Tick, Tock…

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Only 29 more days until we leave for New Orleans.

With school almost out for the summer, plans for the trip to NOLA are underway. The simple part of planning the trip will be our time spent at LowerNine. They will have plenty of things to keep us busy the three days we are with them.

It’s the other details, like food and activities, that we are starting to think about. One restaurant we will for sure hit is Café du Monde, and hopefully more than once. New Orleans has tons of great places to eat. If there are any places you have been to and enjoyed, please feel free to let me know.

After working at LowerNine each day, we are looking forward to exploring the city in the evening. Ideas that we have come up with are going on a ghost tour, shopping in Jackson Square, river boat cruise, visit City Park, or the French Market. Please let me know if you have any other suggestions of fun things to do while we are there.

Many thanks for the continued support and donations that I have received recently. Your thoughtfulness means a lot to me and this project.

The countdown is on!

Meredith

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Taking Over the Blog for Today

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Hello, Meredith’s parents here!

Last summer, our daughter Meredith had the fortunate opportunity to serve the LowerNine organization during her mission trip with Custer Road United Methodist Church.

The Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, Louisiana, was one of the hardest hit areas by Hurricane Katrina. Over 10 years later, there are still families without a home and lots of work to be done. The mission group was able to help a couple get that much closer to moving into their home that was destroyed 10 years earlier. She knew she wanted to help again.

Meredith will be completing her Girl Scout Gold Award this summer. She will be collecting much needed supplies and take a small group of volunteers to New Orleans in June to assist LowerNine. The focus will be updating the LowerNine facility and rebuilding homes of individuals who lost everything after Hurricane Katrina.

We will serve as the leaders and chaperones of the trip. Due to IRS ad Girl Scout Guidelines, we must be the ones who ask for donations. For this project, we are seeking Visa and Home Depot gift cards or monetary donations in any amount that you are able to give. This will allow her group to purchase the supplies and complete the projects as assigned by LowerNine.

Please feel free to contact Meredith if you have any questions. She can be reached at meredith.clem@gmail.com. All items must be collected by Friday, June 10, 2016.

We are beyond proud of Meredith and her giving heart to help others. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Brad and Amy Clements

Getting to Know LowerNine

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Before Katrina, the Lower Ninth Ward was a neighborhood full of life, sense of community, and the spirit of New Orleans. The neighborhood was prosperous and made up of primarily lower to middle class homeowners.

Floodwaters from the levee breach opened up into a 1000 foot gap, leaving 100% of the homes in the neighborhood unlivable.

With the help of over 8000 volunteers, LowerNine has been able to fully repair 75 homes and complete smaller repair and renovation projects on more than 100 homes.  They have been able to bring home more Lower Ninth Ward residents than any other organization. There are still plenty of homes to be repaired or renovated.

Many of you have been asking how you can help. Due to IRS and Girl Scout Guidelines, I cannot ask for donations. My parents have to be the ones who ask for all donations. Please keep an eye out for additional posts and communication from my parents on ways to donate. In the meantime, please feel free to share my blog to let other people know about LowerNine and all the good things they are doing.

Thank you to all who have visited and read my blog. Last week, I was jazzed to see that someone from France visited my page. That just goes to show you how far reaching the LowerNine mission goes.

Mèsi! (Thank you!)

Meredith

Off to a Great Start!

FullSizeRender.jpgAt my sister’s birthday party recently, in lieu of gifts, she asked her friends if they would support my Gold Award project. They came through in a big way! They provided Home Depot and other gift cards that will allow us to purchase supplies to repair/refinish the fence at LowerNine. I’m so thankful for their generosity! And I’m very thankful for my sister and her kind gesture! This is the third time in recent years that she has opted to not receive birthday gifts and instead support a non-profit organization.

Meredith

Ready, Set, Blog

DSCF0506.JPGHello!

Last summer I had the fortunate opportunity to serve the LowerNine organization during my church mission trip.

The Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, Louisiana, was one of the hardest hit places by Hurricane Katrina. Over ten years later there are still families without a home and lots of work to be done. It was my time spent with LowerNine that moved me. We were able to help a couple get that much closer to moving into their home that was destroyed ten years earlier. I knew I wanted to help again.

For my Girl Scout Gold Award, I am collecting much needed supplies and taking a group of people to New Orleans this summer to assist LowerNine. Our focus will be updating the LowerNine facility and rebuilding homes of individuals who lost everything after Hurricane Katrina.

I’m excited about this project and more importantly serving the LowerNine organization.

Thank you for visiting my page!

Meredith