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Field Report: Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

Still pluggin’ away at YRNO, “building capacity,” as any good VISTA is wont to do.

Since we’ve committed our Super Service Challenge booty to a new property, we’re back in fundraising mode.  Last week we submitted a grant application to the Starbucks Foundation for our REbuild program, highlighting our Assistant Construction Manager as a success story in the process.  Now we’re turning our attention to the second annual GiveNOLA Day, trying to surpass our total from last year.  Please mark your calendars for May 5th and click on the logo above to donate to YRNO that day!  If you need more evidence as to why we’re worthy, look no further than the story WDSU-TV did on us last month.  We thank Scott Walker and Susan Isaacs for the good publicity, not to mention the tremendous folks at Gambel Communications, who wrapped up their pro bono year promoting us with a lunch at Mizado Cocina. #lindseyandveronicarock

It’s been an exciting time on the Tulane VISTA beat.  The big news is that my roommate Tom was a recipient of the 2015 Joseph Massenburg Memorial Award for Excellence in National Service, as presented by the mayor’s office.  He was super deserving and I was proud to be there when he spoke at a plaque dedication in Massenburg’s memory, followed by an AmeriCorps service event at the Freret Neighborhood Center.  That actually marked my second service function in two days, as most of the Tulane VISTA contingent helped out with a playground build project the previous afternoon at Dolores T. Aaron Elementary School, organized by Emily Schnitt.  Direct service with my peers is always a blast, especially when we get free food, as we did both days!  Speaking of which, Emily and I and our fellow VISTA Olivia got some more when we were treated to breakfast at the Ruby Slipper by Agnieszka Nance and Katie Houck of the Center for Public Service, so special thanks to them.  Last but not least, I want to wish the best of luck to my now former VISTA colleagues Sarah Edwards and Mary Foley, who are off to thrilling new endeavors in Washington, DC and Tampa, respectively.

At this point, my own future remains a complete mystery, as the job hunt continues.  I interviewed for three positions recently, but so far, no luck.  My second AmeriCorps term ends in July.  Que sera sera.

As usual, I experienced lots of fun in the last month, both in New Orleans and New York.  Activities here included a University at Albany alumni reception, Kermit Ruffins at Wednesday at the Square, Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra at the French Quarter festival, dinner with my ex-roomie Chao and the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana with my boss.  Outings there included the NCAA men’s basketball East Regional at “my other dome home” in Syracuse, meals with friends and family at Bourbon Street Bar & Grille, Mouzon House and Ted’s Montana Grill, and Easter service at Times Square Church.  I’d be lying if I didn’t admit the sporting events were somewhat disappointing due to a shortened, yellow-flag-filled race and Villanova’s absence from the regional, but I didn’t spend the entire days frowning!  #crazyunclejack



This entry was posted on April 21, 2015 by in VISTA Field Reports, Youth Rebuilding New Orleans.



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