November 26, 2012

Students Raise Funds for Hurricane Victims

Anthony Rodriguez pledged to help relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy.

When sophomore architecture major Anthony Rodriguez saw photos on Facebook of his New Jersey hometown in the aftermath of Sandy, he was inspired to act. Unable to go home or raise money on his own, he contacted Dean of Students Annamaria Wenner to ask what Wentworth could do to help.

“Growing up near the Jersey Shore, all the places where I went when I was a kid are gone. That really struck me,” said Rodriguez, who is from Bayonne, New Jersey.

Wenner and Rodriguez decided to create a change drive, with boxes and jugs around campus where Wentworth students, faculty, and staff can leave money, which will be donated to the Red Cross. Rodriguez said he believes that a small amount of change can make a big difference.

The jars will stay until the end of the semester, when Wenner will announce how much has been collected. So far, the fund has raised over $400.

“When Anthony reached out and asked what we could do to help the people hit hard by Sandy, my heart swelled with pride and I was confirmed in my belief that I am blessed to work with Wentworth students,” said Wenner.  “See a problem.  Make a difference.  That’s what they do.”

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