"Keep on Keepin' On"
All the best to the volunteers and the NOLA residents who keep the heart of this work alive.
HERE IS THE LATEST NEWS ABOUT THE HURRICANE RELIEF AND SOCIAL JUSTICE PROJECT, THE UCBR WEEKEND WARRIORS, AND OUR PLANS FOR THE TWO UPCOMING SATURDAY WORKDAYS, 12/08 & 12/15/07. PLEASE REVIEW AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE!
In case you haven't heard, the Disaster Response Team at the UCBR is shutting down, and replaced with a new set of directors, Diana Dorroh, myself, and another person we voted on last Sunday, who escapes my memory. Chere Coen is leaving the director position for the Hurricane Relief and Social Justice Project, which is also being shut down. the remaining $2,000 funds, is being redirected to the UCBR Weekend Warriors to continue to support their work, adn to provide seed money for any new efforts. So the good news is that even though HRSJP is shutting down, the UCBR UUs will "keep on keepin' on", as long as you volunteers show an interest in helping.
AS OF DECEMBER 15TH, IT WILL HAVE BEEN ALMOST EXACTLY TWO YEARS SINCE UCBR WWs STARTED WORKING IN S.E. LA. IN THAT TIME, 52 UCBR MEMBERS &FRIENDS HAVE WORKED ANYWHERE FROM ONE TO OVER THIRTY TRIPS, WORKING AT AT 35 LOCATIONS IN ARABI, BATON ROUGE, KENNER, METAIRIE, NEW OREANS, & SLIDELL, LA. WE HAVE PROVIDED OVER 1,400 HOURS OF VOLUNTEER LABOR, AND A TOTAL OF OVER 2,000 HOURS IF TOTAL TRAVEL TIME IS INCLUDED.
Most of our volunteers have been unskilled folks, although we do have a few folks who are skilled with tools. We've mucked and/or, gutted and boarded up about 4 houses, cleaned up debris and dead vegetation, installed new fencing, bucked up and moved fallen trees and debris to the curb for pickup, performed small repairs, moved donated food, supplies, donated appliances, furniture and belongings, put up new sheet rock, painted inside and outside, installed electrical outlets and switches, and helped with yard maintenance.
WE NEED TO CELEBRATE!
PLANS FOR THIS SATURDAY:
Our UCBR WW members had a productive Sat. last weekend. Jim Casper got some electrical work done at Augusta's and new WWs Janet and Robin Moulder and I helped an elderly disabled couple move from their FEMA trailer in Baton Rouge to a rent house in Metairie.
Here is a status report, prepared by Jim Casper, and path forward for completion of the work at Augusta's house in Violet, LA:
Kitchen, Living/Dining area, Master bedroom are all ready for primer/drywall mud mix paint.
Bathroom, Laundry room and Bedroom #2 need first coat of float sanded and a second coat of float applied.
Hall way and #3 bedroom needs a first coat of float finished (some of each area has first coat on.
Bathroom vent in attic needs to be connected. I did not bring the correct tools to do this today. Part of the attic floor has to be cut away to get access to the vent blower. I will bring the correct tools next week.
Continue to install electrical outlets and switches.
When the above jobs are finished, including putting second coat of float, sanding and prime painting the areas that now only have one coat on.
1. install kitchen cabinets
2. Install bathroom sink and tile around the bathtub.
3. Put on finish coat of paint.
4. Install sink, dishwasher, range and refrigerator in kitchen.
5. Install light fixtures, A/C duct covers in all rooms.
6. Install flooring in all rooms. (Kitchen, Bath and Master Bedroom first)
7. Move Augusta into here house from the FEMA trailer.
While we may not be able to get Augusta moved in by Christmas, we are making good progress!
Plans for this coming Saturday are to work on the items under status - if you have experience in any of those areas, and want to volunteer to come and help, please let me know ASAP. We will meet at the UCBR church parking lot between 7 & 7:30 am, leaving at 7:30 am to carpool down to Augusta's house to work there all day. Jeff Flynn is bringing a fan to help ventilate the house while we paint.
Weather for this coming Sat. is predicted to be:
Scattered Showers, High 80°F
Precip - 30%
Wind: SE 9 mph
Max. Humidity: 82%
UV Index: 4 Moderate
Sunrise: 6:44 AM CT
Sunset: 5:01 PM CT