From the Times-Picayune:

“Giving money (to charity) is an abstract concept,” Gerard Soto was saying. “You never quite know where it goes or what it accomplishes. But with this, I can touch it and feel it.”

That’s about as well-articulated a reason as I’ve ever heard for volunteerism.

This particular volunteer effort was taking place on a corner lot in Broadmoor, as the first of this year’s two-weekend October Build got under way. A team of 30 or so employees of Shell Oil Co. (green T-shirts) had joined half as many again from the Junior League (white T-shirts) to scrape, paint and repair the siding of a shotgun double whose owner still lives in a FEMA trailer parked in the side yard.

Read the full story on the Times-Picayune’s website by clicking here.