Day Two - Student-Athletes Building Homes
Jan. 11, 2012
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana - Boston College student-athletes from several teams have embarked on an annual Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) trip to New Orleans in order to help build homes in the areas most affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Each day of their journey, one student-athlete will be posting a blog about that day's adventures. Continue reading below for Day Two's entry and keeping checking back this week for a new posting each day.
Day Two of the service trip to New Orleans marked our first day of building homes with the St. Bernard Project. After an awesome first day in the city yesterday, we were excited to get an early start to make the most out of our time here! Our first stop this morning was the St. Bernard Project headquarters for orientation where we learned that the SBP was started in 2006 by Liz McCartney and Zack Rosenburg with the mission of bringing families home as soon as possible. Six years later, SBP has completed over 415 homes and continues to build with the help of thousands of volunteers to carry out its mission.
After orientation we couldn't wait to get involved, so we headed over to the homes we would be building. We chose to divide and conquer, splitting into two groups to work on two different work sites. We got right to work, hanging dry wall, "mudding" the walls, tiling floors and hanging doors.
With one day of construction under our belts, we could see the progress already! Our two site supervisors, Andre and Luisa, are from Americore and have been very helpful getting us acquainted with the art of general contracting!
In the afternoon, we had some time off before dinner and headed into the French Quarter to get better acquainted with the heart of NOLA!