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2010 Community Outreach Activities in New Orleans

Sunday, June 27

Outreach to Teach

NEA Student Program and NEA Retired members will work to refurbish a public school in Plaquemines Parish. This event, organized by the NEA Student Program, has limited space available for additional volunteers.

Contact: Kimberly Anderson, NEA staff


Wednesday, June 30

Read Across America / Read Across New Orleans
10:30–12:00 noon, Louisiana Children’s Museum

Delegates are needed to read to local children.

Contact: Brandi Hogan-Northcutt, NEA staff


Thursday, July 1

Food Bank, 9:00 am–12 noon

Delegates work/stock at local New Orleans Food Bank. Must wear covered shoes and long pants. Meet at the convention center between 8:15–8:30 am for bus transfer.

Contact: Cathy Savage, New York

Habitat for Humanity

Work will be done on building site in Slidell. Must wear covered shoes and long pants. Meet at the convention center between 8:15–8:30 am for bus transfer and return.

Contact: Mary Kennedy, Ohio, 614-209-2344

Habitat ReStore

Work at Habitat’s store (ReStore) in Slidell. 5–7 volunteers. Must wear covered shoes and long pants. Meet at the convention center between 8:15–8:30 am for bus transfer to the store.

Contact: Mary Kennedy, Ohio, 614-209-2344


Friday, July 2

Food Bank, 9:00 am–12 noon*

*(Requires minimum number of volunteers to operate today.)

Delegates work/stock at local New Orleans Food Bank. Must wear covered shoes and long pants. Meet at the convention center between 8:15–8:30 am for bus transfer.

Contact: Cathy Savage, New York

Habitat for Humanity

Work will be done on building site in Slidell. Must wear covered shoes and long pants. Meet at the convention center between 8:15-8:30 am for bus transfer and return.

Contact: Mary Kennedy, Ohio, 614-209-2344

Habitat ReStore

Work at Habitat’s store (ReStore) in Slidell. 5–7 volunteers. Must wear covered shoes and long pants. Meet at the convention center between 8:15–8:30 am for bus transfer to the store.

Contact: Mary Kennedy, Ohio, 614-209-2344

Ozanam Inn, St. Vincent De Paul, 1:00–3:00 pm

Prepare a mid-day meal for the homeless. Must wear shoes and long pants; no tank tops or sandals permitted. Meet at convention center to walk 8–9 blocks to the site or meet at site at 1:00 pm.

Contact: Karen Seeling McInnis, Minnesota, or mcinn002@tc.umn.edu


Other Outreach Projects

Operating from “Food Bank Booth” in Hall F

The Food Bank Booth, located in Hall F of the convention center, will operate from July 1–6 and serves as a central donation point and is an ongoing project of NEA to support local communities. Volunteers are needed to work at the booth, and state delegations are encouraged to promote fundraisers to support the booth which has been an NEA tradition since the 1970’s.

Contact: Karen Seeling McInnis, Minnesota, or mcinn002@tc.umn.edu

Bookmobile Fundraiser

New project by the Maryland State Education Association to collect monies to assist with the local libraries and bookmobile for the children and families in NOLA. Funds raised by NEA delegates will be matched dollar for dollar through a challenge campaign sponsored by the New Orleans Public Library Foundation. Donations should be made to the 501.c-3 nonprofit, “New Orleans Public Library Foundation” denoting “for Bookmobile.”

Donations can be made online (Click “donate now” to get to the Special Project: NEA Bookmobile Project) or at the Food Booth.

School Supply Drive

Most of the donated items will be taken to the ARC of Greater New Orleans to help lowincome young children with disabilities.

Book Drive

Donate new books as well as “pop tabs” to children staying at the Ronald McDonald House (RMHNO) in New Orleans. Drop donations at the Food Bank Booth. We also plan to donate some fresh baked goods for the families.

Toiletries Drive

Ongoing tradition/project of NEA for children and families. Bring toiletries from home or your hotel room to the Food Bank Booth.


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