New Orleans - Volunteer Connections
Here begins my tribute to the people brave and proud enough to ask for help and the volunteers able to find the time and energy to do the work. I have been inspired from the start, and leave our monthly visits with more than dirty hands and an aching body. The time spent working with everyone fills my heart with hope, commitment, and connections. There is just SO much work to be done, overwhelmingly so, but with the determination and dedication of the New Orlean soul and the involvement of others, recovery can occur step by step.
I've taken my camera with me every time and can't help but to take pictures of the people that I'm with. I really hope that the images will give voice to the region and the people.
Let me introduce a few New Orleans citizens that I feel I can call friends.
The first person I got to help. It was a day of heat, weeds, and wonderful stories about her family.
Jolie with Lee, a contractor from Virginia
Jolie's gutted house has more character than many well lived-in homes.
Her home was covered with 18 ft. of water. She is now gutting the one she used to rent in NO so she'll be able to live there. When I asked her for permission to publish her photo, she didn't hesitate to say yes. She hopes that others will be able to get involved and help New Orleans.
Here are my friends that I volunteer with from our church. There's lots of love and power inside of them.
Jeanne, a NO resident, friend of Augusta
Augusta with Shirley
We did it!
Post-weeder Laura at Jolie's