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Community Service Days

Sunday, April 26

Community Service Project: St. Bernard Project
8:00 am — 3:00 pm

Join RIMS and Zurich as we spend the day volunteering with the St. Bernard Project.
St. Bernard Project (SBP) is a national long-term disaster recovery organization whose mission is to ensure that communities at risk of, or impacted by, disasters have the resources to prepare and recover in the most prompt, efficient and predictable way possible. SBP was founded in 2006 by Liz McCartney and Zack Rosenburg, a teacher and lawyer, respectively, from Washington, D.C., after they saw the tremendous needs, yet solvable problems in the New Orleans region. Through Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lab (DRRL), SBP works to share lessons learned, prevent common barriers to recovery and help communities utilize SBP’s standardized, repeatable and proven-effective model. We’ll spend the day helping build new homes, include hanging insulation or drywall, mudding/spackling, sanding, texturing, priming, painting, laying floors, and/or hanging trim, doors and baseboard.

When: Sunday, April 26 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm*

*8:00 am Event Kick-Off: Welcome and Breakfast at New Orleans Morial Convention Center
9:00 am Volunteers will be transported to work-sites
Date is firm, but timeline is subject to change.

Where: Volunteers will be working at various sites in New Orleans

If you are unable to volunteer, but still want to help OR if you plan on volunteering and would like to learn more ways to provide support, email us for information.



Tuesday, April 28

Community Service Project: Blessings in a Backpack
10:00 am — 2:00 pm

Join RIMS and Zurich for RIMS 2015 Community Service Project in the Exhibit Hall at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. RIMS '15 attendees and Zurich constituents will volunteer their time to assist Blessings in a Backpack with their mission guided by the belief that our social and economic future depends on the quality of a young child's experiences. Blessings in a Backpack provides elementary school children who are on the federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program with a backpack of food to take home for 38 weekends during the school year. Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat foods, like granola bars, juice boxes, mac and cheese, and oatmeal. Volunteers will put together backpacks that will be donated to local elementary schools.