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Monday, April 06

Brookdale Newsroom

Student Volunteers during Spring Break to Aid Sandy Victims

When a college student chooses to spend his or her time during spring break to travel, hit the beach, and relax with friends, it isn’t out of the ordinary. However, one Brookdale Community College student chose an alternative way to spend his time, and used it to make a difference.

Middletown native Kevin Moedt spent his time off from Brookdale participating in the MTV alternative spring break program, “Spring Fix,” where he worked to rebuild a home devastated by Super Storm Sandy.

Moedt was one of 50 students selected to participate in the “Spring Fix” program, which received over 3,000 applications. This week long community service program was sponsored by MTV, United Way, and mtvU.

“I heard about ‘Spring Fix’ in early January and knew then I had to apply to be a part of it,” said Moedt. “As a Monmouth County resident and a volunteer with Middletown Emergency Management, I witnessed much of the devastation from Sandy firsthand, and because of this, I wanted to continue to help give back.”

Moedt received notification that he was selected to participate in the alternative spring break program in March after applying for the opportunity and submitting a casting video earlier in the year.

The 50 students selected to participate in “Spring Fix” were assigned and designated to five locations: Union Beach, NJ, Rockaway Beach, NY, Long Beach, NY, Lavallette, NJ, and Staten Island, NY. Moedt, along with 10 other students, was assigned a house in Staten Island, which belonged to an 80 year old widow. When the students arrived to the home it was completely gutted out. The students spent the week of March 17 installing insulation and sheetrock.

“Many of my teammates had no prior experience in construction work, but after listening to the struggles and obstacles of the residents in the community, all we wanted to do was help bring this woman back to her home,” Moedt said. “Our limited experience in construction made it that much more rewarding in the end. To be able to look back at all the hard work we put forth provided each of us with a unique experience. It was one of the most rewarding opportunities of my life.”

At the end of the week, United Way and MTV hosted a “Spring Fix Benefit Concert” featuring Grammy Award-winning artist Ne-Yo at Six Flags Great Adventure for the students who participated in the program.

Throughout both the renovation process and the concert, MTV cameras were on the ground capturing all the “Spring Fix” activities, and will air its coverage during a special “Spring Break” themed week on MTV, mtvU and MTV2, April 1 to April 8.

“Although it sounds cliché, this experience brought together 50 strangers who wanted to volunteer and help, and as a result, turned us into family,” said Moedt. “I wouldn’t have changed this opportunity for anything. I met amazing people while doing one of my passions, volunteering.”