I am going to spend a week in New Orleans next month, volunteering with Common Ground Collective. The web site says that I can plan on doing any of the following:

House Gutting/ Mold Abatement
Distribute food and supplies to community members
Support work at the Free Medical Clinic
Emergency home repair to damaged homes, including roof tarping, debris removal, tree trimming, etc.
Legal support for residents affected by police brutality and violations of renters’ rights
Environmental monitoring/bio-remediation, gardening
Childcare Cooperative support
Other miscellaneous jobs such as staffing the women’s center, repairing
computer, cars and bikes, running errands, washing dishes, general
upkeep and providing security for the Common Ground housing locations

Volunteers are being housed in old gutted out buildings and fed three meals a day. I am planning on bringing my laptop, portable recorder and a video camera so I can video and podcast about my experiences there.

I am excited about pushing myself so far out of my comfort zone, but also pretty scared when the registration form asks me to bring, among other protective gear, an oxygen respirator.

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