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Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Mayor Mitch Landrieu Issues Clarion Call for Volunteer Day of Action

Updated February 17, 2017 at 2:24 PM

NEW ORLEANS – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued a clarion call for a Volunteer Day of Action, this Saturday, Feb. 18, in New Orleans East to aid in the tornado recovery effort. The EF-3 tornado that touched down on February 7, destroyed over 300 residences, damaged over 5,000 structures in the impacted area and resulted in a power outage for over 10,000 residents.

“Once again, I am calling on our local, national, non-profit and faith-based volunteer organizations to come and help clean-up the destruction from the tornado that touched down last week in New Orleans East,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “So far, the response from volunteers has been remarkable, but there is still much work to be done. It’s always heartening to see that in our darkest hour there are angels among us that come to our aid.”

District E Councilmember James Gray said, "We appreciate all the efforts the entire city has made to help with the recovery of New Orleans East residents affected by the tornado. We look forward to continuing to work alongside volunteers who have aided in this remarkable response.”

This Saturday, February 18, local non-profits and faith-based organizations are working together to coordinate a Volunteer Day of Action in New Orleans East to assist those impacted by the recent tornado. Volunteers can participate in the following ways:

Debris Removal with United Way Hands On Volunteer Center & Participating Non-Profit Organizations and City Church

  • Volunteers will help neighbors in New Orleans East remove debris from their homes & yards and assist in boxing up their belongings to store or relocate.

Distribution Center Operations with City Church

  • Volunteers will help donation center staff sort donated goods and distribute to those visiting the center for assistance.

Neighborhood Canvassing with St. Bernard Project

  • Volunteers will go door to door to talk to neighbors and gather information about the status of their cleanup & rebuild and their most immediate needs.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Counseling & Support Services with Camp Restore

  • Volunteers will talk to and support neighbors in New Orleans who may be struggling to rebuild and recover. 

Participating organizations include: United Way of Southeast Louisiana, Hands On New Orleans, NOLA Tree Project, SBP, Habitat for Humanity, United Saints, Evacuteer, Camp Restore, City Church, ENONAC, and Urban League of Greater New Orleans.

If your organization is interested in participating, please contact Kali Roy at kali@evacuteer.org.

Volunteers can participate at the following three locations:

UNITED WAY HANDS ON VOLUNTEER CENTER & PARTICIPATING NON-PROFITS STATIONED AT CAMP RESTORE

Location: Camp Restore, 9301 Chef Menteur Hwy.
Hours: Register onsite at 8:30 a.m.  Volunteer between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Volunteer Activities Offered: Debris Removal with several participating non-profits, neighborhood canvassing with SBP, Neighbor to Neighbor: counseling & support services with Camp Restore
How to Participate: Arrive in person at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Camp Restore at 9301 Chef Menteur Hwy. Sign up online to participate at United Way Hands On Volunteer Center at http://www.unitedwaysela.org/2017-tornado-relief-volunteer. Volunteers can also register with NOLA Tree Project at http://nolatreeproject.org/volunteer-tornado-relief-saturday-february-11th/

Volunteers participating in debris removal should bring their own gloves, water, and lunch. Volunteers with tools like shovels, rakes, and wheel barrows are also encouraged to bring them. Please wear comfortable work clothing with pants and closed-toe shoes.

CITY CHURCH

Location: City Church at 13123 I-10 Service Rd.

Hours: 9 a.m.to 4 p.m.

Volunteer Activities Offered: Debris Removal, Distribution Center Operations

How to participate: Arrive in person at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at City Church at 13123 I-10 Service Rd.

Volunteers participating in debris removal should bring their own gloves, water, and lunch. Volunteers with tools like shovels, rakes, and wheel barrows are also encouraged to bring them. Please wear comfortable work clothing with pants and closed-toe shoes.

COUNCILMEMBER GRAY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY

Location: Winn Dixie parking lot at 9701 Chef Menteur Hwy.

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteer Activities Offered: Debris Removal

How to Participate:  Arrive in person at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Winn Dixie parking lot at 9701 Chef Menteur Hwy.

Volunteers with tools like shovels, rakes, and wheel barrows are also encouraged to bring them. Please wear comfortable work clothing with pants and closed-toe shoes.

Media should contact Evan Achiron at eachiron@sbpusa.org or via phone at (646) 856-9287.

 
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Last updated: 2/17/2017 2:24:14 PM

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