January 13, 2009
While many students spent the last week of their Christmas vacation with family and friends back home, a group of 13 Rollins students and four faculty members dedicated their time in New Orleans working with Habitat for Humanity to rebuild homes of Hurricane Katrina victims. The team stayed 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-run organization committed to helping victims of global catastrophes. The organization was founded by Rollins student Steve Miller in 2005 shortly after Hurricane Katrina, and it continues to bring to life the Rollins College mission of educating students for global citizenship and responsible leadership by providing disaster relief opportunities locally, nationally and internationally.
Since the start of Rollins Relief, the College has made eight trips to visit St. Bernard Parish. Future community service trips are already in the works, showcasing Rollins’ long-term commitment to rebuilding New Orleans.
“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 brought the total number of Rollins faculty, staff and students who have assisted in the clean-up efforts through Rollins Relief to more than 200.
By Brittany Fornof (Class of 2011)