:: Sheryl in New Orleans at Build-A-Thon (Blue Jeans Go Green) 21 May ::



NEW ORLEANS EAST, La. (WGNO) – WGNO Anchor Jacki Jing spoke with famous singer Sheryl Crow Thursday! Crow will be on site at Build-A-Thon on Thursday, May 21 from 9 am to Noon to participate in the build and discuss the Blue Jeans Go Green campaign, an on-going effort to recycle denim into insulation for new homes. Sponsored by Cotton Inc, the denim collected is being used in the Habitat houses on America Street. The program has already seen One Million pieces of denim recycled into insulation (which is quite soundproof – good for New Orleans musicians!)New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity is kicking off the Tenth Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by building 10 houses in 10 days on America Street in New Orleans East, an area still struggling to rebuild since 2005. This effort to Rebuild America Street is called “Build-A-Thon” and takes place May 19 – May 31. More than 500 volunteers will travel to New Orleans to participate. Build-A-Thon will be a reunion for many of them, who first met while volunteering for NOAHH after Katrina. Build sites are active on weekdays 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


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Photo: Carolyn Scofield (FOX8NOLA)

Photo: Kelsey Davis
(WDSU-TV News Reporter)
New Orleans, Louisiana

500 volunteers with Habitat NOLA building 10 homes in 10 days to commemorate 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Sheryl at Habitat for Humanity site in New Orleans
Photo: Doug MacCash
Arts and entertainment writer at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Sheryl at Habitat for Humanity site in New Orleans
Photo: Doug MacCash
Arts and entertainment writer at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Installing recycled denim Insulation
Photo: Doug MacCash
Arts and entertainment writer at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Installing recycled denim Insulation
Photo: Doug MacCash
Arts and entertainment writer at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

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Photo: Doug MacCash
Arts and entertainment writer at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

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Sheryl with Kelsey Davis and the @HabitatNOLA Build-A-Thon in NO East
Photo: Kelsey Davis

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Photo: DowntownMarriottNOLA

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Talkin' a lil' music with Sheryl Crow today. Man, she was cool as all get out. talked about everything music. she digs the smooth jazz too. sweet and humble. We also learned that we have a mutual colleague that performed with her on The "Bad" Tour with Michael Jackson. Special thanks to Rebuild America and Habitat for Humanity. - David Badie

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Sheryl Crow sings praises of Habitat effort

BY RICHARD THOMPSON
The New Orleans Advocate

Surrounded by a swarm of cameras, Sheryl Crow fit a strip of blue insulation in place between two joists. First one strip, then another, then another.

“I’m so amazed,” the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter yelled through cupped hands to three volunteers as they pounded nails into the beginning stages of a roof taking shape just above her head.

Then she called it a day. But, thankfully, she had plenty of backup who were ready to keep at it.

Through next week, the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity has set out to build 10 homes in 10 days along America Street in New Orleans East.

The stretch is still in varying stages of recovery — mostly occupied homes dotted by a few apparently still abandoned — nearly a decade after Hurricane Katrina devastated the neighborhood and the city.

To mark the 10-year anniversary, Habitat’s Build-a-Thon — which got underway Tuesday — has lured hundreds of volunteers to the city to help. Largely in their early 20s, they are a diverse mix of first-time volunteers and veterans of past builds. More than 500 participants in all are expected to take part, with a new wave slated to arrive next week.

Among those working Thursday was Amanda Adams, 25, of Oregon, who was carrying a power drill.

“It’s a little hot and humid, but it’s amazing,” said Adams, who hadn’t visited the Crescent City in more than a dozen years.

“For a lot of people, this is the first time they’ve ever swung a hammer,” she added, “but you learn quickly.”

Crow was there promoting her Blue Jeans Go Green initiative, which converts recycled denim into its original fiber material so that it can be treated and then turned into insulation. As she pressed the finished product into the wall, it looked like typical household insulation, except that it had a blue tint.

It takes about 1,000 pairs of jeans to insulate one of the Habitat homes, she said.

The finished insulation was being donated at a savings to the group of about $2,500 per home.

As Katrina’s 10th anniversary approaches, the local Habitat chapter is taking stock, having built more than 425 new homes — including about 50 in this neighborhood — since 2005.

Jim Pate, executive director of the New Orleans Area Habitat, said that chapters convene each year for an AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon, but he said this year’s effort is more ambitious than usual.

Pate said the nonprofit builder looks for areas where a handful of new homes can make the difference in stabilizing or revitalizing a neighborhood, or at least part of it.

Logistics also play a factor, in order to make sure a large group of volunteers can easily travel from one house to the next without wasting too much time.

For her part, Crow spent a few minutes reflecting on her long ties with the city as she sat on a couch in the thick of the building activity. Nearby, other houses already had sides up and roofs in place.

What attracted her to the insulation initiative, she said, was an interest in taking something worn-out — in this case, old blue jeans — recycling it and giving it a second life as something useful.

She said she developed an affinity for the city, its culture and its people after recording her second album at the former Kingsway Studio in the French Quarter in the late 1990s.

“As an artist, you’re always looking for inspiration, and this is a very inspiring place,” she said.

Follow Richard Thompson on Twitter, @rthompsonMSY.

SOURCE The New Orleans Advocate


Renaissance's General Manager Andy King took a moment from hammering to meet Sheryl. Rennaissance's team is working with Habitat for Humanity on 10 houses that will be completed in 10 days to honor the 10th anniversary of Katrina.

Photo: Danielle Lavy

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Sheryl and Billy Puckett (Habitat for Humanity do selfies @ Build-A-Thon on America Street

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Sheryl is building with AmeriCorps members in New Orleans!
Photo: Durham Habitat

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Sheryl Crow shines star power on Habitat for Humanity K+10 build

Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow climbed a ladder and wrestled a sheet of recycled blue denim insulation into place between the studs of a newly erected house on America Street in eastern New Orleans on Thursday morning (May 21). Volunteer workers standing in the open rafters suspended their hammering to watch the musician, as a dozen photographers followed her every move with their lenses, and a tiny video drone circled overhead.

The skeletal structure that Crow visited was part of Habitat for Humanity's "Build-A-Thon" project, which is commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the 2005 levee failures that flooded much of eastern New Orleans, by producing 10 homes in 10 days. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that builds affordable houses for lower-income buyers. The organization has been especially active since 2005 storm and flood.

Blue jeans, Crow said, can be reconstituted as fluffy blue-gray padding that, when handled, doesn't cause the itchiness of some other insulation materials. For more on the denim-recycling project go to bluejeansgogreen.org.

Crow said she has played several shows in New Orleans over the course of her career and fondly remembers the four months she spent recording in a French Quarter studio in 1996. The mother of two small boys will be touring soon, has a new album coming out and is hopeful that the musical theater version of the movie "Diner," for which she wrote the songs, is bound for Broadway.

SOURCE: NOLA.com


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Interviewed by Eric Paulsen on Eyewitness News
4 WWL-TV (CBS) - New Orleans, Louisiana

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With Eric Paulsen - Eyewitness News
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With Sally-Ann Roberts
4 WWL-TV (CBS) - New Orleans, Louisiana

Photo by John Williams
(Professional Camera & Audio Engineer - 4WWL-TV)




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