Ideas on assisting in the relief effort without going in person. Much can be done without leaving your house. Give those affected by disaster some hope, and use some of these ideas to help them.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Letter To Involve College Students

You can obviously write this for any of the groups. I happen to have written for the One House project in hopes of getting some very enthusiastic people involved in the relief effort. You can leave my information there, but please take out Shannon's information since that is exclusively for the One House project. I have also made a poster which I can't get to post correctly on the blog. If you'd like it, contact me at the address below. This letter needs to be sent out NOW since the Spring semester will be ending by mid-May.

College Letter on Behalf of One House At A Time


Shannon Erwin 850-835-0067

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing on behalf of Hancock County, MS and the One House At A Time Project in Pearlington, MS.

While Pearlington was hit hardest by hurricane Katrina, the entire county has been devastated, with only 10% of businesses reopened and over 70% of all buildings destroyed.

I am requesting you call or email Shannon Erwin at the Walton County FL Habitat for Humanity to verify their One House At A Time project before you suggest students volunteer 1 or 2 weeks of their summer break to this incredible need.

Room is available with work toward a relief kitchen in Pearlington in order to give both room and board to all volunteers. Tools are also available through an Albany NY Habitat and other NYS Habitats. The goal is to make this as inexpensive as possible for all volunteers so their only expense is travel, which is tax deductible.

You may visit a number of websites to learn more about Pearlington, Hancock County, and the One House project, along with other volunteer agencies assisting in the rebuilding of Hancock County:
http://www.onehouseatatime.com/ - basic information regarding the OHAAT project
http://www.newhopeconstruction.org/ - the company making the housing kits for OHAAT
http://www.katrinanetworking.blogspot.com/ - A blog with many other agencies’ needs and addresses
http://www.baystlouis.us/ - created by a volunteer from VA
www.PatHolt.com/Pearlington - these pictures were taken at the end of February 2006 by a lady from Dutchess County NY.

You may also contact me with any questions or concerns regarding this request. I truly appreciate your time and attention to this very important matter.



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