Women Outdoors Helps with New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. Trading in their hiking poles for hammers, ten members of Women Outdoors traveled to Louisiana in April 2007 to volunteer with the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity the week. The group helped build Musician's Village, 70 single-family, Habitat-constructed homes in the Upper 9th Ward.
Trading Hiking Poles for Hammers:
Women Outdoors Helps with New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity
ALBANY – Trading in their hiking poles for hammers, ten members of Women Outdoors, Inc. headed to Louisiana, on Saturday, April 7, 2007, to volunteer with the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity the week of April 9-13, 2007. The group helped build Musicians’ Village, 70 single-family, Habitat-constructed homes in the Upper 9th Ward.
Jane Rudden of Albany, the organizer of the Women Outdoors volunteer trip to New Orleans, said, “We were all very excited to join ranks of the thousands of other volunteers who have contributed their time and talents to the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. As Women Outdoors members, we brought our own special skills to this endeavor. We thrived on the week of hard work and hope we were able to contribute in a small way to bringing New Orleans back.”
A national, nonprofit organization, Women Outdoors sponsors regional chapters across the country. The ten women who traveled to New Orleans belong to chapters in upstate New York and Massachusetts.
The Musicians’ Village, one of the current projects of the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, will provide homes for some of the jazz, blues and other musicians who were forced to flee New Orleans by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Harry Connick, Jr., and Branford Marsalis are honorary chairs of the Musicians’ Village. In addition to the 70 homes planned by NOLA Habitat for Humanity, the Musicians’ Village will also be home to the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music.
The volunteer group from Women Outdoors stayed at Camp Hope in Violet, Louisiana. Since June 2006, Camp Hope has housed thousands of volunteers from across the United States as well as Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom who have traveled to Louisiana to help with rebuilding efforts in the New Orleans area. Camp Hope can accommodate about 475 volunteers at one time.
Women Outdoors, Inc., a national, nonprofit organization, serves as a network for women whose vocation or avocation takes them outside. Founded in 1980, Women Outdoors promotes leadership development, environmental stewardship and personal growth, or as some members put it, “We’re the women who learn, lead and have fun in the outdoors.” Women Outdoors regional chapters are currently sponsoring activities in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont/New Hampshire, and the Mid-Atlantic states.