Liferay is dedicated to supporting local charities across the United States who are making tangible positive differences in the lives of countless people. Every year, Liferay Symposium North America (LSNA) provides a chance for us to spotlight charities operating in the city where the event is being held and support their efforts by encouraging attendees to participate. Past spotlighted charities have included Austin Angels and Rahab’s Daughters.
This year’s LSNA off-site charity activity will support Rebuilding Together New Orleans (RTNO).
RTNO is a local affiliate of a national nonprofit organization, Rebuilding Together, which has restored and revitalized more than 100,000 homes over the past 19 years. With all work done at little to no cost to the homeowner and utilizing predominantly volunteer labor, Rebuilding Together allows low-income families in communities across the country to live in warmth, safety and dignity.
Liferay Symposium North America 2018’s charity activity will have participants work with RTNO to rebuild storm-damaged homes. The mission of RTNO is to facilitate a continuing volunteer effort to improve the quality of life of low income homeowners, particularly those who are elderly, disabled, veterans or single head of households with minor children, through home repair and revitalization of New Orleans’ neighborhoods. Liferay has previously teamed with RTNO’s rebuilding efforts, with volunteers working in the city in June 2011.
RTNO is working to bring homeowners displaced by Hurricane Katrina and other storms back to their former homes, as well as provide a model for restoring and preserving New Orleans’ historic neighborhoods. In doing so, the organization is helping to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities by providing free home modifications and repairs that make homes safer, more accessible and more energy efficient.
Give One Life to Change One Life
By volunteering for just a few hours, participants can be part of rebuilding homes of those who were impacted by, and are still feeling the effects of, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and contribute to relief efforts. Approximately 80% of New Orleans was flooded from more than 50 levee failures and breaches caused by Hurricane Katrina. In the aftermath, approximately 1/3 of elderly homeowners reported contractor fraud when trying to rebuild their homes.
The goal of RTNO is to help renovate and repair houses for low-income homeowners, such as the elderly, disabled and veterans, in an effort to help them regain their independence.
Liferay volunteers will participate in RTNO’s October Build. “Since 1988, October Build has renovated over 1,500 houses for low-income homeowners with a focus on the elderly, disabled and veterans – provided at no cost to the homeowners by utilizing volunteer labor provided by our incredibly generous sponsors.”
The Liferay Foundation will be covering all on-site costs associated with the effort and volunteers will be divided into groups of 25-30 per site for safety and workload reasons. Volunteering plans will be made two weeks in advance and participants will be provided with homeowner background and history, as well as general task details.
The team at Liferay Symposium North America 2018 looks forward to making a positive difference in the lives of New Orleans residents with you this October!