SUNY SCCC and Schenectady County Collecting Donations to Aid Puerto Rico in Wake of Hurricane Maria

Schenectady County and SUNY Schenectady County Community College  (SUNY SCCC) are joining together to coordinate a community-wide donation effort in support of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.  The effort will begin Monday, October 2.

“Schenectady County residents have a reputation for coming together in times of need to help their neighbor,” said Legislator Holly Vellano, Chair of the Committee on Education and Libraries.  “Now we have the opportunity come together again as a community to support those devastated by Hurricane Maria.” 

“We’re helping our fellow Americans in their time of need,” said Dr. Steady Moono, President of SUNY SCCC. “This is just another example of our College coming together to do important things locally and beyond.”

Members of the public are encouraged to donate specific needed items or to make a cash donation.  The collection will be coordinated in partnership with Governor Cuomo’s Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico and delivered through the Governor’s supply chain.  Monetary donations can be made through the Governor’s website at

As part of the drive, only the following items will be accepted: batteries, flashlights, portable lanterns, diapers, baby wipes, cases of water and feminine hygiene products. Donation items should be unopened and in their original packaging.

SUNY SCCC has established several collection sites, including:

  • Begley Library
  • Elston Hall Lobby
  • Canalside Café
  • Campus Bookstore
  • School of Music Building Lobby

Additional County-wide community drop-off locations include:

  • Schenectady County Office Building
  • Schenectady County Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Schenectady County Public Library – Central, Glenville, Niskayuna and Rotterdam Branches
  • Schenectady County Glendale Home

Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island of Puerto Rico on September 24, 2017, as a Category 4 hurricane with strong winds and rain, knocking out power across the island and leaving many without shelter. The hurricane was the third strongest hurricane to hit the United States, stronger than Hurricane Irma which recently hit the Florida Keys.

The governor’s plan encourages New York State residents to donate goods and to raise funds to help the people of Puerto Rico recover and rebuild, and to provide opportunities for New Yorkers to contribute directly to relief efforts. The plan also includes efforts from medical professionals to send health care workers from New York to Puerto Rico to provide on-the-ground assistance and medical supplies.



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