New Orleans

In March 2017, Nobles will return to the Crescent City for the 11th Post Katrina Service Trip. Since the fall of 2005 the school has sent close to 400 students and 70 adults, completing more than 20,000 hours of community service. We have made good friends with many not-for-profit partners that host us annually. Much of our service is completed throughout St. Bernard’s Parish and the Ninth Ward, where the devastating effects of the hurricane are still felt more than a decade later. The bulk of our service will include home restoration with the St. Bernard Project (SBP). Students will also get the chance to meet locals who lived through the storm, lost loved ones, inhabited FEMA trailers, fell victim to contractor fraud, and may or may not have been able to move back home.  Our group will help with various grassroot rebuilding initiatives alongside locals when we’re not working with SBP. Prior to the trip, students will participate in a school-wide fundraiser to benefit the work of Burnell Colton, who opened the first grocery store in the Lower Ninth Ward since the hurricane. Students will receive 40 hours of community service credit.

Every year, friendly folks from the Big Easy stop us to ask who we are and what we’re doing. They are so grateful to hear that we come annually to serve because it means the victims of Katrina have not been forgotten in their ongoing struggle to restore. In fact, the contributions of Noble and Greenough students and faculty over the years was recently recognized in a Times-Picayune article to mark the 10 year anniversary.

Our group will work hard each day, and in the evenings we’ll explore some of the vibrant New Orleans culture, including the legendary French Quarter and cajun food.  The trip includes a swamp tour in the bayou, a visit to the Katrina museum, and a guided tour of the Lower Ninth Ward. When we are not out and about, we will stay at Camp Hope, a humble base for volunteers. There the group will bond and reflect upon the service work, the people we’ve encountered, and the things we’ve learned during our visit to the Crescent City. It is possible that we may take a day trip to assist SBP and their efforts in Baton Rouge, but our friends in New Orleans also need our help, so we will go where we can be the most helpful.

Check back later this fall for more detailed information on this trip, including dates, cost, trip leaders, and trip and financial aid applications.

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