Fighting Poverty with Passion
This has been my first week as Evacuteer.org’s VISTA and all my energy has been focused on our big fundraiser taking place next Thursday at Republic New Orleans, the 2nd Annual Bye-Bye Hurricane Season Celebration. Last year’s event was likened to the early beginnings of Jazz Fest so we really have our work cut out for us in making this year’s bigger, better and brighter. I have been coordinating volunteers, sending out invites and making sure we have everything prepared for the big day.
What really sets this year’s event apart from the last is the cause that we are raising money for. Across the city, pick-up points have been established by the city of New Orleans as places to go if you find yourself without transportation in the event of a hurricane evacuation. The signs designating these pick-up points, however, are about the sign of an every day street sign. A lot people who would need to utilize Evacuteer.org’s assistance are unaware of the location of the pick-up points and that’s not surprising given the lack of information denoting them. We seek to change that. In furthering our organization’s mission to ensure a safe evacuation for 100% of New Orleanians we are commissioning large, beautiful installation art that will signify pick-up points, making them visible and clear to the public. For a rendering, check out http://www.themagicbucket.org. All proceeds from the party will go towards the first piece of public art, estimated at $30,000. Thursday’s party should be fun and entertaining (The Revivalists are playing, there will be a cabaret show, a spoken word performance and a surprise celebrity guest!) but it will also raise awareness for an important cause.
Finally, I just want to mention how supportive my fellow VISTAs have been with regards to the event. Many of them will be volunteering the night of, and have been spreading the word throughout their respective networks. To learn more about the party and to RSVP, check out http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=159730940736153. Hope to see you there!
Emma Storm Herr, Tulane AmeriCorps VISTA, Evacuteer.Org