Wednesday, March 10, 2010

NeighborWorks NTI Participants and Staff Volunteer in New Orleans

During the NeighborWorks Training Institute in New Orleans last week NeighborWorks staff and conference participants banded together to volunteer in New Orleans’ communities. On Sunday, February 28, one day before the conference kicked off volunteers painted, hang sheet rock and did light demolition on homes targeted for first time homebuyers and the elderly.

The volunteer effort was coordinated with The Preservation Resource Center, one of NeighborWorks America’s local partners, and their Rebuilding Together and Operation Comeback divisions. Rebuilding Together New Orleans helps repair homes for low-income elderly and disabled homeowners and Operation Comeback focuses on buying, repairing and selling blighted property. The volunteer effort demonstrates NeighborWorks America’s continued commitment to Gulf Coast rebuilding partnerships.

“We selected the Preservation Resource Center as our volunteer partner because we’ve been impressed with the work that they have done, as well as many other organizations we’ve partnered with in the area. We can provide dollars and technical assistance and also help do the actual work,” said Don Phoenix, director, NeighborWorks America’s Southern District office, based in Atlanta.

We captured some of the volunteers in action. You can see them here.