This is a fundraising appeal to help send students to New Orleans this May to take part in rebuilding work. They will be rebuilding housing and replanting wetlands as well as other community participation initiatives.
Donations over $20 that require a receipt should be made out to Ryerson University. Donations that don’t require a receipt and under $20 also welcomed. You can also make a donation via PayPal using Visa or Mastercard – firstname.lastname@example.org (If you need my mailing address for a cheque, let me know).
For my American Friends – you can donate directly to the organization on our behalf and get a tax receipt https://www.networkforgood.org/donation/MakeDonation.aspx?ORGID2=262189665 and put Ryerson University in the designation or dedication lines. This will go to their expenses but without funds there would be nothing for us to do when there
This trip is part of a course that I teach at Ryerson (co-teaching (now yay!) with Pascal Murphy). We are taking two groups of students – 20 in each class – for two weeks each. Just to give you an interesting breakdown of numbers:
* there are 5 York students, 34 Ryerson students (including continuing education) and 1 non-student.
* there are 4 male students and 36 female students (grl power!!)
* just over 1/2 have taken or are taking the homelessness course
* almost 2/3rds are students of colour (despite the racial make-up of New Orleans this is rare for volunteers).
Bios for students are on our blog at http://toronto2nola.wordpress.com as well as info about our experience last year!
Students are available to do a presentation after the trip in the GTA area. I am able, with past students, to do a presentation before the trip if you have a potential fundraising opportunity.
There is also a video made by some of last year’s students (about thirty minutes in length total) available at:
Part 1 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF2w3ZkhLZE
PS Tweeters and bloggers – please spread the word!!