JMU Team Bound for New Orleans for Hurricane Relief

From: Public Affairs


For the fifth consecutive year, a team of volunteers from James Madison University is traveling to Louisiana for the May Hurricane Relief Trip. A total of 56 students, faculty and staff are making the trip May 8-15—immediately following JMU's May 8 commencement.

The JMU Alternative Break Program team coordinates efforts with Camp Hope in Arabi, La., to assist with rebuilding homes and communities in St. Bernard's Parish, Orleans Parish and New Orleans.

Team members pay $300 to participate in the weeklong relief trip. While in New Orleans, team members live at Camp Hope, a dormitory-style facility that was established after Hurricane Katrina to house students from throughout the United States who participate in alternative break programs.

Teams from JMU began volunteering to help clean up on the Gulf Coast in November 2005 after Hurricane Katrina devastated the region. Since then, JMU teams have returned to the New Orleans area as the focus has shifted from cleaning up to rebuilding.

The May trip was established for JMU to maintain a consistent community service relationship with the New Orleans area. Volunteers have worked with such organizations as Habitat for Humanity, Louisiana Children's Museum, the Green Project and NOLA Pet Rescue.

The May Hurricane Relief Trip is part of JMU's popular Alternative Break Program, which also includes Alternative Spring Break and Alternative Thanksgiving Break. For more information, check www.jmu.edu/csl/abp/about.html.

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May 5, 2010