Seventeen National Trust for Historic Preservation volunteers were in town this past week to participate in rebuilding efforts in the Broadmoor neighborhood. This was part of the nationwide HGTV/Rebuilding Together events that had kicked off on New Year’s Day at the Rose Bowl. Kevin Mercadel of the field office gave them an overview of our work here in New Orleans and later led a tour of the city for them. On Friday, I met the group in Broadmoor as they were finishing up on N. Tonti Street. Without exception, the volunteers—a mix of all ages and from all parts of the country—were enthusiastic about their experience. I encouraged them to take the message home about what they saw and heard in New Orleans and to come back again as a visitor or volunteer. The next New Orleans volunteer team sponsored by the National Trust is being organized for the week of June 23.
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