Community Outreach at Convergence 2013

Convergence conference attendees have been leaving a lasting impact in the communities we’ve visited for the past four years and we are proud to say that we did it again in New Orleans—where this effort began!

We had both offsite and onsite community outreach opportunities that each offered a chance for Convergence attendees to give back during this year’s Convergence.

Offsite Community Outreach

Volunteers had numerous opportunities to make a difference in a community that continues to rebuild after being devastated by Hurricane Katrina back in 2005. We impacted multiple areas in the Gentilly neighborhood where they are still struggling to come back and they were so thankful for our helping hands.

We thank each and everyone one of you who took the time to join us as we brought hope to these inner city children and families.

Check out this year’s Community Outreach video.

Below is a summary of all we accomplished in just one day:

  • Tree Planting
    • Volunteers planted 160 trees spanning a twenty block radius
  • Fence Building
    • Built one-thousand feet of fencing around an acre lot – the future site of a ball field for neighborhood kids
  • Neighborhood homes
    • Painted one neighborhood home and landscaped 6 residential homes
  • Hope Community Center
    • Built 2 Decks outside the Community Center
    • Painted outside wall of gym
    • Sided one of the outdoor buildings
    • Senior Lounge in Gym – finished dry wall, painted and installed drop ceiling inside and out
    • Stained and sealed stairway to existing computer lab
    • Painted and installed new flooring in boys and girls gym bathrooms
    • Repainted Concession Stand in Gym
    • Food Pantry – painted pantry, plus built and installed new shelves for the pantry which currently serves approximately 100 people per month – and the work done will enable an increase in service – PLUS – the local food bank had quit servicing this pantry because it didn’t meet code – now services will be reinstated
    • Painted all trim and interior doors in the community center gym Painted 3 art murals and one hand print (featuring all of the Convergence Volunteers) throughout the Gym
    • Sponsored 2 frame packages and completed one house for New Orleans Habitat for Humanity

Onsite Community Outreach Opportunities

Some attendees weren’t able to get away from the convention center so instead helped us complete projects for many local organizations that also needed a helping hand.

Monday, March 18th: Baby Shower

  • 500 bags filled with necessities for new moms were delivered to The Birthing Project, a nonprofit that works with young mothers, first offering pre natal care and birthing classes, then support services after the baby is born.

Tuesday, March 19th: Fuel the Future

  • Volunteers packaged 500 packages for the local Fuel the Future program – which delivers packages of food for the weekend for elementary school children who are fed through the Free or Reduced lunch program, but stand the risk of going hungry on the weekends.

Wednesday, March 20th: Hygiene Kits sponsored by WorldVision

  • Packed 500 Hygiene Kits that were distributed to the New Orleans Mission-a local homeless shelter, and to the local Ronald McDonald House.

Thursday, March 21: Hope Community Center Signage

  • Built and painted new signage for the Hope Community Center (where the volunteers worked on Monday for the offsite opportunity).

Thank you again for all of those who helped us make a difference in the New Orleans Community-we appreciate you!

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