Alternative Spring Break 2018 by the Numbers

A look at the numbers for this year’s Alternative Spring Break groups:

At the start of the spring break season, 897 volunteers have signed up to spend their spring break in New Orleans building homes.

Students from 32 schools will be on volunteering on site, working for and with NOAHH’s partner families on sites around the Lower Ninth and New Orleans East.

Students will come from everywhere from New York, California, Ohio, Illinois, Connecticut, and of course, Louisiana, will be on site. In total, 15 states and Washington, DC, will be represented.

As well as students from different states, this year, three countries will be represented: the United States, Canada (with many returning students), and our first student volunteers from Austria!

Nearly a fourth of all student volunteers will be local volunteers this year.

Two-thirds of the schools will be returning partners. Schools like the Dalton School, George Washington University, and Rocky Hill High School have been coming for years and years, some since right after Hurricane Katrina, making the trip an annual tradition that is often part of their service curriculum.

Eight schools are new to volunteering with NOAHH, including Boonschoft School of Medicine from Ohio, Quaker Valley High School from Pennsylvania, and Southern Methodist University from Texas. NOAHH welcomes these new student groups to our volunteer family!

Students from Haldane Central High in New York, St. Joseph’s Academy in Missouri, and Kennedy Catholic High School in Washington will be among the 11 high school groups joining NOAHH this year.

The 21 colleges and universities joining NOAHH this year include many new and returning schools, including Boston College, Northwestern University, and Tulane University.

In total, spring break volunteers will work 21544 hours on site or in the ReStore. That’s 2.5 years straight of work.