The Katrina Recovery Team is dedicated to helping survivors of the devastating 2005 hurricane as they work to rebuild their homes and reclaim their communities. For more than 10 years, Bucknell volunteers have traveled to the New Orleans and Mississippi Gulf Coast regions to help those who lost so much to the destructive power of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Initial work consisted of clearing debris from flooded homes, and "gutting" or taking out the walls, cabinets and appliances, so that the buildings could be reconstructed from the base. More recently, delegations have been involved in helping the St. Bernard Project and other nonprofit groups build new houses or refurbish damaged homes so that residents can return to their neighborhoods.
As a service-learning course, the aim is not only to perform valuable service, but to educate participants and members of the Bucknell community about both the natural and man-made causes of the catastrophe, and the need to advocate for critical changes in coastal restoration, flood protection systems, emergency preparedness, disaster response, and crisis management. Participants are also exposed to the unique, vibrant culture of New Orleans through a variety of planned excursions, as well as free time to explore the city.
For any questions regarding the Katrina Recovery Team, or to make a donation to the project, please email Kyle Bray or call 570.577.3928.