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STRETCH GOAL ADDED! $1,500 Youth from Community UU Church in Plano, TX will learn about and contribute to rebuilding New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina.
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We are sending youth and adults from Community UU Church to New Orleans on June 12-17. They will work with local partners to learn more about the rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Katrina and to add their labor to current projects.

We can send our largest group ever if you help us meet or exceed our Faithify goal of $750.

Since the first New Orleans service trip in 2010, this service trip has grown to include more and more youth. Last year 7 youth and 7 adults participated. This year 12 youth and 7 adults signed up for the trip.

Our youth group is growing! The youth group has increased from 8 in 2017 to over 12 youth attending every Sunday. For the early May bake sale, 21-24 junior and senior high youth created wonderful treats in a member’s kitchen. The advisors regularly need to recruit additional volunteers to staff the youth classes. We are running to catch up with this growth.

Between fundraising throughout the year and grant applications, we are within $2200 of our goal to fund the service trip. This Faithify project is one of our last efforts to cover the added costs of sending such an abundance of people.

Why do we go to New Orleans? The recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina continues for many neighborhoods in the area. For the past eight years, members of Community Unitarian Universalist Church have been coordinating with local organizers in New Orleans to complete individual projects for area residents. Members have an ongoing relationship with the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal (http://celsjr.org). The Center for Ethical Living has its offices in the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans (http://firstuuno.org).

This year our housing expenses will support another service organization. We will stay at Molly’s House, a mission of Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans (https://www.trinitynola.com/mission).

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Widening Our Circle in New Orleans 1,500.00

Our goal is to make this service trip available to every interested youth regardless of their or their family’s ability to make a financial contribution. The cost per person to participate in this trip is $350-400. With the addition of two youth, the total group is 14 teens and 7 adults. Meeting or exceeding the stretch goal makes the trip more financially accessible.

Funding this size of a group adds to our capacity to serve. The youth will be working on three different projects. At the Boys and Girls’ Club in Gretna, they will build “learning gardens”, and they will improve the landscaping. The learning gardens will allow the local children to grow their own food. The landscaping will improve the stewardship and the aesthetics of the Club and the neighborhood. The third project is to improve the appearance and the use of a house in the Ninth Ward by repairing a porch decking and rail. The group has the potential to do more because they are large enough to break into crews.

Thank you for your support!

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