Stafford Teachers And Residents Together
On October 29th, 2012 Hurricane Sandy devastated the community where I live and teach. Over 240 students in my district were displaced when about 4,000 homes were flooded by the storm’s tidal surge. Thankfully my home was unscathed but the thought, “There but for the Grace of God go I.” kept running through my head. I was motivated to be the catalyst of change and created a non-profit, grassroots organization comprised of teachers and staff from my school district. Stafford Teachers And Residents Together, S.T.A.R.T., is still running today as a community based volunteer relief group. In the immediate weeks and months following the storm we organized over 2,500 volunteers who worked in excess of 11,500 hours cleaning up and rebuilding over 800 homes and businesses. START was responsible for saving residents more than $3 million dollars. But most importantly volunteers brought hope to a community that needed it. START helped a community heal from the trauma the storm inflicted on it. For this work I received many honors and notices but the respect of my community is the greatest reward. One specific honor that meant a lot to me was being named the 2013 Humanitarian of the Year by the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation.
START’s response to Hurricane Sandy
My One on One Interview with Steve Adubato