“Today, 25+ pairs of hands worked together on what will be a beautiful home for someone in need….Why doesn’t everyone do this?”—Ally Hayden ’14, while working in New Orleans, winter break 2010-2011.
The city of New Orleans has come a long way since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Just ask Matthew Claiborne ’11, a life-long resident of Louisiana, avid volunteer and strong supporter of Oglethorpe’s Center for Civic Engagement. He met up with a group of OU students in New Orleans this past winter break to help in the rebuilding efforts.
“We’ve had several major storms, and I can honestly say that [the whole region] is certainly one to be proud of,” said Matthew, who lives in Opelousas, LA, about two hours west of New Orleans. “There has been a great sense of renewal in terms of our leadership, culture, and spirit.”
Even with all of the improvements that have occurred, however, Matt, along with many other residents of the Gulf Coast agree that there is still much work to be done—especially with respect to housing. That is why, for the past six years, Oglethorpe’s Center for Civic Engagment has organized a sevice trip to the New Orleans area, in an effort to help organizations from around the country rebuild some of the city’s hardest hit neighborhoods. Continue reading