March 26, 2012

Volunteering in New Orleans: 7 years later

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Last week, Janice Eatman-Williams came back from a volunteer trip to New Orleans. This is the ninth trip Janice has taken to the Gulf region post-hurricane Katrina. What does the clean-up effort in New Orleans look like seven years after the disaster?

This is the topic of only half the program. We first discuss where Janice's commitment to social justice comes from. She grew up in a household that always at the center of the community. Janice's father was the first African American to work for the city of Parma, a suburb in the Greater Cleveland area. This week we learn how an upbringing in a home dedicated to the well-being of the community translated into a lifetime commitment to social justice.

The partners for the trip included:

Fisk University
HandsOn Birmingham
Ronald McDonald House - Birmingham
Hotel Provincial
Tulane Center for Public Service
Amistad Reserach Center
Lower Ninth Ward Village
Grow Dat! Youth Farm
The Roots of Music
HandsOn New Orleans
Southern Rep Theatre
A Cultural Exchange

(left) Janice Eatman-Williams, assistant director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning at Case Western Reserve University,
(right) Gladys Haddad, host of Regionally Speaking

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