2018 NOLA Foundation launches Tricentennial volunteer challenge: 300,000 Hours for the Next 300

The initiative aims to engage locals and tourists who want to be “In that Number” and show their support for New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS – In conjunction with the upcoming New Orleans Tricentennial, the 2018 NOLA Foundation and its Community Engagement Committee – in partnership with United Way of Southeast Louisiana, HandsOn New Orleans and NetWork Volunteers – is launching the city’s Tricentennial volunteer challenge, 300,000 Hours for the Next 300.

The challenge aims to engage residents and tourists through 300 unique volunteer projects to accumulate 300,000 hours of service over the course of 2018. Projects will focus on addressing issues of equity, resilience and public safety throughout the city.

Event Kickoff will begin on Saturday, January 13, 2018, from 9 a.m. to noon. We will honor the work of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Keller, Edith Stern and countless other civil rights activists by making improvements to Hoffman Prep Head Start, and Sylvanie Williams College Prep.

This event kicks off the year-long calendar of volunteer opportunities that will be available in 2018 at 2018NOLA.com. The public can select from the projects listed and register online to participate. Members of all ages are invited to join in the challenge, as family-friendly projects will be offered throughout the year. The full calendar of events will be available online in the coming weeks. 

The Community Engagement Committee is still accepting submissions for service projects. Interested nonprofits can contact zoe@networknola.org for more information on project specifications and requirements. 

Upon the successful completion of the challenge, 300,000 Hours for the Next 300 is estimated to generate more than $7.2 million in community impact over the course of 2018.

WHEN:

Kickoff Day of Service Event
Saturday, January 13, 2018  |  9 a.m. – noon

WHERE:

Hoffman Prep Head Start
2622 S. Prieur St, New Orleans, LA

SOCIAL:

Hashtag: #United4Nola300

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About the 2018 NOLA Tricentennial
Created by Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu, the 2018 NOLA Foundation is a 501c3 organization that supports the New Orleans Tricentennial. The celebration of the 300th anniversary will mark where New Orleans has been, as well as where the city is going. The Tricentennial will focus on the city’s authenticity and diversity of its people and its culture and tell the story of 300 years of resiliency, economic growth, and prosperity.

About United Way of Southeast Louisiana
For more than 90 years, United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) has been a leader and trusted partner in improving lives and making a lasting difference. We fight to eradicate poverty by preparing people for quality jobs, growing incomes, and affording better health and education opportunities throughout Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington parishes. We have a bold vision of equitable communities where all individuals are healthy, educated, and financially stable – and we have a plan. United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s Blueprint for Prosperity guides all strategic investments in programs, initiatives, collaborations, volunteerism, and advocacy aimed at tackling poverty. For more information, please visit UnitedWaySELA.org. Find us on social: @UnitedWaySELA.

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