A cheer went up at the house at 4925 America.
Employees and board members of Cotton, Inc. gathered on the second day of Build-A-Thon to begin installing denim insulation. The volunteers would spend the day working hard on site, installing insulation and helping with framing, roofing, and more, as well as running a Denim Recycling Station. Their Blue Jeans Go Green program collects old denim to be recycled into the very insulation they were installing. Leading the charge was the day's most celebrated... Read More »
Early in the morning, before the volunteers began hammering, the voice of experience was overheard on site explaining one crucial piece of construction strategy:
"We tune them both to the classic rock station, and we leave that radio out here. We'll put the newer one under the house, so it echoes," said Aaron Frumin, a former NOAHH construction site supervisor who has joined NOAHH as a volunteer for Build-A-Thon. The house he's leading is almost completely wrapped and roofed just two days later,... Read More »
The 2015 AmeriCorps Build-A-Thon is here! Over 300 volunteers a day will be on site Rebuilding America Street for the next 10 days. The event will begin the commemoration events for the 10th anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, honoring the losses and sending a message of hope about the progress and resilience of the city of New Orleans. Along with the blitz build that will see 10 homes finished in the next 10 days, NOAHH will be hosting a series of events during the Build-A-Thon. These events... Read More »
David Cotton, a retired art teacher, bought his home in Central City in 1968. His wife and mother-in-law picked it out, and he paid for it. They liked the neighborhood, which they had lived in before. Over the years, it's changed little. A new hospital, restaurants over on Freret, and a few other new buildings have been built, but the neighbors are still the same. It still has easy access to public transportation and downtown, and it's still the place he calls home, even after flood waters ruined... Read More »
It all started as an expression of gratitude. On an alternative spring break trip seven years ago, students from the Juilliard School had been spending the day on Ferry Place, a short street in the Carrollton area of New Orleans that has now been completely revitalized by the building of fourteen homes. The students had been working on three of those homes alongside students and other volunteer groups, and they decided they would show thanks to those who had joined them on site that week with a little... Read More »