Contact: Kathryn Fernandez, Program Support Manager FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Phone: 337.298.3516

SAFER Provides an Alternative Spring Break for Visiting Student Volunteers

NEW ORLEANS, LA: March 25, 2008

Student Advocacy for Equitable Recovery (SAFER), a Tulane student-led non-profit, coordinates student volunteers from around the United States to help rebuild New Orleans homes damaged in Hurricane Katrina. This March, SAFER hosted ten groups from various universities, including the University of Virginia, New York University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. These students came to New Orleans during their Spring Break to volunteer in the rebuilding efforts. The groups ranged in size, from nine to twenty-five students and chaperons, and each worked for an average of one week. Students learned numerous different rebuilding skills. On the interior of the houses they installed insulation and drywall and taped and floated the drywall. They also scraped, sanded, and painted the exterior of several houses. The visiting student volunteers worked in neighborhoods throughout New Orleans, at seven different SAFER sites in Broadmoor, Hollygrove, Gentilly, and the Upper Ninth Ward. The work of these some 150 volunteers saved New Orleans homeowners thousands of dollars in labor costs. SAFER hosts volunteer groups year-round; for more information on volunteering with or donating to the non-profit, please visit our website at


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