How one trader became a Sandy relief volunteer


Normalcy remains far away on Wall Street, as employees struggle to get into the office and conduct business as usual.

The last time the routine has been disrupted to this extent was during 9/11. One trader, Rachel Simons, decided to join the volunteer effort after work.

"Simons arrived to a City Hall in need of a wide array of volunteer work, and with its mayor, Dawn Zimmer, dispatching helping hands for a range of Federal Emergency Management Agency and National Guard-assisted recovery tasks," according to a story in

"In what Simons calculates as roughly six hours of relief work from when she returned to Hoboken to midnight, the banker by day was going door-to-door in the city to hand out National Guard appointed MRE's [meals ready to eat] and poll residents on urgent prescription needs by nightfall…Simons seemed most proud of how her Wall Street skills came to immediate use, amid a chaotic recovery effort that still needs far more helping hands, supplies and time. After volunteers broke up into...'sub teams,' she and a pharmacist went door-to-door on an assignment to find or fill-in missing information on the urgent drug prescription needs of Hoboken residents. Given a set of hand-scrawled notes compiled through the day with hard-to-understand information on prescriptions, dosages and pharmacy locations, Simons decided her daily work building trading spreadsheets…Once her team had finished their canvassing, Simons rushed home to make a spreadsheet that described the location of patients, their prescriptions, dosages and the priority of their drug need - with input from her medically-trained colleague of just a few hours."

There are many more instances of quiet heroism and of people putting skill to work for the common good. I would love to read more posted here.

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