One of the reasons we started organizing volunteers in New Orleans was to expose them to the local culture, food and people. This season we continued to have weekly picnics, dinners and nights out so that our volunteers would see first hand why it was so important to help this city get back on track. Many fell in love with New Orleans in the process.
Thanks again to all the volunteers…this wonderful city would not be what it is today without your help.
The last week in March we had Ohio students from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine come help us out. This year the school organized over 50 students with the help and inspiration of 4 volunteers from 2009. Thanks again to Sonia, Dan, Meagan and Casey for making this year a success.
Texas A&M sent us a wonderful group of volunteers and with their help we were able to complete the painting on our first home for 2010. It can cost as much as $10,000 to paint a home in New Orleans so our volunteers are giving a gift that these families would never be able to afford. One homeowner said that it was the best gift anyone had ever given him. That one testimonial reinforces that we’re doing something special in this city.
We had a wonderful group of students come volunteer the last week of February from University of Michigan. We found it so amazing how the members of this group didn’t know each other before their trip and were singing “kum bay ya” by the end of it. Maybe it was the mojo? Hope to see you next year!
Onsite volunteers Larry and Sue came back to New Orleans on two occasions this summer to help a local school rebuild its library. The students pitched in to build a number of needed book shelves. Thanks again to Larry and Sue for donating their time and money to this good cause.
On Wednesday March 25th we took some of our volunteers out to watch the filming of a new HBO series named “Treme” at Vaughn’s Bar in Bywater. Four of our volunteers were lucky enough to be placed in the scene and also had a chance to meet Elvis Costello who was playing himself in the pilot episode. Here are some photos: