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Common Ground organized hundreds of college students to spend their spring break gutting houses in New Orleans.


from their website:

Common Ground's mission is to provide short term relief for victims of hurricane disasters in the gulf coast region, and long term support in rebuilding the communities affected in the New Orleans area. Common Ground is a community-initiated volunteer organization offering assistance, mutual aid and support. The work gives hope to communities by working with them, providing for their immediate needs and emphasizes people working together to rebuild their lives in sustainable ways.


Common Ground distribution center in the Upper Ninth Ward gives away, tools, food, water and clothes to residents.
Boots await several hundred college students who will claim them and fan out into the community to gut houses
The Meg Perry Garden and Bioremediation center grows plants that remove toxins from the soil.
They Left Us Here to Die; A blackboard in a St Mary of the Angels school where Common Ground works. The message of Sept 2 tells of 200 people who took refuge in the school.

Common Ground volunteers can choose vegitarian or meat dinners.

Dinner was followed by a talk by the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond regarding racism and the History of New Orleans.

A Common Ground staff member orients students to distribute the first edition of the Commoun Ground newspaper Breaking Ground to residents. The paper contains a 4 page resource guide for services in New Orleans.
A student volunteer removes refuge from a house in the Lower Ninth Ward
Students choose protective suits for the days work.
A woman gets water from the distribution center.
A house in the Lower Ninth Ward cleaned and cleared by Common Ground Volunteers. The house will be drywalled. Home owners have signed up to have their work done by the volunteers. Blue tarps, distributed by FEMA can be seen all over New Orleans.
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