We love getting the word out about all the good works our volunteers are doing around New Orleans!  

RHINOs hit Rockport-Fulton, explain work in New Orleans

Rhinos-on-river-300px“A near-term Recovery Action Plan for Economic Development, broken down into five areas – tourism marketing, business tool kit and outreach, VolunTOURism, downtown Rockport, and downtown Fulton is being acted upon.

The VolunTOURism team was introduced to two RHINOs Monday, March 12.”

Read more at RockportPilot.com

RHINO’s new mascot ‘Beignet Du Monde’ attracts volunteers to New Orleans

beignetdumonde“To rebuild hope, sometimes you have to start small. Meet Beignet Du Monde, the miniature mascot of non-profit group Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans (RHINO).

“What we do at RHINO is take volunteers from out-of-town and we match them with community service needs in New Orleans. He came down with a group from Laurel, Maryland out of Laurel Presbyterian Church. They brought him down and started taking him around to all the work sites they were working on so he’s been to Second Harvest, Habitat, the St. Bernard Project…”

Read more at WGNO.com

New Orleans a mecca for ‘voluntourism’

voluntourism“After Hurricane Katrina, volunteers arrived in New Orleans in droves to help fix the city. People from across the globe came ready to gut, clear debris, hang drywall, drain sludge-filled pools.

Nine years later, they still come. Now, with the obvious post-Katrina issues mostly under control, they are finding new problems to address, new causes to embrace, new people to help. And in their off hours, they’re having a great time in the city.”

Read more at  Via NolaVie

Voices On Violence: A Pastor Stresses Community


“Who: Don Frampton has been senior pastor of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church for the past 19 years. After Hurricane Katrina, his church created Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans (RHINO), which has brought more than 6,000 volunteers to New Orleans and built 29 homes through Habitat for Humanity.”

Read more at WWNO.org

Katrina-inspired summer camp focuses on hope

Photo by Lauren Plummer

“It’s not your usual summer camp.

For the 50-plus young volunteers from across the country attending last week’s session of Camp RHINO, the only athletic program involved stooping to weed crops at the Edible School Yard, and the nearest thing to arts and crafts consisted of painting walls at Eden House. In between they stocked food bank shelves and worked with mentally challenged adults.”

Read more at Via Nola Vie

New homes rebuild hope for two families in N.O.

Ferry Place Celebration 006“Carolyn Horne cried when she walked into her new three-bedroom, two-bath, camelback-style home. In another camelback next door, Jenika Sly took a deep breath and smiled.

The two neighbors on Ferry Place, a one-way street in the Leonidas/West Carrollton neighborhood, took another step toward homeownership during a dedication ceremony Sunday. New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans, an outreach ministry of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church and its partners, welcomed the families into their new homes. The two camelback homes are part of a larger plan to build 14 houses on Ferry Place.”

Read more at Nola.com