Paulina Cowan spends spring break helping rebuild in New Orleans
Paulina Cowan of Roxbury is one of 13 students from The College of Saint Rose who are spending an Alternative Spring Break in New Orleans helping citizens of the city continue to rebuild in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The 13 students are volunteering with lowernine.org in the Lower Ninth Ward, one of the hardest-hit parts of the city. They are helping homeowners rehabilitate and build homes in what remains the most devastated neighborhood in New Orleans.
This is the ninth consecutive year that Saint Rose students have given their vacation time to help with hurricane relief. All of the students volunteer their time; they are not paid for their work nor earn any class credits. The students left for New Orleans Sunday, March 2, and returned to Albany on Saturday, March 8.
Lowernine.org is dedicated to training residents and volunteers in the hurricane-ravaged Lower Ninth Ward in the numerous skills necessary to bring this century-old historic neighborhood back to life. These skills run the gamut from basic to advanced house construction and rebuilding and include community gardening projects, emotional and social support services, social outreach and community development. In addition to collaborating with other organizations with similar missions, lowernine.org works closely with community leaders to reach the greatest number of residents and to maximize the potential of what has been a giant step forward in re-establishing community.