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CROWDRISE : Jan 15, 2014
Tax ID: 04-3199531
BASED: Orlando, FL, United States

CHARITY WEBSITE: Hope For Stanley Alliance

Our Mission

"Believe In What You Can't See!"

In December of 2006, ten students from the DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate Program at the University of Central Florida in Orlando gave their Winter Break to go volunteer in New Orleans nearly 14 months after the city was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.  Along with Dr. Richard Lapchick, his wife Ann Pasnak, their daughter Emily, and family friends Allyce Najimy and Massachusetts State Representative Smitty Pignatelli, the students began their trip by repairing bicycles at a church in the Lower Ninth Ward.  The students soon heard from parishioners about a man named Stanley Stewart who was considering permanently vacating his damaged home.

The UCF students decided to meet Stanley and took it upon themselves to rebuild the Stewart home.   More students returned to help the Stewarts during Spring Break in March of 2007 and even more came back over the summer in July of that same year.   By that October, Pignatelli was able to round up a construction crew of 25 that donated their time and materials to do plumbing, electrical work, and drywall foundations in the Stewarts’ home.  Only a few weeks later a group of students returned to paint the new walls of Stanley’s home.   Over two years after the storm and 10 months after UCF had gotten involved, the Stewarts were able to return home.

The students from the original trip were inspired by Stanley and his family and in February, 2007 (with the help of New Orleans City Council President Arnie Fielkow) founded the Hope For Stanley Alliance.   To date, more than 700 volunteers have given more than 24,000 hours of service to the city of New Orleans.  No other organization based outside of Louisiana has done more.

Tax ID: 04-3199531 • Hope For Stanley Alliance


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