On the tenth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, and with the memories of the aftermath in mind, The Innovation Network (TIN) at Brookdale Community College has reached out to help the victims of Hurricane Ian by assisting fellow students at Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW). The Fort Myers campus was severely damaged and shut down by Ian one month ago. To help the college get back on its feet and to honor the donations and sacrifices that helped to make Monmouth and Ocean counties whole again, TIN members have teamed up with FSW Foundation to assist student hurricane victims. 

“Living through Sandy 10 years ago opened my eyes to how devastating these storms can be. But I also saw what happens when a community comes together to rebuild and help each other. I knew exactly what these residents of southwest Florida were experiencing after Hurricane Ian, and so when TIN decided to reach out to help the students and families of Florida SouthWestern College, I knew I wanted to be a part of that,” said Isabel Shaw, a journalism major and vice president of The Innovation Network. 

To honor the donations and sacrifices that helped to make Monmouth and Ocean counties whole again, please consider donating to Ian’s relief efforts by going to Florida Southwestern State College Foundation. The Foundation has also created a wish list for those affected at FSW. Visit FSW Disaster Supplies on Amazon to purchase those items or even donate less than $1.00 for a can of soup. Amazon will send wish list items to the Florida SouthWestern State College Lee Campus distribution center and the FSW Mina Pantry. 


About The Innovation Network (TIN)
The recipient of Brookdale’s Best Club Gold Star and Community Service awards, The Innovation Network (TIN) is a collaborative group where students enjoy their time outside the classroom working as a team, earning service-learning credits, and developing communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills. TIN projects and events prepare students for college and careers by strengthening critical educational, life, and professional skills. To learn more about TIN, visit the website. Or contact TIN via email at tin@my.brookdalecc.edu.