The delegation from Hobart and William Smith Colleges has completed its work in St. Bernard's Parish (County) near New Orleans, La., and returned to Geneva.
Students were featured in an article in the St. Bernard Parish Government newsletter.
They removed everything from the house — back to the timbers — so that the structure can finally dry out. The work was done to help residents keep their homes.
Fourteen students, led by Averell Bauder ’81, director of the HWS Public Service Office, worked with Operation Helping Hands, a program of Catholic Charities of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans.
Students making the trip were Alysa Austin ’08 of Stamford, Vt.; Erinn Cain ’08 of Palmyra, N.Y.; Sherry Funke ’08 of South New Berlin, N.Y.; Vanessa Gorsuch ’06 of the Bronx; Jake Gray ’09 of Greenwich, Conn.; Freya Hoffman-Terry ’06 of Chatham, Mass.; Jennifer Newsky ’07 of Wells, Maine; Ariana Nussdorf ’06 of Douglaston, N.Y.; Jillian Petrella ’09 of Fredonia, N.Y.; Kirby Rootes-Murdy ’08 of Bethesda, Md.; Carolyn Smith ’06 of Walworth, N.Y.; Alexis Swan ’06 of Horseheads, N.Y.; Sarah Trapani ’06 of Auburn, N.Y.; and Dale Watkins ’09 of Preston, Conn.
Every house in the parish has been declared uninhabitable and the electricity is still out.
Bauder praised the students for their willingness to give up a week of vacation, and said some of them took the Red Cross disaster classes on campus in November.
“Helping Hands says they have work for thousands of volunteers for many years to come,” Bauder said, “and we hope this is only the first of a number of trips to help.”
Other details about the Colleges’ response to Hurricane Katrina are available at http://www.hws.edu/news/news/katrina.asp.