NEW ORLEANS, LA-- Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced plans for the first “NOLA For Life Volunteer Day,” inviting all local citizens to join him in this effort to revitalize Taylor Park and Hardin Playground and their surrounding neighborhood. The first NOLA FOR LIFE Volunteer Day is slated for Saturday, July 14, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and is being coordinated through ServeNOLA, the Mayor’s service and volunteerism initiative.
“When I introduced NOLA FOR LIFE: A Comprehensive Murder Reduction Strategy as our plan to improve public safety in our city, I stressed the fact that law enforcement cannot solve the murder problem alone, and that we needed to get to the root of our murder problem,” said Mayor Landrieu. “Part of that initiative is asking residents citywide to get involved and help rebuild neighborhoods. This volunteer effort is one step in that direction, and certainly a way that citizens can answer the call to help make a difference.”
The two neighborhoods selected for the July 14 event are:
Taylor Playground/Hoffman Triangle: border streets to include Washington Avenue, Galvez, Jackson Avenue and S. Claiborne Avenue;
Hardin Playground: border streets to include New Orleans, N. Tonti, Touro and Duels Streets.
Volunteer activities will include improvements to both playgrounds, and neighborhood beautification along the surrounding streets within the designated borders. Volunteers are advised to dress for the weather and to wear close-toed shoes. Supplies will be provided, as will refreshments.
In addition to volunteers, the effort will include blight eradication and beautification efforts from City departments and agencies including Code Enforcement & Hearings Bureau, NOPD (Quality of Life officers), Sanitation, NORD, Public Works, Parks & Parkways, Sheriff’s Office, Office of Neighborhood Engagement and Mosquito, Rodent & Termite Control Board. The City will repair street lights, replace missing street signs, remove abandoned cars, cut overgrown lots, and perform code enforcement and ABO sweeps.
In advance of July 14, the Department of Public Works has canvassed these areas to identify and repair non-working street lights, as well-lit streets are a deterrent to criminal behavior. Missing street signs, abandoned cars, overgrown lots and other nuisances have been identified.
Partnering with the City of New Orleans in this effort are Rebuilding Together New Orleans, Hands On New Orleans, the Young Leadership Council and Rouse’s.
Representatives from the Department of Health will be on-site sharing important information on healthy lifestyle choices. The Office of Economic Development and JOB1 will provide information on job opportunities. The Department of Homeland Security will offer information on getting ready for hurricanes and emergency preparedness. The Mosquito, Rodent and Termite Control Board will share important information combating rodents and mosquitoes, particularly given the increased health risk brought on by a heavier mosquito population. Crimestoppers will offer tips on crime prevention and how their program works.
“Many people have asked what they can do to help curb the unnatural level of violence in our City, and helping our fellow citizens reclaim their neighborhoods, particularly those that live in high crime areas, is just one way to take part,” said Mayor Landrieu. “Their problem is everyone’s problem, and we must show each other that we care and that we will reclaim our entire city from those who continue to choose crime instead of making good choices. I am asking again for the people of New Orleans to get involved and take a stand with NOLA FOR LIFE.”
Those interested in joining in the effort can sign-up at www.nola.gov/nolaforlife.