New Orleans 2007
New Orleans- Habitat for Humanity
Two UAF student team leaders, 10 student volunteers and one staff member joined students from colleges and universities across the nation to spend their March 9 - 19, 2007 break from classes working with representatives of Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans, learning about construction, community service, leadership and themselves.
The ASB team contributed to the construction of several Habitat for Humanity homes. The team constructed bunk beds, prefabricated shed trusses and walls, built fences, constructed stairs, painted interiors and exteriors, caulked, spackled, landscaped and nailed on roofing material.
Why New Orleans?
St. Bernard Parish remains one of the most devastated communities in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. St. Bernard, located to the southeast of New Orleans, suffered significant structural damage to 100% of it's residential and commercial units.
As of October 9, 2006 the number of houses remaining exceeded 300, a tangible goal, but a goal they cannot complete without us. Habitat for Humanity is a volunteer-driven organization. Working side-by-side with the family who will live in the house, volunteers experience the joy created as a family realizes their dream of home ownership. Post Hurricane Katrina, NOAHH anticipates massive builds requiring thousands of volunteers in the coming months and years.
ASB 2007 participants included JJ Boggs, staff advisor; Kari Pile and Tabitha Johnson, student team leaders; and students Temple Dillard, Alexis Fernandez, Cynthia Lashinski, Brian Lyke, Erica Milstead, Renee Pasker, Clarissa Ribbens, Megan Richards, Emily Schooley and Erica Schooley.
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Greater Fairbanks Habitat for Humanity