Hurricane Recovery Team makes third relief trip
Bucknell volunteers at work.
The Bucknell Hurricane Katrina Recovery Team is the third delegation from the University to visit the area since the August 2005 hurricane and will be deployed in the St. Bernard Parish area, just outside
"Some of the work we'll be doing is different than previous delegations in that we're working on rebuilding homes," said Janice Butler, director of the Office of Service-Learning at Bucknell. "In the past, we were mostly involved in gutting work. That is, clearing debris and taking out wet sheetrock and other kinds of material from people's homes so that they could rebuild.
"This year, we're excited we're going to be part of the rebuilding effort and, hopefully, trying to get some families back into their homes in time for the New Year," said
St. Bernard Parish, located across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter in
"This parish received a great deal of damage," said
In addition, the Bucknell delegation will spend one day in
While there, the group will work with Walls of Hope, an organization that assembles pre-fabricated housing.
"Our team will be involved in actually bolting together a house that's pre-fabricated and getting it situated on site," said
Bud Hiller, a technology support specialist at Bucknell and a co-leader on the trip, said he volunteered for the role because "there is so much that still needs to be done in
The delegation also will meet with a Bucknell graduate, Carla Robertson '89, who works in the
Two returning student participants have helped to develop a mini-curriculum that will help volunteers to understand the context in which they will be working. Those briefings cover areas as diverse as the levee system, economics, race, public health, and the environment.
The Katrina volunteers will leave Lewisburg the day after fall semester exams end, Dec. 14, and return from the
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Posted Dec. 4, 2007
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