Would you like to learn more about the history and culture of the Lower Ninth Ward? And would you like to contribute to the rebuilding of this devastated neighborhood as part of the process? Established in February 2007, Lowernine.org coordinates volunteer labor as a way of reducing construction costs for neighborhood homeowners in need. The day of service will begin at lowernine.org’s office at 8:15 am and will end at 4:30 pm. The work could involve light construction, painting, demolition, or landscaping. Bring lightweight clothes, a hat, sunscreen, close-toed shoes, and extra water. It will be hot. Lunch will be available (for a fee) at the House of Dance and Feathers, a backyard, neighborhood museum. Bring your own or enjoy a neighborhood po-boy, fried chicken, etc. Fats Domino’s home is nearby! For more information about the organization: www.lowernine.org
Number of Volunteers Needed:
No limit. The work fee for lowernine.org is $35 per person.
Organized transportation will be dependent on the number of participants and the availability of vehicles, but it could mean an additional, modest cost.
For more information or to volunteer:
This service opportunity is being coordinated by Bill Ross, Special Collections Librarian at the University of New Hampshire. He has made numerous service trips to the Gulf Coast since Katrina and teaches an undergraduate seminar on New Orleans. As part of the class, students spend their spring break with Bill working in and around the Crescent City. In March 2013, they spent a memorable week living in the Lower Ninth and working with lowernine.org. In fact, they will be back in 2014. To contact Bill: Bill.Ross@unh.edu
If you’re not able to participate in this activity but would like to make a donation: http://www.lowernine.org
For more information on other opportunities to give back to the community, see http://www2.archivists.org/conference/2013/new-orleans/community-connections-service-opportunities-in-new-orleans.Give feedback on this session