New Orleans, LA - HFH

Site Leaders

Abby Wood

Thomas Anderson

Type of Service


Site Partner(s)

Habitat for Humanity



Departure Date


Return Date






Site Leader Description #1

Abby is a fourth year from Chesapeake, VA and is majoring in Neuroscience. In 2017, Abby went on the Nashville ASB trip, and last spring break, she led the NOLA-HFF ASB trip, both where she met the best ASBuddies. Her number one cville hobby is being a foodie and she is excited to continue that in NOLA next year since NOLA food is dope. Abby likes to spend her free time planning trips that she knows she will never go on (except this one.. WOOOO!). Also, get excited for this 16 hour car ride - you are guaranteed some Taylor Swift jam sessions (she’s my girlie).

Site Leader Description #2

Tommy is a third year from Annapolis, Maryland studying Systems Engineering. Last year, after being a normal participant on this trip and loving every moment of it, he knew that he had to come back, only this time as a leader! Some of his favorite things include hiking, National Treasure (or anything Nicholas Cage), pictures of dogs doing human things, the state of Maryland, his first year roommate Keenan Maher, and anything pertaining to Harry Potter. At any given moment, you can likely find him asleep (locations may vary), or avoiding doing homework by any means necessary. Those of you less than enthused at the prospect of a “Taylor Swift jam session” will be welcome to ride in my car :).

Trip Logistics

We will be staying at the St. Jude Community Center near the French Quarter; they house volunteers participating in disaster relief programs and provide 3 meals each day we are there. We will be using Tommy’s car and Abby’s car to drive to New Orleans. On Friday, March 6th we will drive about halfway to Chattanooga, TN to stay overnight, and complete the drive to New Orleans on Saturday, March 7th. We will be making the full 16 hour drive back to Charlottesville the following Saturday, March 14th.

Participant Requirements

We will be working with Habitat for Humanity throughout our stay in New Orleans. Habitat for Humanity works to narrow the socioeconomic gap presented in home owning. In New Orleans, this often means rebuilding homes for community members affected by Hurricane Katrina. We will be volunteering from 8am-4pm Tuesday through Friday (Habitat does not work on Mondays) participating in construction jobs that may include, but are not limited to painting, flooring, roofing, and hanging drywall. Participants should be prepared to get dirty and make sure to have lots of energy!

Service Activities

same as participant requirements

Recreational Activities

Activities planned include a walking tour of the French Quarter, Bayou kayak tour, one of many museums offered (for example, WWII or mardis gras world), Audubon Park, exploring the Lower Ninth Ward and the Garden District. Since our volunteer hours are in the mornings, we will have plenty of time to explore in the afternoons, so please come bearing suggestions!!

Community/Area Background

ew Orleans was founded by French settlers and is widely known for its immense cultural diversity. Due to its many cultural influences, New Orleans is littered with different neighborhoods, with Creole, Spanish, and Spanish being some of the largest influences due to its status as one of the largest immigration ports in the south. Jazz music is a cornerstone in New Orleans history, and many Jazz festivals and events occur throughout the year paying tribute to the thick influence that jazz has played in New Orleans. Other cultural celebrations take place, the largest being Mardi Gras in which a 3-day stretch of parties and performances occur.

One of the worst natural disasters in history, Hurricane Katrina, left the community in New Orleans shattered; to this day, people in this region are still struggling to live and support their families. About 80,000 lives were lost in this tragedy, and the city was left for ruins (some areas were deemed 100% uninhabitable following the storm). Following the hurricane, New Orleans witnessed an unprecedented decrease in tourism, which is one of the leading influxes of income for the city, other than the oil and gas industries. This has caused a consistent struggle in New Orleans to rebuild what was destroyed, not only by Hurricane Katrina, but also by a recent tornado which devastated almost 300 homes. However, the community members of New Orleans are known for their resilience, which is shown by their strong efforts to actively rebuilding their city even 13 years later. This is where our help comes in, so that we can “shrink the time between disaster and recovery”.

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