In March 2007, the Foundation launched a unique partnership with the New York City District Council of Carpenters (NYCDCC) to initiate the New Orleans Firehouse Restoration Project. Highly skilled union carpenters worked side-by-side with NOFD firefighters and civilians to help restore firehouses devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
Inspired by the passion and commitment of these first volunteers, LFF and NYCDCC expanded the project into an ongoing volunteer program with the ambitious goal of restoring a total of 11 firehouses. This program was developed to bring new manpower to New Orleans, thus making restoration efforts cost-effective as well as meaningful for its volunteer participants, many of whom are local and national union members. Renovations included new electrical work, plumbing, air conditioning, insulation, sheetrock, taping, painting, flooring, ceilings, interior doors, all new fixtures, and moving load-bearing walls.
We are proud to announce that we have reached our goal.