What is NOLA?
NOLA is a student-run club at Wheaton College that was founded just months after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Students in the club are committed to volunteer work and helping the communities around them and beyond. Although Katrina was eleven years ago, New Orleans is still very much affected by the disaster. New Orleans relies heavily on volunteers to rebuild, which is why, eleven years later, NOLA is still a club. We are determined to keep traveling to New Orleans for as many years as it takes to rebuild.
Why is Volunteering in New Orleans Important?
In the eleven years since Hurricane Katrina there have always been volunteer groups going down to volunteer, but there is still so much work to be done until the city is back to how it was before the disaster. Many houses and buildings that were affected by the hurricane remain abandoned and in disarray. Families who had to leave their homes do not have enough money to fix their homes, so they are not able to return. When families are able to save up money to repair their homes, common problems that occur are contractor fraud, when families pay a contractor to fix their homes and they run off with all of their money, or their homes are being repaired with drywall that contains harmful chemicals. In both cases, families are left with no money and their house does not get rebuilt. This is why volunteers are so important to New Orleans; it is free help by people who are passionate about striving to help others. In addition to rebuilding houses, one day of each NOLA trip is dedicated to doing trash cleanup in the bayou, which was also severely affected by Katrina. In light of this summer's flooding in Baton Rouge, this year we will also be dedicating one day to flood relief.
How Your Donations Help Us
Each year NOLA club members pay $200 and the rest of the money we need is all made through fundraisers. Traveling with a group of 28 students and faculty gets expensive, so your donations are extremely appreciated!
Your generous donation will contribute to helping us pay for:
- Lodging in New Orleans
- Volunteer costs
- Supply costs
- Nighttime cultural learning excursions
By donating to NOLA, you help our club help families in New Orleans and make a positive impact on their lives. Any donation, small or large is welcome. If you are unable to donate, we simply ask that you share this campaign, in hopes that more people become aware of the help that New Orleans still needs.
Here are the students who you would be supporting:
Olivia, 2018 Emory, 2017 Molley, 2017 Cathy, 2019 Joey, 2019
Cathy, 2019 Charlotte, 2017 Adrienne, 2017 Lauren, 2017 Cam, 2017
Katie, 2019 Brittany, 2019 Emily, 2019 Julia, 2019 Ashley, 2019
Hannah, 2019 Kaylee, 2019 Kally, 2019 Luisa, 2019 Flynn, 2019
Brenna, 2020 Ashraya, 2020 Rebecca, 2020