Jan 17, 2011 10:54 PM by Maddie Garrett

Rebuilding Communities in Spirit of MLK Day

In the spirit of Martin Luther King Day, volunteers are helping rebuild a community in Acadiana. Monday was the first day of work and more than 75 volunteers and AmeriCorps members from across the country were already making a difference.

"It's a matter of community investment and not so much you know just us thinking along the lines of just volunteering," said Erin Anderson, an AmeriCorps member from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Anderson and the other volunteers came in town to take part in Rebuilding Together Acadiana, an organization that focuses on repairing and modifying homes to make them safe and comfortable for low income residents.

Jodee Ware, Exec Dir of RTA
"We function doing home modifications so that they can live their life in their home without having to go to nursing homes or other facilities," said the Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Acadiana, Jodee Ware.

This week they are working on six sites in New Iberia. Five homes are getting repairs and renovations, such as wheel chair ramps, new roofs and flooring. And volunteers are deconstructing one home to be salvaged. And they know it's hard labor all day for five days straight.

"At the end of the day you can look around and see all of the things accomplished and that's a nice feeling," said Anderson.

Monday was only the beginning; and it's symbolic because it coincides with Martin Luther King Day.

"He was a community organizer, a community leader who believed in helping everyone," said Hilary Bundy, an AmeriCorps member from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Rebuilding Together Acadiana will be back in the spring with 1,000 volunteers to work on 25 more homes. For information on their services, call (337) 291-9910.



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