Westchester Magazine interviews SCA member about work on SCA's Sandy Recovery Project.
Many people talk about giving back to the community, but one Rye Brook resident, Jeff Sohn, actually took action. Sohn was part of a crew of student volunteers working to help restore parks that were severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The group was participating in the Student Conservation Association’s (SCA) Sandy Recovery Project, which was sponsored by American Eagle Outfitters.
After about 100 applications, 17 students were chosen based on submitted essays. Voters of an online contest decided to send the group to work in the National Parks of New York Harbor for a week.
I was able to speak with Sohn, who recently graduated from the University of Albany, about his experience.
Why did you decide to participate in this experience?
JS: It was an opportunity to meet like minded people who are environmentally conscious, have an appreciation for the outdoors, think the way that I do, and know the importance of preserving the natural world. The program sparked my attention so I decided to jump on it.
How did you hear about the program?
JS: I heard about it through the SCA list serve and since I “like” the SCA on Facebook I saw it there. And I actually expected there to be a lot people who were similar to me, but overall it was a pretty diverse group.