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Chilepepper May 29th, 2007 01:31 PM

New Orleans Volunteer
 
I am traveling to New Orleans in August with my husband. We took a year off from visiting there last year (first time in 5 years) and cannot wait to get back! We will be staying in the French Quarter, and only staying Thurs - Sun.

We would love to help out the people who lost so much in Katrina in some small way. I know that just visiting helps boost the tourism industry, but is there any other way we can help, even if it is just for a day or a few hours?
Does anyone take items over there on the plane? Are there still relief shelters, or centers where you can drop thing off?

Please give me ideas on how we can help.
Thank you,
~Chile

DownSouth May 29th, 2007 02:08 PM

I'm up here in Baton Rouge so my knowledge is limited. I hope that New Orleanians will respond to your question. I would suggest that you contact the Episcopal Diocese of New Orleans. Our Episcopal church still sends groups down weekly to help in the rebuilding. You may also want to contact Habitat for Humanity.

DownSouth May 29th, 2007 02:09 PM

P.S. That is very kind of you. This region still needs so much help even after almost two years.

Grcxx3 May 29th, 2007 08:24 PM

DownSouth - thanks for the recommendation to contact the Episcopal Diocese. I want my teens to do some volunteer work when we are in New Orleans this summer and I wasn't sure who to contact! I'll check it out.

Chilepepper May 31st, 2007 08:35 AM

Thank you so much, Down South. I will definitely check that out. I found quite a few sites with organizations to help, but I was having a hard time choosing!! Thank you, and God Bless.
~Chile

starrsville May 31st, 2007 08:44 AM

If you have a choice of joining a Habitat for Humanity construction project, I strongly recommend that. They are usually very organized and it's a fun way to spend the day. And, if you enjoyed the day, you can find a H4H project closer to home and volunteer again!


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