Top left: Denise Puente building in the Lower Ninth Ward. Top right: Judy Perry Martinez at Women Build 2018. Bottom left: Bill Wright, former NOAHH Board Member, at Unity Build 2017. Bottom right: NOAHH Board Member Melissa Lilly helping frame and sheath a home.
Prior to Hurricane Katrina, local lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals teamed up for NOAHH’s Bench & Bar Build to give back to the community by building homes for hard-working families. That tradition was renewed in 2018 and 2019.
Bench and Bar Build is a collaboration of local legal professionals (judges, partners, associates, paralegals, professional staff, government/non-profit employees) coordinated by NOAHH. Volunteers work side by side with a hardworking New Orleans Habitat partner family, who will purchase the home upon completion.
Way to Get Involved
Legal professionals are invited to participate in Bench and Bar Build through volunteering, sponsorship, and hospitality efforts. Whether you choose to swing a hammer, wield a paintbrush, recruit volunteers, or donate lunch and snacks, your support is valuable. This is an excellent opportunity to build relationships and strengthen professional networks, all while having a lasting impact on a Habitat partner family.
Participants will receive:
- Continental breakfast
- Post-build seafood and beverages
- Bench & Bar Build t-shirt
Bench & Bar Build sponsorships are available for groups with varying volunteer opportunities for groups of all sizes. Download the sponsorship packet to learn about how you can be a sponsor, and download the flyer to share with others who might be interested.
Contact Jay Huffstatler at 504-609-3332 or by email to learn more.
Bench and Bar 2021 Committee
Carl Butler • John Creevy • Alex Degiulo • Jay Huffstatler • Tyler Nichols • Marguerite Oestreicher • Chris Ralston • Ann Theriot • Elizabeth Wilson • Bill Wright
Bench and Bar 2021 Sponsors
Our thanks to all of our 2021 sponsors! To learn more about becoming a sponsor, download our sponsorship packet.