AWB Blast from the Past – AWB New Orleans 2012

My name is Eddie and this is my third AWB to New Orleans. Today we visited Apostolic Outreach Center to help with the community garden. We started the day by turning up topsoil in the flowerbeds and compost piles. We then went inside to hear from Master Gardener, Debera Surtain. She told us the story behind the garden and her …


How Others Live – Jessica Meyers

Today was very eye-opening. It made me actually think hard about how others live and how good I have it. Today we went to help out at the Alexandra House and I was in charge of helping organize the thrift sale. I also had a great time with the kids! They were so happy and I don’t think they had …


A Whole New Perspective – Hannah Baron

Today, we went to The Alexandria House, where victims of domestic abuse stay while they get their lives back on track. I helped take down Christmas decorations and play with the little kids that lived there. Each one of those kids had such a distinct, unique personality, and I couldn’t help but wonder what had happened to them to make …


My Most Impactful Day – Shelby Scheck

Today (Thursday) was probably the most impactful day of this service trip. So far as a group, we have observed and learned about homelessness, community, and environmental importance. Today we were exposed to the consequences of domestic violence. However, these consequences seemed nothing like consequences. I personally played with 4-11 year olds for the majority of the day and I …


Many Doing the Work of the Few – Zander Winston

Today when we visited the Alexandria house we started our visit by speaking with the founder of Alexandria house which not only provides temporary housing for abused and homeless women and their children. The center, which is located  in the middle of a residential neighborhood consists of two houses. These two houses also serve  as a community center for the …


Futures in Service: Staff Reflection – Ariel Glueck

I didn’t start reading the news until I was twenty years old. I’m studying educational policy at Hunter college and I want to change the world. I have always wanted to change the world. But when I was a high-schooler I was focused on the immediate, on grades and drama and how I would get out of my small town. …


Blast From the Past – AWB 2012

Today was the perfect day to dedicate to those who could not share it with their families. The teens of AWB had been split up and assigned to either one of two old-age homes or work at a homeless shelter. My first request was the soup kitchen, and it was granted. Upon arrival, grateful nuns welcomed us, thanked us for …


Not Only for the Kids: Staff Reflection – Miriam Chesterman

Last spring, I had a chance to visit New Orleans for the first time, and I loved it. This time,  was my first opportunity to staff Alternative Winter Break through YJ, and I  jumped at the opportunity. Today was our last day of volunteering and we spent it with Green Light New Orleans. We spent the first half of the day …


Carrots, Turnips, and Kale… Oh My – Jonathan Gotian

Today we went to volunteer at Green Light New Orleans. Green Light is a organization that tries to make New Orleans more energy efficient and eco friendly. In the morning, we planted a garden at a lady’s house so she could grow healthy food in her own home such as carrots, turnips and kale instead of relying on other sources …


People Need Soil – Alexandra Lewinbuk

Today I volunteered with Green Light.  It was fun. People were happy. This little kid loved to pick up the buckets. We had a blast. I love AWB!!! We delivered soil. We made soil runs. People need soil. People need light. We were helping the earth. The people were visiting were happy. I am gonna order crepes tonight and have …





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