Kayla McAvoy NOLA Build Trip 2015

Hi my name is Kayla McAvoy and I am majoring in Management Information Systems. Going to New Orleans was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had since being at WPI. I was exposed to working on a build site that will soon benefit multiple families that are in need of a home. As many people probably know, New Orleans was hit very badly by Hurricane Katrina and is still recovering from it. The devastation effected the entire community deeply. People lost everything, which is pretty hard to imagine. There’s really no better feeling than watching the progress of the homes that our group helped and knowing that all of the hard physical work that we put in this passed week are going to help those in need and those who are less fortunate. Over the course of the week, we did a lot of painting, hammering, cutting, and putting up the sides of the houses. Each person was scheduled to work at the Habitat ReStore one time as well. Interestingly enough, the ReStore in New Orleans was a lot bigger than the one we have in Worcester, but has way less volunteers. We performed jobs from hanging clothing to sweeping the floors as well as assisting customers. This trip to New Orleans was an overall great experience and I would definitely go back and do it all over again in a heartbeat.

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