This spring YRNO has the pleasure of welcoming four student interns from one of our partner schools, Sci Academy. Antonio, D’Juan, Charles and Thomas work for YRNO twice a week for training in construction in an effort to prepare to enter the workforce. They work either in small groups or one-on-one with our full time construction staff on site to learn construction skills necessary to supplement the work of the volunteers and full time staff. Since their arrival in February the young men have learned a number of construction techniques including how and when to use different saws, framing and [...]
Recently, YRNO won $37,000 in the 2015 Super Service Challenge. Founded in 2011 in Indianapolis, The Super Service Challenge’s mission is to promote philanthropic giving and corporate service. Drew Brees and the Brees Dream Foundation brought the Challenge to New Orleans in 2012, and that first year nonprofits around New Orleans received over 1 million dollars from surrounding businesses and corporations, including YRNO. Each year since 2012, YRNO has participated in the Super Service Challenge and benefitted from the Challenge donations. To enter the Challenge lottery, volunteers can submit videos reflecting on their time serving with YRNO. At the end [...]
November has already become a busy month for the YRNO team! To kick things off, the staff has been making room for several large donations from the Wooster Paint Company and a private donation of training supplies from one of our friends at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. Check out the Fresh Prince posing with one of the donations below: The YRNO team is full of Tulane alum, so we were very happy to kick off Tulane’s Homecoming weekend with a diverse group of Tulane staff, alumni, and prospective students on Thursday, November 5th. This group worked hard installing siding [...]
The last two days we’ve been moving a donated house from General Pershing Street to our (formerly) vacant lot on St. Ann, simultaneous to having a family from New York volunteer with us. Check out all the action below! Rolling out the orange carpet? Don’t get tangled! Taking a heat break? Whee! Here comes the first half! Negotiating the corner. William provides the oversight. Part two, comin’ through. Back it in. William and Jack, on site together for the last time. Both parts, safely home.
Today we had another quintet helping us clear debris from a house we’re moving to the vacant lot at our St. Ann Street properties, but this time the volunteers were students from LSU Health New Orleans and the site was General Pershing Street. Peep the action below! Prince charming. Empty ‘barrows. One chunk at a time. Brick city. Fill ‘er up!
This morning we had a quintet of volunteers hailing from France, Northern Ireland, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine, courtesy of the New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council. The group was on South Rocheblave clearing debris from a house we’ll soon be moving to the vacant lot at our St. Ann Street properties! Merci! Danielle gives the safety speech. Teamwork. Setting it down. Adding to the pile. Boys club.
Today we have our third of three Overland summers service groups via NetWork Voluntours working at our St. Ann Street properties. After some stretching exercises, they got busy doing various tasks, as you can see below! Prince greets the group. Transporting tools. Rearranging lumber. Setting it down.
Today we have D.A.R.E. officers from the New Orleans Police Department and elsewhere volunteering at our St. Ann Street properties. They’ve worked primarily on framing, as evidenced below. Thanks, y’all! Prince with his future colleagues? Cutting crew. We’ll never have better security.
Today we had a SALT Student Travel group from Illinois volunteering at our St. Ann Street properties, thanks to NetWork Voluntours. Along with construction work, the crew helped out with a community sweep as we prepare for the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Peep the action below! Group orientation. Moving lumber. Keep it comin’. Setting it down. Dumpster duty. Removing refuse. Cutting crew. Now that’s sun protection! Up close and personal. Clean up on aisle 2801. Community sweepers. Sweep group 2. Spic [...]
This week we have a group from the Bethlehem Center V-Team of Chattanooga, Tennessee volunteering with us. This morning they worked on various tasks at our St. Ann Street properties, as you can see below! Greeting the group. Moving lumber. Keep it comin’. Don’t stop now! There’s still more. Peep the shadow. Brian’s back. Lay the wood. Stack it up. Nail removal. Pitch it! Making cement!