When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, images of the devastation flashed across every television screen in the United States. Those haunting images inspired thousands of people to volunteer, rebuilding homes, handing out hot meals or assisting with rescued pets.
Though it’s been nine years since the storm roared ashore, a host of non-profits are still hard at work rebuilding. Homes are still being rebuilt and the focus has expanded to include coastal restoration too. Other projects are available, too, like building playgrounds or beautifying blighted neighborhoods.
The top organizations to work with include:
Common Ground Relief: Projects include building new homes in low-income areas and wetlands restoration efforts.
Habitat for Humanity: Assist with various stages of the home-building process, from framing to painting.
Rebuilding Together New Orleans: Focuses on making existing homes safer and more accessible for the elderly and disabled.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana: Help package and deliver or serve meals to low-income citizens.
St. Bernard Project: Focusing on hard-hit St. Bernard Parish, this non-profit builds homes for those affected by the hurricane.
Youth Rebuilding New Orleans: Groups and individuals can help rebuild blighted, foreclosed and flood-damaged homes.
Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program: Get your hands dirty with projects like planting marsh grass and cleaning up the coast.
For more opportunities, visit the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau website.
In the loud, busy and often overwhelming medina of Marrakesh, it can be difficult to find a tiny sliver of solace in which to rest after spending hours negotiating for the best market prices. But one riad truly exemplifies the characteristic of “tucked away,” as it’s located a few connected alleyways from the noise and congestion.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
The summer of 2019 will be filled with blockbuster hits. There are some recognizable brands that will perform well and some newcomers that might take the box office by surprise. The season is already starting strong with Marvel Studios finally releasing Avengers Endgame. This massive movie set box office records that likely won’t be touched for years. The film brings an end to the series and fans are not going to wait until it’s available on DVD. Endgame is going to jumpstart the season by bringing people to the movies and reminding them why it’s worth spending money to see a movie in theaters versus at home.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
North America offers many scenic and historic train rides. These train rides delight and inspire travelers because it gives them a new way to experience the world. Thousands of people take these trains every year and this type of travel is only gaining more followers. The North American train system is still years behind European and Asian countries, but they get the job done. Taking a train is also a great way to add an extra adventure to a trip or destination. It’s not just going from one place to another but getting to view everything in between as well.