Alternative spring break is grounded in service

March 18, 2013 9:00 AM

Barri Bronston

In the spirit of helping those who helped New Orleans and Tulane University in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Tulane Center for Public Service is organizing an alternative spring break to areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Recruiting for alternative spring break

Tulane senior Elayna Napoli, left, recruits students on the uptown campus to participate in an alternative spring break to help areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. (Photo by Ryan Rivet)

“So many of our students were directly affected,” says Tulane senior Elayna Napoli of Chicago, one of several student leaders involved in the project. “Tulane’s emphasis on public service as well as the outpouring of help after Katrina makes the Sandy relief project a natural for Tulane students.”

“Outreach Tulane: Sandy Edition” will take place March 25 to 29 in various parts of New York and New Jersey, including Long Island, Queens, Manhattan and Bergen County, N.J.  Dozens of students, many of whom are from storm-affected areas, will participate.
“Tulane students approached us with the idea,” says Jackie Mabry, development officer for the Center for Public Service, which is partnering with Tulane Hillel and Tulane Alternative Breaks. “It’s about taking the spirit of renewal and recovery from New Orleans and bringing that to Sandy-affected areas.”

Tulane established the center in 2006 after Katrina flooded 80 percent of New Orleans, killed more than 1,800 people and forced tens of thousands to flee the city. Recognizing that active civic engagement builds strong healthy communities, the center unites academics with service in New Orleans and beyond.

Day-long service projects in the Northeast include rebuilding homes in northern New Jersey with Habitat for Humanity, cleaning up city parks in Manhattan with New York Partnerships for Parks and assisting in recovery work in the Rockaways with the nonprofit group Smallwater.

An appreciation reception will be held on March 28 in Manhattan, where Daniel Etheridge of the Tulane School of Architecture will talk about the school’s hurricane recovery work on the Jersey Shore.

Students must register through Wednesday (March 20) in order to participate.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000 website@tulane.edu