Spring cleaning in New Orleans

Twenty UPS students were in Louisiana in March, working alongside home owners and other volunteers to clear debris and perform mold abatement in houses and schools. Calling themselves Bridges over Troubled Water, the students were hosted by the New Orleans-based grass-roots organization Common Ground Collective.

Trip co-leaders Peter Daniels ‘06 and Brooke Corneli ’06 first learned about Common Ground through Steve Larson ’05. They felt inspired by the people-to-people emphasis of Common Ground and wanted to help.

A student-initiated project, the group held several fund-raisers to offset costs associated with the trip, such as purchasing safety equipment. They paid travel expenses themselves. 

It was the most recent effort by the members of the campus community to reach out to victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Immediately following the hurricanes, several New Orleans–area college students spent a semester at the university, and Puget Sound students raised money in the days and weeks following the hurricanes to help with relief efforts.