Update on YRNO Tornado Relief
Six weeks ago on February 7th, a massive tornado struck homes in New Orleans East, leaving hundreds of homeowners struggling with damaged or destroyed homes, without the resources to start yet another rebuilding process. This was the 2nd natural disaster to hit south Louisiana in the past year, and many homeowners were now faced with their 2nd or 3rd attempt at rebuilding.
HOW WE RESPONDED
YRNO mobilized immediately into the community–evaluating projects and meeting with homeowners in need. The community outreach efforts were effective, and word spread that YRNO had volunteers willing and able to work.
Students from schools throughout New Orleans, including Jesuit High School, Archbishop Rummel High School, Tulane University, Sci Academy, Ben Franklin High School, and LSU mobilized to help. Volunteers from across the US (and Canada!) also pitched in, including the University of Calgary, The Lebron James Family Foundation’s 330 Ambassadors and Staff, Temple Har Shalom (New Jersey), Nova Southeastern University, and the University of Virginia. Partner organizations including Operation Spark and the Cowen Institute at Tulane University also volunteered to help in the efforts.
In February alone, over 300 volunteers worked under YRNO’s supervision to help clean up at 15 sites in New Orleans East. March Madness includes hundreds more.
In Early April, one of the homeowners is hosting a thank you event for volunteers. Keep an eye out for details!
To help finance the recovery efforts, including the purchase of new wheelbarrows, tools, and tarps specifically for relief purposes, YRNO launched a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe. Thank you to all of you who have already donated! We could not coordinate this emergency work without generous donors like you. To contribute, visit https://www.gofundme.com/YRNO-tornado-relief
Disaster response ignited youth volunteers’ passion 12 years ago after Hurricane Katrina, leading to the establishment of YRNO, and disaster response is still a core component of our mission to engage youth in the betterment of the New Orleans community. As we continue identifying projects and responding to homeowner requests, YRNO will continue to mobilize volunteers of all ages to contribute to the community efforts.
Thank you again to those who donated to our relief fund. Fundraising is ongoing, as we aim toward our $5,000 goal. Click here to donate.