HandsOn New Orleans, the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross, Evacuteer.org and the New Orleans Fire Department have partnered to host the annual 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. This joint effort will service the Hollygrove neighborhood of New Orleans by providing an estimated 500 households with information on disaster preparedness and fire prevention. The New Orleans Fire Department will be installing free smoke detectors in homes as needed.
In 2009, the United States Congress passed bipartisan legislation, signed by President Barack Obama, which formally recognized September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. HandsOn New Orleans is joining hundreds of other organizations around the country in commemorating 9/11 with community-based service projects. This initiative is led by Points of Light and MyGoodDeed with support from Noble Vines and UPS.
“HandsOn New Orleans looks forward to serving our local community in a unified effort to promote disaster awareness within the Hollygrove neighborhood. Through this partnership, we are able to broaden our outreach while honoring our commitment to community service,” said Chris Cameron, Executive Director of HandsOn New Orleans.
“This day of service is a simple yet powerful way for Americans to honor the September 11, victims, survivors, and emergency responders. We ask all those willing and able to participate and to pay tribute while simultaneously playing a role in helping our neighbors prevent and prepare for disasters,” said Kay W. Wilkins, CEO of the American Red Cross South Louisiana Region.
The event will take place on Saturday, September 7th, from 9 am to 12 noon. Participants are advised to meet at Conrad Playground, inside Fredrick Square. The address is 3400 Hamilton Street (at the corner of Edinburgh Street) New Orleans, Louisiana, 70118.
For more information about this event, please contact HandsOn New Orleans, Chris Cameron, at 504-609-2525 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About HandsOn New Orleans: HandsOn New Orleans, an affiliate of the HandsOn Network, was created in 2006 as a disaster recovery operation in response to the mass devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Over the past 7 years, the HandsOn New Orleans emphasis has evolved toward community engagement with a mission to engage, empower, and transform our community through volunteer service. We connect every passion with a purpose by matching our volunteer based with over 40+ non-profit organizations in the New Orleans metro region. For more information about HandsOn New Orleans, visit www.handsonneworleans.org
About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/NewOrleans or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossSELA.
About Evacuteer.org: Evacuteer.org is a non-profit organization that currently retains the sole responsibility for recruiting, training, and managing evacuation volunteers (evacuteers) who assist with mandatory New Orleans’ evacuations, as detailed in a City Assisted Evacuation (CAE). Evacuteer.org has become a locally and nationally recognized leader in emergency preparedness and a critical component in the City of New Orleans’ present and future safety and viability. For more information, please visit http://www.nola.gov/nofd/
About the New Orleans Fire Department: The mission of the New Orleans Fire Department is to respond to all emergency situations in the City of New Orleans in order to protect and save life and property. Further, the Department will strive to reduce the incidence of fire and loss of life and injuries to civilians and fire personnel. For more information, please visit http://www.nola.gov/nofd/.