ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Volunteers of America is seeking skilled and unskilled volunteers to help rebuild the Gulf States that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. More than a year after the hurricane damage, New Orleans and the Gulf regions in Alabama and Mississippi are still in critical need of assistance.

“Our needs for volunteer help are as great as ever,” said Cathie Peterman, New Orleans director of volunteer services for Volunteers of America.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Volunteers of America is seeking skilled and unskilled volunteers to help rebuild the Gulf States that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. More than a year after the hurricane damage, New Orleans and the Gulf regions in Alabama and Mississippi are still in critical need of assistance.

“Our needs for volunteer help are as great as ever,” said Cathie Peterman, New Orleans director of volunteer services for Volunteers of America.

Professional craftsmen, electricians and plumbers are in particular demand as many homes need to be entirely rebuilt. The organization is encouraging skilled trades persons to spend their next vacation or downtime in New Orleans, Alabama or Mississippi for a “life-changing experience.” Workers are needed to install new roofs, insulation, ceilings, walls, wiring, plumbing and flooring.

For information on volunteering in New Orleans, call 504-483-3557 or visit www.voagno.org. For information on volunteering in Alabama and Mississippi, call 251-344-4500 or visit www.voase.org.