinton Foundation will provide transportation to and from the service site.

The Barnard Civic Engagement Fellows are currently organizing a Barnard College Team to participate in the Day of Action. Anyone interested in joining the team should complete this internal registration form. Also, complete this online registration from available at Clinton Foundation’s website and write “Barnard College Team” in the “Organization/Company/School” field.

For questions, contact Valerie Chow, Associate Director, Civic Engagement and Experimental Learning :

2012 International Charity Santa Dash for Hurricane Relief

Sunday 12/2
1 p.m.

Columbia University students are organizing a charity walk for to raise money for hurricane relief. Come dressed as Santa Claus or any other holiday-related costume and walk from Columbia to Union Square. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information on how to get involved.  

Caped Columbians


Caped Columbians is a Columbia University Facebook group dedicated to organizing volunteer events to help with Hurricane Sandy relief. Visit the group’s page to get up to date information on volunteer opportunities.