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Conference delegates can give back to the citizens of New Orleans.

Registration slots are still available for all four of the community service projects during the upcoming Congress of Cities in New Orleans.

The four community service projects offer opportunities for delegates to give something back to the citizens of New Orleans during the four-day convention later this month.

Congress of Cities delegates will build affordable housing; paint and spruce up a neighborhood center; and build a playground at a community park that was particularly hard hit by Hurricane Katrina.

The specifics of the painting project have changed slightly because of an immediate need at a facility that is very close to the convention center. Working with Hands On New Orleans, delegates will paint all facilities in the Treme Center--the cultural hub of the area.

The majority of the painting work will be inside, but there will be some opportunity for external painting as well. Treme is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city and an important center of the city's African-American culture.

The Treme Center painting project will be carried out on Thursday, November 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Two time slots will be offered for affordable housing work in partnership with Habitat for Humanity--one on Wednesday, November 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and another on Thursday, November 15, from noon to 3 p.m. The playground build, in partnership with KaBOOM! and the City of New Orleans, will be held Friday, November 16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ARAMARK Corporation, a national caterer that provides all food services at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, will sponsor refreshments for the four community service projects.

Work slots are limited for the events, and pre-registration on the NLC website at is required. In order to maximize the results from the community service work, delegates are asked to commit to working the entire time period, rather than in shifts. Only one training period will be offered at the beginning of the community service day.

Bus service will be provided to and from the site for all volunteers. There will be a community service information booth in the registration area at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

"I urge delegates to find time in their busy schedules to participate in these important community service events that will ensure that the citizens benefit from NLC's presence in their city," said NLC Executive Director Donald J. Borut. "We appreciate the support of all of our partners in helping to make these events possible during the upcoming conference."

Visit the NLC website at to join this important effort during the Congress of Cities.
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Author:Becker, Christine
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
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Date:Nov 5, 2007
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