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UL team

Every year, Rebuilding Together Acadiana teams up with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette AmeriCorps members to provide critical services across Acadiana. Since the beginning of September we have already completed the construction of two wheelchair ramps as a part of our Ramps&Rails program. UL AmeriCorps members will assist us in a broad range of projects throughout their service terms, but they truly make up the back bone of our Ramps&Rails team. We look forward to being a host site for members every year, and UL members bring a fresh perspective and vitality each day they serve on our sites. Over the upcoming Fall semester, we will host seven UL AmeriCorps members.

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This Semester has been a good one. We built 8 ramps with the help of some local volunteers and University of Louisiana Lafayette AmeriCorps members. The semester also brought along the end of Brooks Carroll’s term of service with Rebuilding Together Acadiana. We will miss everyone¬†that we’ve had to say goodbye to, but are very thankful for the time we’ve shared with them!!!

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As I suspect most of y’all know, our Ramps and Rails program is a hallmark of Rebuilding Together Acadiana. ¬†Through a partnership with the University of Louisiana Lafayette’s AmeriCorps program, we are able to build a ramp a week during the fall and spring semesters.

Our crew members this semester have already proven themselves incredibly dedicated and awesome people!  They have already finished two ramps and will be doing another this week.

Thanks for all your hard work guys, looking forward to the rest of the semester!


Weds Crew

Eric, Brittany and Christina bright eyed and ready to work.


Aimee, Arnelle, and Nia (and the ladies of RTA) with their first completed ramp!

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So, as y’all probably know, our Ramps and Rails program is a big part of what we do here at Rebuilding Together Acadiana. ¬†Our partnership with the University of Louisiana Lafayette AmeriCorps program has enabled us to build an average of 7 wheelchair ramps for homeowners in Acadiana every semester.

But sometimes we get a crew willing to work during the summer gap. ¬†And sometimes, that crew is our amazing intern Adrianna, a visiting CapacityCorps member from Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh (hi, Alison!) and our own CapCorps alum, Erika. ¬†These gals came together to build a ramp for Ms. Brenda at the beginning of July (apparently, they aren’t scared of the heat!)

This particular ramp might have also been built on the last two days of CapacityCorps service of one Ms. Julia Judge, so it was extra special.

Hope y’all are having a great summer, we sure are!

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Building ramps. Repairing homes. Face-to-face interactions with community members (read: adorable grandparents). Directly serving the community.

This is just a taste of what AmeriCorps members get to at Rebuilding Together Acadiana. They’re¬†in charge of the Ramps and Rails Program, leading college students in building¬†wheelchair ramps for disabled homeowners. They get to make home visits to homeowners to plan repair projects. Moreover, they participate in and sometimes lead those projects. Previous construction experience is not required – most of the previous members had very little – but you will definitely come out with a great skill set. You’ll learn volunteer organization and management, community outreach, and so much more.

The position starts in August 2014 and goes until July 2015. If this sounds like something you’re interested in,¬†visit¬†here¬†for an application and position description.¬†You¬†can also¬†email¬†Julia, a current AmeriCorps member, with any and all questions regarding the position.


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RTA got a new group of AmeriCorps members from UL this fall semester. The seven of them have been a great addition to our team – they bring tons of energy and hard work to site. With only two weeks under their belt, the UL AmeriCorps members have already made a huge impact. So far, we’ve spent time at the two houses we’re rehabilitating (Madison & Texas) and we’ve managed to complete virtually all of the final caulking and painting!

Right now we’re looking to start up our Ramps & Rails program with them, so hopefully soon there will be some local homeowners with brand new wheelchair ramps.

Also! We’re having a build week from October 21st-28th, ¬†so come on out and volunteer ūüôā

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Here at  Rebuilding Together Acadiana, we  welcomed a new AmeriCorps member to our team in August. George Arceneaux IV will be serving with us for a year in the CapacityCorps program,
a partnership between AmeriCorps and Rebuilding Together that places national service members in RT affiliates all around the country to help with their programs and expand their services to reach additional homeowners.

RTA has hosted CapacityCorps members since 2009, but George is the first Acadiana-native to join the ranks. He recently graduated from St. Olaf College, in Minnesota, but returned to Lafayette to join AmeriCorps and give back to the community that raised him. (more…)

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