University Students Reach Out to New Orleans

January 13, 2006

Fran Simon
Phone: 504-858-3833

Dillard, Loyola, Tulane and Xavier Universities are teaming up with the City of New Orleans and more than 30 organizations and sponsors for Outreach New Orleans, which may be the biggest single day of community service in the history of New Orleans higher education.

Students, faculty, staff and friends of the universities will gather on Saturday, January 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., to volunteer across the city to repair, restore and rebuild organizations, neighborhoods and communities.

"If you can plant, paint, haul, build or serve, we can use you," says D. Hamilton Simons-Jones, director of community services coordination at Tulane.

More than 20 projects are planned, including:

- Painting and fixing up several New Orleans Public Schools - Neighborhood clean-up in the Maple Street area, Gert Town and Carrollton

- Aiding in the recovery of the nation's largest urban wildlife refuge, the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge

- Repairing New Orleans City Park - Making quilts and pillows for sick children with Soaringwords "In the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the need for the universities to serve as a leader in the rebirth of New Orleans is greater than ever.

From around the world, students have already been working to raise money, organize friends and do whatever they can to help New Orleans," says Simons-Jones.

Outreach New Orleans is an expansion of the Outreach Tulane program that has marked the opening weekend of Tulane University's fall semester for the last 15 years.

"This year, the program is part of the Martin Luther King Week for Peace activities," Simons-Jones says. "More than 3,000 students, staff, faculty, alumni, family and friends from Tulane, Dillard, Xavier and Loyola Universities as well as community volunteers will spread out across the city in teams of volunteers cleaning up and fixing up neighborhoods, community centers and schools. This effort will provide the volunteer person-power to move the rebuilding along. For many local non-profit organizations, this support is the difference they need to survive and serve children and communities again."

Transportation to and from sites, lunch and t-shirts will be provided to all volunteers. For more information and to sign up, go to:

Additional sponsors include the National Collegiate Honors Council, New Orleans Hillel, the Army Corps of Engineers, Maple Area Residents, Inc., Lowe's, Gert Town Revival Initiative, Coca Cola, Entergy, Uptown Triangle Neighborhood Association, Valspar Corporation, Sodexo and others.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000