On Saturday, March 25, 22 NACE International members spent the day rebuilding homes in a neighborhood in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans in partnership with the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. Led by the NACECares team—a group of NACE staff members who regularly organize community outreach activities on behalf of the association—the volunteers worked on the interiors and exteriors of new houses being built to enable three families to own their own homes.
After working through rain, sun, rain, then hail, the volunteers went to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore location to assist with unloading a truck of donated furniture and appliances. Restores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers stocked with used and new furniture, appliances, and equipment donated by individuals and businesses. Proceeds of all sales support the organization’s effort to build strength and stability through shelter.
Reflecting on the day, one volunteer, Sean Sciba of Majorpack, Inc. said, “We had a great time for a great cause and even with the bad weather we were still able to do the work and do something for the community.”
Founded in 1976, Habitat for Humanity works in 1,400 communities across the United States and nearly 70 countries and has helped 6.8 million people achieve stability and independence through safe, decent, and affordable shelter. This is done through the hard work and skills of volunteers like those from NACE.
“This is the first time we have worked with Habitat for Humanity as part of our volunteer program for NACE members and staff,” says Alysa Reich, NACE senior manager of public relations. “We plan to continue coordinating future volunteer days in other cities in conjunction with our annual conference."