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Our Continuing Mission 

NOLA Reflections - Photo Essay

Cutoff- Spring Break, 2007


Common Ground Collective 

Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility 

Swarthmore College  

Now that the initial disaster and shock has worn off, the city needs more than just monetary donations. There is so much work that still needs to be accomplished in NOLA, but it requires manual labor on the ground. Unfortunately, even after a year, many NOLA citizens have not been able to return to their homes, and it is causing a horrible ripple effect paralyzing the city. Without places to live the working class is forced to live elsewhere and commute long distances.

Immediately following the storm, the nation united to help the Gulf Coast region, and many people gave whatever they could to the relief effort.  Unfortunately, over a year later, parts of the city have been neglected, look exactly the same and are still in need of major repair. The people who had their lives and homes destroyed by the storm and floods need and want a community to return to--our help can make that possible.  

We are under no illusions as to the vast gravity of the task we are faced with. Yet one house at a time, we will provide what we can to the city and people of New Orleans.  In a week a group of 8 volunteers can gut two entire homes, saving each homeowner a cost of about $10,000.  

As an organization, our main purpose is to finance trips to New Orleans during breaks while providing support for interested students.  Fundraising efforts on campus, personal donations, and the generosity of the college have in the past made such trips possible, but now we are asking you to help to keep our efforts going.