Students reach out to NOLA neighborhoods

September 2, 2011 5:43 AM

Kathryn Hobgood Ray

More than 1,000 Tulane students, along with faculty, staff and alumni, will hit the streets of New Orleans to volunteer as part of Outreach Tulane, a day of service projects held throughout neighborhoods of New Orleans. Organized by the Community Action Council of Tulane University Students for more than 20 years, the event has become a hallmark of each new school year.

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Students share camaraderie at last year’s Outreach Tulane day of service. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

With rain from a tropical disturbance threatening the Gulf Coast, organizers of the event have moved Outreach Tulane to Saturday, Sept. 17. The day of service originally was scheduled for Sept. 3.

“Outreach Tulane is really symbolic of Tulane’s commitment to our community, and our commitment, as students, to give back to a city that gives us so much,” says Lea Bogner, a student leader and chair of Outreach Tulane. “In addition to being a day of service, it’s also a celebration as we return to New Orleans.”

According to Avery Brewton, community service program manager of the Tulane Center for Public Service, “This is really the perfect ‘open house’ event for students to learn about volunteer opportunities in the city and to connect with other students who are interested in similar issues.” The Center for Public Service provides support to Outreach Tulane along with the Office of Student Programs.

Students are coordinating projects with more than 25 community groups, including New Orleans City Park, Hollygrove Market and Farm, Louisiana Children’s Museum, New Orleans African American Museum, Save Our Cemeteries, ReNEW Schools and more. Activities include painting public schools; sorting and packaging food, books and other donations; picking up trash and debris; and surveying community members about their access to parks, playgrounds and recreational programs.

“This year, we are partnering with Tulane athletics so that we can thank all of our volunteers with a celebration at the opening football game,” Bogner says. “After spending the morning working around the city, our volunteers will meet up at the Louisiana Superdome, where we’ll watch the Green Wave take on the Southeastern Louisiana University Lions.”


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