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April 29, 2006

New Orleans Katrina Clean Up Day Seven

Final day - Saturday.

No work today. Just packing up, getting processed out of camp, and heading to the airport for home.

I'm not sure how my posting this week has come off. I've tried to chronical things in a fairly straight forward way. In retrospect, as I read it back, I worry that it lacks a bit of dimension. There is just so much going on, it is hard to pull it together at the end of the day.

Still, I hope you've enjoyed my notes and more so, hope that you are inspired to volunteer here at some time.

Dan Deneweth noted some statistics from the camp bulletin board. Habitat for Humanity, for this camp, has a set goal of gutting 5,000 homes. To date they've done about 1,100. Dan indicated that this week our camp had done 80 homes! So, that completed number is closer to 1,200 now - and we didn't work Wednesday!

This was done with about 500 volunteers in camp this week, as I understand it. The camp can accomodate 2,500.

So, clearly there is more that needs to be done, and more help can always be used. I'm not going to implore anyone to do it, but by all means, if you can do this, I can't recommend it enough.

Would I do it again? Absolutely.

Thanks again to Return Path for sponsoring our team here. Honestly, I would have had no idea that this was going on, and no real chance of creating this opportunity for myself. I think the entire team from Return Path is grateful for the chance to do this.

I know we all appreciate our co-workers covering for us in our absence and we all miss our families and friends.

Information on how to help here is somewhat obscure if you just go to the main Habitat for Humanity site. I'm sure this is my naivity as well, and that there are many other organizations helping down here. Just google it.

If you are interested for yourself, or better, for some organized group you are a part of, start with a Google search on Habitat and Louisianna.

Once I am home for a day or two, I'll post my photos.

See you back in Colorado!

Posted by gcrgcr at April 29, 2006 9:29 AM


Wow - that's an incredible effort, Tom. You've inspired me to seek out similar sponsorship within my own organization. If they agree, I'll also blog about it. What a great series you posted...

Posted by: ldonovan [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 1, 2006 9:14 AM

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