Ten years ago this August, New Orleans faced one of the worst disasters in the city’s history. When Katrina hit, thousands were displaced, homes, schools and businesses were destroyed, and flooding traversed the entire city. Today, the long-lasting effects are still clearly visible in many of the neighborhoods across New Orleans. Even with all the work that has been done to remedy the damages caused by the storm and its aftermath, City and Tulane officials recognize that there is still much to do. But if any city is up for the challenge, that city is New Orleans.
As the 10-year anniversary of Katrina approaches, the city is working to plan the K10 Citywide Day of Service. Between August 22 and August 29, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the City of New Orleans hope to encourage participation from around 10,000 people to serve in projects across the city. The week culminates with a citywide day of service on August 29th. In conjunction with the K10 Day of Service, Tulane CACTUS will be hosting its 25th annual service day, Outreach Tulane, for Tulane students, faculty, staff and alumni.
“This is not only a great year to learn about and experience the growth that the City of New Orleans has made since the storm 10 years ago, but also to come together and commemorate and reflect on the impact the storm had on the lives of so many,” said CACTUS Chair Trey Holmes.
Though Outreach Tulane will have separate registration, it will still play an integral role in contributing to the 10,000-person effort led by the city. Some Outreach participants will even get the chance to be integrated in projects with other volunteers from around the city. Outreach projects will vary from activities like construction and blight work to canvassing, surveying and more. Registration will open during the first or second week of August. Stay up-to-date on all things K10 and Outreach through CPS’ weekly newsletter or by visiting K10’s website: http://katrina10.org/serve/