Build and Boil Block Party!
In 2019, Rebuilding Together New Orleans hosted our first annual Build and Boil Block Party! With support from over 200 volunteers from local businesses and corporations RTNO was able to help 6 homeowners within Orleans Parish. The first half of the day consisted of the “build” portion of the day where volunteers replaced rotten weatherboards, safely removed lead paint, gave exteriors fresh coats of paint and installed exterior handrails and interior safety grab bars in bathrooms.
Some houses RTNO focused on were those of Felix Lewis, a retired disabled veteran; and the home of Myrtle Robert, a retired health care intake clerk. Mr. Lewis’ home, which flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, needs drywall, insulation and several safe-at-home repairs. Ms. Robert’s home needs exterior and interior painting, bathroom repairs, gutter placement and more.
In the afternoon all were welcomed to the Block Party! The block party, which was free to the public, and is full of fun for all ages, including crawfish races and peeling contests. The community came out to get to know Rebuilding Together and eat 899lbs of crawfish!! Twenty teams competed in a crawfish boiling contest, with the winner being Gallo Mechanical receiving a paddle and bragging rights!
Thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, and community members Rebuilding Together New Orleans was able to raise $20,000 to be used for future home repairs within Orleans Parish! For the past 30 years, Rebuilding Together has been improving the lives of New Orleans homeowners in need, particularly those who are elderly, disabled, veterans or single heads of households with minor children. Since 1988, the program has completed 1,587 projects and coordinated more than 25,000 volunteers since Hurricane Katrina.