In New Orleans, you’ll work with organizations such as Green Light New Orleans, which arranges for low and middle income families to have their standard light bulbs replaced by CFL’s in order to lower the area’s carbon footprint and lower costs. You’ll also work in the Lower Ninth Ward with Sustain the Nine and the Lower Ninth Ward Village, where projects include resident support and aid (clearing out overgrown lots and yards, moving furniture, painting, etc). With another partner organization, Apostolic Outreach Center, you’ll help maintain and improve a community garden, which provides fresh and local produce for the members of the congregation, as well as throw a festive holiday party and gift giveaway for children of the congregation, ages 8-13. On Christmas, you will visit and bring holiday joy to elderly centers, food pantries and patient wards of hospitals.
On AWB LA we take a close look at the problem of homelessness as we explore some of it's root causes and the different forms it takes. We'll be volunteering with P.A.T.H. (People Assisting the Homeless) at their Hollywood and Los Angeles shelters where we'll get to know their 130+ residents by making them meals and spending time together on consecutive days. We'll be decorating and sponsoring a holiday party for the shelter residents, allowing them to participate in the warmness of the holidays. We'll also be volunteering at Midnight Mission, an organization that serves over 1,000 homeless people daily. Here, you'll have an opportunity to help serve lunch, while also immersing yourself in a truly unique experience at one of the largest homeless communities in America. Homelessness and poverty can be brought on by many things and result in many disadvantages. On AWB we'll be volunteering with trauma victims who suffer from homelessness and poverty, and we'll also be doing food justice work, providing healthier, more affordable options to low income communities.