NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, over 200 volunteers joined Mayor Mitch Landrieu along with City officials, local community organizations, and residents for the seventh NOLA FOR LIFE Day. The event, a component of the Mayor’s NOLA FOR LIFE comprehensive murder reduction strategy, was held at Stallings Gentilly Playground and motivated citizens to join efforts geared toward revitalizing neighborhoods in high crime areas.
Watch Video: Mayor Landrieu welcomes volunteers to NOLA FOR LIFE Day
“Today marks the seventh time that residents, volunteers, and community partners have come together to improve the quality of life for our families and our children through NOLA FOR LIFE Days,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Public safety is our number one priority so we’re staying the course to create safe communities across the city. I’m thankful for everyone who rolled up their sleeves today and helped to make a difference in this community.”
View Pictures: NOLA FOR LIFE Day at Stallings Gentilly
City Council President Stacy Head said, “A comprehensive approach to public safety includes building safe and vibrant communities and engaging with our neighbors. NOLA FOR LIFE days are a vehicle for achieving these goals. I am appreciative of the involvement and work done by the many volunteers who give their time for the sake of our city and I look forward to many more of these productive community events.”
Volunteers canvassed the surrounding area and installed 250 energy efficient light bulbs in 16 homes with Green Light New Orleans, collected 200 pounds of garbage, painted the Stallings Gentilly playground pool house, concession stand, front gate and columns with Rebuilding Together New Orleans, painted eight light poles and built five trashcan holders. Hike for KaTREEna distributed nearly 100 trees. In addition, volunteers donated 10 units of blood at the Blood Center's mobile unit.
NOLA FOR LIFE Day also included a resource fair at the park with representatives from over 20 City and partner agencies available to share and discuss beneficial information with the public. Additional partners included Coca Cola.
In addition to the volunteers’ work, the effort included blight eradication and beautification efforts from City departments including Public Works, Parks & Parkways, Sanitation, New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC), Code Enforcement, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA), the Sewerage & Water Board and the Neighborhood Engagement Office. In all, the City removed debris, including tires, trash and furniture from 10 properties, repaired two damaged fire hydrants and four meter leaks, treated 10 storm drains, grinded five tree stumps, trimmed eight trees, collected litter, mowed six lawns, repaired 555 potholes and 17 sinks, cleaned 64 catch basins, installed 11 new street signs and repaired 13 signs and 38 streetlights.
About NOLA FOR LIFE
Launched in May 2012, NOLA FOR LIFE is New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's comprehensive murder reduction strategy to tackle the city's historically high murder rate. Recognizing that law enforcement alone cannot solve the murder problem, NOLA FOR LIFE takes a holistic approach to get to the root of the problem, and implements initiatives in five main categories: Stop the Shooting, Invest in Prevention, Promote Jobs and Opportunity, Strengthen the NOPD and Get Involved and Rebuild Neighborhoods. For more information, visit www.nolaforlife.org and tune in to NOLA FOR LIFE original programming 24/7 on Cox Cable Channel 99.