Champions of Change
His community devastated after Hurricane Sandy, Mike “Loco” Hoffman has contributed to disaster relief and recovery every single day since the storm struck. From rescuing stranded and frightened survivors to providing household needs, heaters, and generators to gutting and rebuilding homes, Mike has been a one-man powerhouse of recovery. He even brought Christmas gifts and cheer to residents by dressing as Santa Claus and driving a decorated truck playing Christmas music through the streets of storm-ravaged neighborhoods. A lifelong resident of Staten Island, Mike founded Boots On the Ground Staten Island to put his local knowledge to use and serve as a resource for the thousands of volunteers who arrived to the area. In this way, he is assisting with the formation of an organized at-the-ready volunteer response network as a resource for future disaster victims.