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 Community Service Days

APTA thanks all members for the overwhelming support for the Community Service Days in New Orleans. We have over 300 volunteers signed up to help the St. Bernard Project, a disaster recovery organization who partners closely with the United Way to rebuild homes for families still living in FEMA trailers six years after Hurricane Katrina.

Though all volunteer slots are filled, you can be a part of bringing New Orleans families home by making a donation to support the St. Bernard Project.

Also, get the vote out for the St. Bernard Project during the Chase Community Giving contest. SBP is one of 25 charities chosen to participate. The stakes are high — $1 million! Voting ends Wednesday October 5th. Vote for the St. Bernard Project.

APTA Gives Back to the Community

This year’s Annual Meeting and EXPO in New Orleans will provide an opportunity for attendees and exhibitors to help rebuild homes destroyed in Hurricane Katrina.

On Friday September 30 and Thursday October 6, APTA will partner with the St. Bernard Project, an organization that has rebuilt more than 350 homes in the New Orleans area with volunteer labor and currently has over 45 more homes under construction. The APTA volunteers will be working on 8 to 10 homes that are being rebuilt for their owners who are still in temporary housing.

The APTA volunteers may perform a variety of tasks that are needed the day that they work such as hanging drywall, painting, mold remediation, exterior door/window installation, installing insulation, putting down flooring, yard cleanup – all of which require only enthusiasm and a willingness to help. No prior experience is needed and the St. Bernard Project’s on-site supervisors will help the APTA volunteers learn how to do the jobs that need to be done that day.

SBP will provide the needed supplies and equipment, but volunteers need to wear appropriate clothing and bring work gloves. The project will involve a time commitment from 8 am to 4:30 pm and transportation will be provided to the work sites from the conference hotel.

APTA’s business members are organizing the workday on Friday September 30 and all APTA members, and their family members, are welcome to participate that day. We hope to have at least 100 public and private sector volunteers working on Friday before they set up for EXPO and go to committee meetings over the weekend. The business members are also planning an activity that Friday evening to bring all the volunteers together to celebrate their accomplishments.

There will be second workday on Thursday October 6 for any APTA members that would prefer to work after the conference is over. In planning their participation in the workday, some APTA members have decided to bring their EXPO team in a day early to support the effort, while others with offices located in the region are looking for their volunteers in their offices near New Orleans.

Before Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish had 27,000 homes and 14,000 businesses. The onslaught of Katrina rendered all homes in the parish uninhabitable. The APTA Executive Committee participated in a community service project for the St. Bernard Project during its November 2010 retreat in New Orleans.

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