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Students at Notre Dame College Prep in Niles, Illinois are raising money for their 2011 New Orleans Service Immersion Trip.

Over five years ago, Hurricane Katrina roared onto the U.S. Gulf Coast, launching a chain of natural and man-made catastrophes that killed more than 1,800 people and did $135 billion in property damages in the City of New Orleans. More than 1 million people were displaced from their homes and livelihoods. Even prior to Katrina, New Orleans has had a culture like no other place in America. It is the home of Mardi Gras and Louie Armstrong; it has food that is legendary, music that is amazing, and great jazz that is being played on almost every corner. New Orleans has heart and people who are open, funny, warm, and expressive. The volunteers for the Katrina recovery effort, whether from out-of-state or across the world, are made to feel welcome, but the sad truth is that, years after Katrina, New Orleans remains in deep trouble and volunteers are still needed to aid in the recovery efforts.

From May 29 through June 6, 2011, twenty-eight students from Notre Dame will travel to New Orleans for the fifth year in a row to help families rebuild their homes which were damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. They will be working with Habitat for Humanity, the largest home builder in the area since the devastating hurricanes and subsequent flooding. Much of their work will take place in Musicians’ Village, one of the hardest hit neighborhoods in New Orleans' Upper Ninth Ward.

In order to make this Service Immersion Trip a reality, your financial support is needed. Each student is responsible for covering the cost of his service experience, almost $600 per person. In today’s current economy, this fundraising task is a daunting one. We still trust, however, that people will respond both enthusiastically and generously. Anything you can give, regardless of the amount, to subsidize the cost of this experience will be greatly appreciated. If a contribution is not possible at this time, please consider lending your prayerful support. More than anything, your prayers will ensure a safe and successful trip for our students.

Thank you for your thoughtfulness in considering our request to support Notre Dame College Prep's New Orleans Service Immersion Trip. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at rbalentine@nddons.org or 847-779-8644.
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