Action Report: Volunteers needed for Katrina anniversary service projects

Volunteers needed for Katrina anniversary

NEW ORLEANS -- In the broiling August heat, Youth Rebuilding New Orleans volunteers are restoring another Katrina ravaged building.

"I've been volunteering for about three weeks now, and it's a great opportunity," said volunteer Mayank Mardia. "We spend all day kind of reconstructing different houses, and it's fun working with our hands."

"Since Katrina we've had about 10,000 volunteers who worked on about 300 different projects, helping 300 different home owners get back in their houses," said Youth Rebuilding Executive Director William Stoudt.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu is calling for a citywide day of service to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

"The goal is to bring together people to participate, to commemorate the 10-year Katrina anniversary, to join their friends, their families, their neighbors, and really give back to the city that we all love," said city spokeswoman Sarah McLaughlin.

They're looking for 10,000 volunteers for the Citywide Day Of Service, but right now they only have 2,500 signed up. So they need your help.

"There are all types of projects for people to participate in," said McLaughlin. "We want all kinds of volunteers, different backgrounds, different ages, different experience levels, and there will be 100 projects across the city. They can sign up by a particular neighborhood, they also can select a particular type of activity they want to participate in."

"We've got a ton of projects in this neighborhood that we're working in, and we really need a lot of volunteers to show up, local out of town," said Stoudt. "We need anyone and everyone that's willing and able to come out. We're going to paint some houses, we're going to plant some gardens, and we're going to leave behind something that we're all proud of on that tenth anniversary, something really positive."

To register, visit the city Katrina anniversary website at, or call the mayor's office at 658-4900.


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