Berkeley College Provides Aid to Communities Affected by Superstorm Sandy


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In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Berkeley College has initiated a systemwide relief effort in support of the American Red Cross and food banks that serve those affected by the storm. The effort was organized through Berkeley Cares, which assists charities in the critical areas of food, shelter, health and student success. 

Non-perishable food and toiletries were collected at the College’s locations in New York and New Jersey and by Berkeley College Online. Berkeley College associates also were encouraged to make monetary donations to the American Red Cross, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and the Food Bank for New York City’s Virtual Food Bank. 

Early results of the effort included a delivery of nearly 500 pounds of food and toiletries to the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, as well as a truckload of items to the American Red Cross serving the Staten Island area. The last deliveries of the year will be made to the food banks this week. 

“Many of our students, associates and alumni experienced personal hardships as a result of Superstorm Sandy,” said Dario A. Cortes, PhD, Berkeley College President. “We continue to offer help and support to our neighbors who are still in need.” 

A leader in business education for more than 80 years, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 7,700 students — including over 800 international students — in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College has four New York locations — Midtown Manhattan, Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area, Brooklyn, and White Plains. And in New Jersey there are four locations — Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark.  Berkeley College Online also offers full degree programs. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields. The website address is

Photo Caption: Associates from the Berkeley College Office of Student Development and Campus Life in White Plains pack up clothing and supplies to be delivered to victims of Superstorm Sandy in the Staten Island area. Left to right are Andrew Peak, Residence Counselor; Anthony Drayton, Senior Resident Assistant and student; Melissa Vidam, Director; and Talyn Garner-Cook, Office Assistant and student. 

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