The Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal
The Center allows volunteers from across the country and beyond to stand in solidarity with the people of the Gulf Coast for a just and equitable recovery. The Volunteer Program grew out of the Hurricane Relief and Social Justice project of the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which was created to respond to the great need of the region in the immediate aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The project transitioned to become the UUA-UUSC Gulf Coast Volunteer Program in April, 2007. It is now a program of the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal, a secular project of the three local churches in the New Orleans area. Working with community partners, the program connects volunteers with opportunities to address the needs of those affected by Katrina in New Orleans. There are several key components of the program designed to help volunteers understand the context in which they are working, to process their experience, and to be effective witnesses to the need for continued assistance and recovery of the Gulf Coast. These are:
There are two debriefings facilitated by the volunteer coordinators, one immediately after the first day of work and another the evening before the last day of work. Volunteers participate in a variety of projects with the program’s community partners. These range from rebuilding houses to helping to plant school gardens. Volunteers are asked to evaluate both the dialogue and their overall experience.
Our community partners include:
Most groups are housed in the 50-bed Volunteer Center on the second floor of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans. The volunteers are responsible for many repairs and improvements in the church building. Recently, especially during spring break months when there is an abundance of volunteers, some have stayed at Community Church Unitarian Universalist’s annex building.
The Center welcomes all volunteers, and is grateful to the many people still willing to participate in the rebuilding of New Orleans.
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The Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal is a catalyst in the New Orleans area for promoting social, economic, environmental and racial justice. We do this through activism, community engagement and transformational learning
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