New Orleans Service Trip<br />Office of Community Service<br />Wakehurst 202<br />firstname.lastname@example.org<br />(401) 341-2440<br />
What are the Dates of the Trip?<br />January 7<br /> to <br />January 14, 2012<br />
WHAT’S THE NEED?<br />After Hurricane Katrina:<br /><ul><li>100% of the homes in St. Bernard Parish were rendered uninhabitable.
St. Bernard Parish had standing water of 4 to 20 feet for up to 4 weeks</li></li></ul><li>Homes, clothes, furniture, pictures, keepsakes, cars and tools were destroyed.<br />
A little over half the population has returned.<br />Tens of thousands of families in the Greater New Orleans area still can’t afford housing and have to compromise with expensive substandard living conditions.<br />
Where do we Work?<br />We’ll be working with the St. Bernard Project.<br />The ST. BERNARD PROJECT (SBP) is a nonprofit rebuilding organization in New Orleans, LA, dedicated to rebuilding the homes and lives of Hurricane Katrina survivors. <br />
The St. Bernard Project’s programs are designed to address the physical, emotional, and psychological devastation caused by the storm.<br />
The St. Bernard Project’s Rebuilding Program rebuilds homes for senior citizens, people with disabilities and families with children who cannot afford to have their homes rebuilt by contractors.<br />For clients who can afford supplies, the St. Bernard Project provides supervised volunteer labor. <br /> For clients who cannot afford supplies, the St. Bernard Project buys the supplies and provides the labor.<br />
Rebuilding a Family’s Home Could Include:<br /><ul><li> Mold Remediation
Taping, Mudding, Sanding, Painting</li></li></ul><li>Where do we Stay?<br />
Annunciation Mission.<br />Annunciation Mission is a Christian, <br />inter-denominational ministry dedicated to transforming and rebuilding lives in New Orleans by welcoming out-of-town volunteers to stay, eat, work and pray with us.<br />
What’s on the Menu?<br />Time to Eat:<br />Breakfast: Hot breakfast, including eggs, sausage, biscuits, hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit, and an assortment of beverages<br />Lunch: Volunteers pack their sandwich lunches in the morning and take them to their work sites.<br />Dinner: <br />Monday – Red Beans & Rice<br />Tuesday – Italian<br />Wednesday – Hotdogs and Nachos<br />Thursday – Creole Jambalaya<br />Friday – Gumbo<br />
Who Can Participate?<br />ANY undergraduate student is eligible.<br />
What Does it Cost?<br />The trip typically costs about $500.00 per person, and it includes most meals, flight, transportation, housing, and work site coordination.<br />
How Do I Apply?<br />Applications are available online at www.salve.edu/life/communityService/serviceTrips.aspx<br />Applications are due to the Office of Community Service (Wakehurst 202) by noon, on Friday, Sept. 23.<br />All applicants must sign up for an interview time.<br />Decisions will be announced Sept. 28.<br />
If I’m Accepted, Then What?<br /><ul><li> Accepted students will be expected to attend mandatory pre-trip meetings, assist with fundraising efforts, and submit all required paperwork and payments on time.
Pre-trip meeting dates are TBD.</li></li></ul><li>Things to Know Before You Go<br />Be flexible!<br />Where will I be working? What will I be doing? What time should I arrive?<br />These are all important questions, but please be patient and understanding when waiting for responses.<br />Situations change on a daily and sometimes hourly basis, so come with an open mind and a flexible attitude. <br />
Things to Know Before You Go<br /><ul><li> There is plenty to do, but sometimes it takes a while to determine where you will be sent. Some tasks are more fun than others, but every day of work puts a family that much closer to moving in.
Remember that although we are not a construction company, we are working on construction projects and sometimes unforeseen issues come up at a house that we’re working on. </li></li></ul><li>Things to Know Before You Go<br />Work Carefully:<br />You’re working on someone’s house, so please be as careful as possible when performing a task.<br />Follow the guidelines that the site supervisor gives you. <br />We can fix most mistakes but this will mean a delay in the project which translates into a family waiting even longer to be able to move into their home.<br />
Things to Know Before You Go<br />Safety:<br />Please be careful on the job site. Power tools are awesome but can do serious damage to fingers and limbs. <br />- If you have asthma, bring your inhaler. If you have chronic joint pain, don’t volunteer for work that will aggravate it. <br /><ul><li>Stay hydrated.
Be careful climbing ladders and benches, and lifting sheetrock – just use common sense!</li></li></ul><li>Things to Know Before You Go<br />Sensitivity:<br />Please be sensitive when communicating with families. <br />Don’t make ANY promises. Don’t tell them you’re going to finish their house. Don’t tell them you’ll be back tomorrow if you’re not sure you can keep that promise. <br />Be a good listener – sometimes our clients just want to talk; however, even if you think you know how they feel, don’t tell them that. Some people take offense to that comment. Again, use common sense.<br />
Things to Know Before You Go<br />Sensitivity:<br />We ask that volunteers provide their own lunches. While our families occasionally provide lunch, not all families are financially able to feed all individuals and groups. <br />Come prepared and please do not ask homeowners for food. <br />On the other hand, if homeowners do prepare food, please accept graciously, this is their way of thanking you for all your hard work!<br />
Things to Know Before You Go<br /><ul><li>Sensitivity:</li></ul>Respect the house you’re working on.<br />This is someone’s home and they come in frequently to check on progress. <br />Please do not draw or write inappropriate things on the drywall. And please, please do not use pen to write on the sheetrock-it will show up later. <br />A note to smokers: please do not smoke in the houses and clean up cigarette butts.<br />
Remember…<br />Leave the negative attitudes at home because….<br />The work WILL be hard.<br />It’s your winter break and you have to get up early.<br />The weather changes. It may be hot or cold, so be prepared.<br />You chose to go on the trip.<br />This is NOT a vacation.<br />The chaperones volunteered to go on the trip.<br />Your goal is to bring happiness to NOLA.<br />It might be a long travel day there and back.<br />Sometimes you get lost….remember Hurricane Katrina washed away streets.<br />
“Immerse yourself in NOLA and take every second to learn something new and don’t be afraid to build/rebuild homes and new friendships.”<br />
Resources<br /><ul><li>Information adapted from the St. Bernard Project “Volunteer Arrival Packet”