The College of St. Rose student Ashley Hartman, a Colonie Central High School graduate, spent her spring break with a group of students fixing up homes in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina.
continued “It’s weird not waking up there. I can’t even put into words what it was like. It was just very touching,” she said. “It made me think that I want to do something like this for the rest of my life.”
After seeing how much work still needs to be done in the Ninth Ward, Hartman said she hopes others will find their way down there and volunteer. Hartman said she also wants to try to find more organizations around the Capital District to help out her local community.
“It’s very sad … they need so much help,” she said. “That one extra hand can be more than anything to them. That one swipe of paint, or taking that one board out for them, it’s so touching to them. I think that’s what made it such an amazing experience.”