New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity has provided an invaluable service in the recovery effort and around the city of New Orleans following the devastation in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
With the support of 18,000 volunteers and more than 301,000 volunteer hours worked the organization has built 93 new homes in New Orleans and in the neighboring Parishes of Jefferson and St. Bernard in the past year alone. Since the Katrina recovery effort began, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity has helped 278 families in the area become new homeowners.
A major recent success of New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity since Hurricane Katrina has been the construction of Musicians Village in the Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans. The project reached its successful completion in September of 2009 with the construction of 72 new homes. The founders of the Musicians Village project—Harry Connick Jr., Branford Marsalis, Ann Marie Wilkins and Jim Pate—are scheduled to be honored on May 11, 2010 at the National Building Museum in Washington for their efforts.
New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity has received volunteer support from a number of other highly notable names; among them, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who additionally runs his own charity—the BreesDream foundation—to support cancer research and care and provide opportunities and education for disadvantaged youth. New Orleans Saints players Chris Reis, Usama Young and Tim Duckworth have also recently worked in partnership with New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity in the Katrina recovery effort.
The volunteer base of New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity ranges widely from athletes and celebrities to students and ordinary individuals who wish to become involved and be a part of the effort to restore communities and improve the lives and opportunities of individuals within. You can get involved in the Katrina recovery effort with a donation or sign up to volunteer for a build at New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity’s website, or sign up to volunteer at your local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.