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In partnership with the New Orleans chapter of Rebuilding TogetherNRCA's national charitable organization, NRCA and Hanley Wood LLC, Washington, D.C., held their first Community Service Day Feb. 21 during the 2010 International Roofing Expo® in New Orleans. The event was sponsored by Sika Sarnafil, Canton, Mass. Seventy-seven volunteers participated in the event, repairing five homes that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Led by Rebuilding Together New Orleans House Leaders Gabe Sneller and Josh Visnaw, NRCA member and staff volunteers refurbished the exterior of this 65-year-old home of Wilbert Parker in New Orleans' Holly Grove neighborhood. Parker is a 77-year-old former welder. He grew up in the Holly Grove neighborhood where 100 percent of the homes were damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

The volunteers, pictured from left to right, are: (back row) Sneller; Omar Estrada; Jim Eckstein; Rick Chappell; Parker; Visnaw; (middle row) Vicki Eckstein; Bill Good; Vincent McPartland; Will Fort; Fawn Swanburg; Mark Swanburg; Stan Graveline; Kimberly Fort; Laura Good; Bill Godfrey; (front row) Robert Fix.

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