Sunday, March 04, 2007

The Pearlington Project

The Pearlington Project Katrina Foundation, Inc.PO Box 127 Rhinebeck, NY 12572

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The Pearlington Project Katrina Foundation, Inc gratefully accepts your donations for the building of homes in Pearlington, MS. The Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.
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The Pearlington Project Katrina Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 127
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

The Pearlington Project Katrina Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation. Its mission is simple: To build permanent homes for the residents of Pearlington, Mississippi, who lost their homes in Hurricane Katrina.

Pearlington, Mississippi is a small, rural, unincorporated community. As such, there is no government to advocate for these citizens. Therefore, The Pearlington Project Katrina Foundation was formed to provide permanent, safe shelter for those who have none.

The urgent mission of The Pearlington Project Katrina Foundation is to start, finish, and furnish as many homes as possible utilizing a “blitz build.” “Blitz building” is a proven technique in which skilled construction volunteers build a home in a very short period of time. Our skilled volunteers will frame the walls and roofs off-site 2 weeks prior to traveling to Pearlington. Simultaneous to this process, other skilled volunteers will be in Pearlington laying the foundations for the homes. Then, over a 1 week period, the homes will be fully constructed and furnished on-site. Leading this initial “blitz build” for the Foundation is an experienced builder who has held leadership positions in accelerated builds around the country.

Pre-building of the walls and roofs will occur off site with construction in Pearlington taking place. Since the Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, all your donations are tax-deductible. Donations are used to purchase building materials and basic furniture with construction provided by volunteer labor. Furniture is purchased from James Furniture, a local furniture dealer in Picayune, MS, that has rebounded from its Hurricane Katrina losses. It is the philosophy of the Foundation to support the local Gulf Coast economy as much as possible. With your help, this will be the first of many Pearlington Project Katrina Foundation "blitz build" projects.

The Pearlington Project Katrina Foundation is the evolution of the work of Angela Cole, a healthcare professional and business owner, who has brought attention and resources to the people of this small, rural community for the past year. Her efforts, initially dubbed “The Pearlington Project,” caught the attention of both the New York Times and CNN. CNN has now aired four segments on the situation in Pearlington. All media coverage may be viewed in the Media Section of this website.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation early this year. Time is running out for the people of Pearlington and The Pearlington Project Katrina Foundation, Inc. needs your help in order to help them. Monies received will fund the building of houses in Pearlington, Mississippi only. Teams of volunteer builders will fund their travel to and from Pearlington to construct the homes. In Dutchess County NY experienced, volunteer home builders are ready to start their hammers as soon as adequate funding for materials is received.

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