Tulanians volunteer across New Orleans area for student-led day of service
Hundreds of Tulane students volunteered across the city for Outreach Tulane, the university’s largest and longest running student-led day of service, on Saturday, Oct. 16.
The event was originally scheduled to take place on Aug. 28, however Hurricane Ida necessitated a change in plans.
Following the storm, the 2021 Outreach Tulane board updated the list of community partners to include some projects with a focus on Hurricane Ida relief efforts. More than 20 organizations, such as New Orleans City Park, New Orleans Habitat for Humanity, and Hagar’s House, were community partners for this year’s day of service. Around 700 students participated in service projects.
“Outreach Tulane continues in its 31st year to serve as a bridge between the Tulane student body and the City of New Orleans, providing them with a space to bond with peers, engage in meaningful community service projects, learn valuable civic skills, and exchange thoughtful dialogue and stories to strengthen the threads of this magical city so many call home. Contrasted against the fear and uncertainty of this pandemic, this service opportunity reminds us that hardship can never prevent us from looking out for each other and caring for even those whom we do not know — acting not for oneself, but for one’s own,” Sam Rawlins, 2021 Outreach Tulane board member, said.
(Photos by Paula Burch-Celentano and Rusty Costanza)