Whether or not you have volunteered with Rebuilding Together New Orleans, you can be an advocate for RTNO homeowners and New Orleans. Although the recovery effort has come along way since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the rebuilding of New Orleans is not finished. Advocating for New Orleans informs others of the rebuilding and revitalization of a fabulous city. Whether it’s petitioning your congressman on Capitol Hill or simply talking to your friends over coffee; lending your support and increasing awareness of the perils and preservation of New Orleans creates the building blocks for change.

How to Become an Advocate for NOLA

+ Educate yourself about RTNO, New Orleans and Gulf Coast Recovery
+ Spread awareness of RTNO’s work and the rebuilding and preservation effort in New Orleans
+ Support Gulf Coast Recovery and community revitalization legislation
+ Encourage others to advocate for RTNO and New Orleans

Can’t make it to New Orleans? – You don’t have to volunteer with RTNO to be an advocate!

+ Volunteer with your local Rebuilding Together affiliate
+ Sell Mardi Gras beads at a sporting event and donate the proceeds to RTNO
+ Hold an authentic New Orleans themed luncheon
+ Organize a letter writing campaign

Get Involved – Advocacy activity ideas for your campus, congregation or community

+ Send a letter to your representatives urging them to support New Orleans’ recovery
+ Host an event to share your volunteer experience with friends
+ Write a letter to the editor of your local paper supporting community revitalization
+ Use social networking sites to upload pictures, write blogs or post articles about RTNO and New Orleans
+ Wear RTNO apparel to start up conversation and build name recognition

Quick Advocacy Facts

+ RTNO is a continuing volunteer effort to improve the quality of life of low income homeowners, particularly those who are elderly, disabled, or single head of households with minor children, through home repair and revitalization of New Orleans’ neighborhoods.
+ 80% of New Orleans flooded from over 50 levee failures and breaches caused by Hurricane Katrina
+ The South Louisiana wetlands, the natural hurricane buffer that protects the shoreline, are being eroded at a rate equivalent to a football field every 38 minutes.
+ Approximately 1/3 of elderly homeowners reported contractor fraud when trying to rebuild their homes after Hurricane Katrina
+ Almost 80% of New Orleans residents were born in Louisiana, the highest nativity rate of any major US city
+ More than 35,000 buildings in New Orleans are on the National Register of Historic Places
+ As of July 2010, RTNO has completed 240 homes and hosted over 14,000 volunteers since Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005.

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