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Annual Shake-A-Rake Cleanup Draws 400+ Students

This year’s Shake-A-Rake program was its largest ever, with 414 student volunteers from 23 campus organizations participating in the annual community cleanup effort on Saturday, November 14th.

Led by the Office of Off-Campus Living and Commuting Student Services, students representing athletics, club sports, fraternities and sororities, and student government traveled around neighboring Uniondale and Hempstead to rake leaves at the homes of 34 elderly or disabled neighbors, more than twice as many houses as last year.  They also cleared the 1.5-acre yard of the John J. Byrne Community Center in Uniondale.  

“I was honored to be able to participate in an event that gave back to the community in a meaningful way, while also spending time with my fraternity brothers,” said Josh Perloff’18, a business major and community service chair for Phi Delta Theta, New York Kappa Chapter. “I know my grandparents, who are the same age as those we helped, are also unable to rake their own leaves.  While talking with and helping the elderly in the neighborhood, I felt connected to my grandparents on a deeper level, even though we currently live so far away.”

The annual Shake-A-Rake program aims to connect Hofstra University with those in need in the surrounding community.  It has steadily grown since it first began in 2009 with 50 students volunteering at six houses to last year’s turnout of more than 300 students working at 15 homes.

In winter, the Office of Off-Campus Living and Commuting Student Services also sponsors the Snow Angels program, in which student volunteers help shovel snow for local seniors. For more information, email Director Anita Ellis at

See the photos from this year’s Shake-A-Rake event:



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