January 07, 2009
Media contact: Stephanie Page Duesing, office: 407-646-2203, cell: 407-721-4633
Winter Park, Fla. (January 7, 2009) – A group of 13 Rollins students and four faculty members are in New Orleans this week working with Habitat for Humanity to rebuild homes of Hurricane Katrina victims. The team is staying at Camp Hope in St. Bernard Parish, along with other students and faculty members from colleges across the country.
The trip was organized by Rollins Relief, a student organization committed to helping victims of global catastrophes. Rollins student Steve Miller founded the organization in 2005, shortly after Hurricane Katrina.
Rollins has made a long-term commitment to rebuilding New Orleans. This trip will represent the College’s seventh visit to St. Bernard Parish, and future community service trips are already in the works.
“Rollins volunteers are continuing to help Louisiana families rebuild their lives,” said Assistant Director of Community Engagement Meredith Hein. “Besides doing their part as global citizens, the learning that takes place in this environment has an extraordinary impact on students. It alters their way of thinking and changes them forever.”
The trip was open to all students, faculty and staff, and many students were turned away due to space limitations. This trip will bring the total number of Rollins faculty, staff and students who have assisted in the clean-up efforts through Rollins Relief to more than 200.
Rollins Relief is a student-run organization that brings to life the Rollins College mission of educating students for global citizenship and responsible leadership. Rollins Relief provides disaster relief opportunities locally, nationally and internationally.
WHEN: Students are in New Orleans from Monday, Jan. 4 through Saturday, Jan. 10.
Students return to the Rollins College campus at approximately 12 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11.
WHERE: St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana
Alfond Sports Center Parking Lot, Rollins College campus, Winter Park, Fla.
· Louisiana affiliates may be able to provide footage of field work
· Get photos/video of Rollins students returning to campus after the week-long service trip.
· Interview student leaders and college administrators about the importance of returning to New Orleans to rebuild the community.