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.