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Attack the Block 2013 Volunteers Revitalize Neighborhoods Throughout New Orleans

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This Spring New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity partnered with other local organizations to revitalize the neighborhoods we work in through our program Attack the Block. With funding from Keep Louisiana Beautiful we were able to hold four neighborhood clean-up events at Bunny Friend Park, AL Davis Park, Frederick Square, and the Melia neighborhood. Each week our volunteers got a huge amount accomplished in just half a day. The numbers total 302 bags of trash and debris collected, 85 dumped tires collected, and 66 sidewalks cleared!

These events included several other activities through our partner organizations. Six of the collected tires were re-used by the Pelican Cooperative to create planters for tropical plants that will be sold or donated to local markets. With Green Light New Orleans, volunteers distributed and installed 667 light bulbs to 45 homes. Bayou Rebirth and Pelican Co-op both utilized several unused lots, building raised beds that will be used for producing food, and also growing native grasses that will be used in Wetlands restoration. Volunteers also cleared several lots that will be used by New Orleans Fruit Tree Project for their mini-orchards, part of their Tour du Fruit initiative in the city.

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Overall this was another huge success for our neighborhood revitalization initiative that we plan to repeat next year! Thank you so much to all the volunteers and staff that worked on this project and made it possible! The next clean-up event planned is the Great American Cleanup Day event happening on May 11th, 2013, thanks to additional funding from Keep Louisiana Beautiful. This event mobilized 4.2 million volunteers in 2012 to work on different community improvement programs across the country. We are excited to be part of this nationwide service day and will be partnering with several other organizations to accomplish multiple projects in the city.

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