As always, Youth Rebuilding New Orleans has been hosting hundreds of students from around the country who dedicated time, money and effort toward our mission. To all those young people traveling to work with us, THANK YOU! Your volunteer efforts allow YRNO to sell our homes for below the market value, helping teachers and public servants access homeownership.

University of Virginia and University of South Florida St. Petersburg have both been traveling to New Orleans to stay in our bunkhouse and volunteer for the last few years. This year, they got put to work on concrete removal for a neighbor as well as painting and priming the house formerly known as the teal house. Concrete removal is essential in New Orleans to prevent flooding and standing water, so our volunteers and staff designed and created driveway strips and permeable gravel sections in the yard here in Treme.

The next two weeks of March Madness, St. Louis Jewish Teens and the University of Tennessee Volunteers volunteered their time, continuing the transformation at 2754 St. Ann Street. UCLA Alternative Spring Break group was fearless, painting on ladders the top-most sections of the house.

This week, Seattle Academy joined us to touch up paint, insulate the house and begin hanging drywall. Shoutout to all of YRNO’s March Madness volunteers! Amazing April is off to a productive start as well!