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 New Orleans Habitat for Humanity

Jan 6 - 14, 2007

UMD will be part of 1,000 volunteers and students, the largest group ever at the New Orleans Habitat site.

Student members of Phi Sigma Sigma, UMD's sorority dedicated to lifelong learning and making a difference in the lives of others, and other UMD students are going to New Orleans. The group is going to build several new houses in the Muscians Village with Habitat for Humanity. The group will work on the construction site from about 8 am to 5 pm, Mon-Fri and will stay at Camp Hope, a former Elementary School in New Orleans. They will sleep on cots. Meals will be provided in the dining hall and there is a separate building equipped with showers. About 40 students, staff, and families are going and the total cost for this trip is approx. $400 each or $16,000. The motor coach is the most expensive part at $9,000 for nine days. The group will also contribute $6,000 to the New Orleans Habitat project for food, lodging and to purchase materials. The group is actively fundraising to help defray the cost per student.

Trip Specifics

Cost: Transportation – Motor Coach: $225 per person if 40 people participate
Habitat for Humanity Site Fee: $150
Insurance Payment: $15
Suggested Meal Cost: $60
TOTAL: $450 per person

The motor coach will consist of two drivers who will drive non-stop to New Orleans. They will stay in the area and take the group to the site each day and on occasional side trips.

Dates: Sat. Jan 6 – 9 am Leave Duluth, 11:30 am pick up at Metrodome, MPLS
Sun. Jan 7 – Arrive in New Orleans
Mon. Jan 8 – Friday Jan. 12 – Work in New Orleans
Sat. Jan 13 – Leave New Orleans
Sun. Jan 14 – Arrive in Duluth

Contact Information:
Habitat Website:
Rachel King –, 612-703-3920
Alyssa DeHate (Fundraising) –
Cheryl Reitan (Staff organizer) –, 218-726-8996


Cash donations are still needed. For more information on making a donation, contact Cheryl Reitan,, 218-726-8996. Checks can be made to Phi Sigma Sigma. Send to Phi Sigma Sigma, UMD Student Organizations, Kirby Student Center 115, 1120 Kirby Drive, Duluth, MN 55812-3085. Donations to Phi Sigma Sigma are tax deductible. Please indicate if you need a receipt.

THANK YOU TO DEAL OR NO DEAL (Mon, Nov 13) donors: Bennett's Restaurant, Blackwoods Restaurant, EconoLodge, Festival Foods, Grandma's Restaurants, Great Clips, India Palace, Mt. Royal Fine Foods, Northern Shores Coffee Shop, Outback Restaurant, Perkins, Radisson Top of the Harbor Restaurant, UMD Stores, and the rest of the great business who have donated auction items! Special thanks to the Olive Garden, Daddios Pizza, Pizza Luce, and Bulldog Pizza. The night's band was "Derick, I like Red," and they were GREAT!

THANK YOU to the celebrities who donated a lunch to the highest bidder at the Friday, Nov 17 auction: Duluth Mayor Herb Bergson, Duluth News Tribune Editor Robin Washington, UMD Vice Chancellor Greg Fox, UMD Vice Chancellor Bill Wade, UMD SFA Dean Jack Bowman, UMD CLA Dean Linda Krug, UMD CSE Dean James P. Riehl, and UMD ITSS Director Linda Deneen.

Thanks to the Friday, Nov 17 auction donors: Joie Acheson, Baja Tanning, BAM Hair Salon, Blackwoods Restaurant, Bridgeman's Restaurant, CEC Theatres, Continental Ski Shop, Dairy Queen, EconoLodge, Edgewater Resort and Waterpark, Famous Dave's Barbeque, Grandma's Restaurants, Great Clips, Brett Groehler, Ground Round, La Rose Greenhouse, Northern Shores Coffee Shop, Old Chicago Pizza, Omnimax Theatre, Perkins, Red Lobster, Regis Salon, Neale Roth, Starbucks Coffee, Stacey’s Healing Touch, Kay Smith Massage, Sunbear Spa and Salon, Sunset Grill, TCF Bank, Twin Ports Cyclery, the UMD Print Shop, UMD Stores, University Service Car Wash, Vista Fleet, and the rest of the great business who have donated auction items! Also thanks to the students who donated babysitting, shoveling, pet walking. Special thanks to the Olive Garden, and Taste of Italia Pizza. Special thanks to auctioneer Skeeter Moore, UMD Athletics. Thank you to the wonderful auction organizers: Charlene Brown, Mary Anne Carlson, Tali Lee, and Gail Trygstad.We lost the name of the person who donated the beautiful Terry Redlin painting and we want to thank her! If you know, contact Cheryl at 726-8996

More Thank Yous: International Student Club, The Social Work Department, Diane Skomars & Max Morath, Charlie Glazman, Patty Delano.

UMD home page editor, Cheryl Reitan,
NEW RELEASES, UMD media contact, Susan Latto,, 218-726-8830


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