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Join Zags for National Alumni Service Project Oct. 31-Nov. 5 in New Orleans

Posted on September 15, 2010 in: @Gonzaga, Academics, Alumni, Events, Feature Stories, Parents, Service
Alumnus Mike Bell lends a hand at the 2009 National Alumni Service Project. Photo by Erika Sheehan ('95).

Alumnus Mike Bell lends a hand at the 2009 National Alumni Service Project. Photo by Erika Sheehan ('95).

By Tara Schmidt
Class of 2012

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Gonzaga University Alumni Association’s Second Annual National Service Project titled, “Rebuilding Together in New Orleans” will begin Halloween weekend.  All Gonzaga alumni and friends age 18 and older are invited to participate. No special skills are required, and the cost is primarily for transportation to New Orleans and housing while there.

The project with be orchestrated by Rebuilding Together, a national service organization that rehabilitated more than 9,000 homes and nonprofit community facilities across the United States in 2007 with help from some 300,000 volunteers.

The repairs will serve low-income homeowners and homeowners whose income was jeopardized as a result of the hurricanes, and will include projects that would not have been covered by insurance.

Those who wish to participate should plan to arrive for orientation in New Orleans by 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 31 at the Hotel Provincial in the French Quarter. The project is due to conclude at noon on Friday, Nov. 5.  Volunteers must have had a tetanus shot within the last 10 years.

The Gonzaga Alumni Association will pay the $100 volunteer fee for each person, and sponsor the van transporting everyone to the work site. Some meals will be provided.

Have questions, suggestions or want to be part of the planning? Not quite ready to commit? E-mail us for more information and updates. Visit the Zags Online website or the Rebuilding Together website. Contact Teresa Hudak, assistant alumni director-chapters, for more information about housing.

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