In the fourth year of this program, students, alumni, faculty, and staff travel to New Orleans to help with the continuing post-Katrina reconstruction. Working with Habitat for Humanity, volunteers help gut homes, remove mold, and rebuild walls.
Volunteers learn about the civic challenges that the devastation of Hurricane Katrina made visible, such as failure to maintain health and safety, neglect of entire areas of the city, and slow government response to the crisis.
By discussing these issues with educational, medical, human services professionals, the volunteers will learn how to engage local citizenry and gain exposure to innovative approaches to education, juvenile justice, and other civil services.
Bloggers for New Orleans Service Learning are (L-R): Peter Bartmon ’10, Megan Douglass ’11 and Lauren Wilson ’10 and (not pictured) Stephanie Grover ’11