Getting ready to go to NOLA

I’ll be leaving for the New Orleans trip day after tomorrow. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ll be going with 14 people from the First Draft community. We’ll be volunteering for ACORN, gutting a house on Saturday. ACORN’s Home Clean Out program has cleaned and gutted more than 1,900 properties since December, helping low and moderate-income homeowners start to reclaim and rebuild their homes. By offering this service free of charge, ACORN saves these homeowners about $4000 each. Click here to see a map of homes gutted by the program. Note the volume of houses in the Lower 9th Ward area. If you’re looking for a way to help out New Orleans’ residents by volunteering or donating, ACORN’s doing some great work, and unfortunately, there is still much to be done.

While there, the First Draft Krewe will also be mixing it up with some New Orleans bloggers. Scout’s built a great New Orleans blogroll over at First Draft. These folks have been working hard since Katrina, building community and getting the word out about what’s happening on the ground in NOLA. Give ’em a visit.

Legendary New Orleans clarinetist George Lewis takes us out with Burgundy Street Blues:

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