New Orleans, LA, April 13th, 2022 –
Youth Rebuilding New Orleans (YRNO), a nonprofit founded to help rebuild homes and inspire community members, is teaming up with Ring, whose mission is to make neighborhoods safer, to support individuals and families in New Orleans. Together, YRNO and Ring hope to extend YRNO’s mission to transform neighborhoods throughout New Orleans and provide increased peace of mind to local residents.
Ring is donating 1,000 Ring Video Doorbells, including free installation and a Ring Protect Basic subscription, to residents of select neighborhoods in Greater New Orleans identified by YRNO. Ring is also making a monetary donation in support of YRNO’s initiatives to educate, empower, and engage youth toward the betterment of New Orleans. To help respond to the recent severe storm and lend more assistance, Ring is providing supplies to YRNO for neighborhood clean-up efforts.
YRNO was founded 16 years ago in response to Hurricane Katrina as a way for young adults to help their community recover from devastation and disaster. YRNO still assists with disaster recovery in times of need and recently in response to Hurricane Ida, but has expanded its approach to encompass community development on an ongoing basis. YRNO’s team focuses on inspiring students to work toward their career goals, providing internships to reconstruct damaged homes while teaching skills such as job readiness and financial literacy, and discussing the importance of mental health and social justice. While fostering a motivating, inclusive environment for participating students, YRNO helps homeowners stay in their community by repairing their damaged homes and in turn, helping their team members build a foundation for their future.
“It’s great to team up with Ring to provide 1,000 doorbells to residents in the communities that we serve,” says YRNO’s Executive Director, Prince Holmes, Jr. “Here at YRNO, rebuilding and supporting the community is everything. Our primary focus is to address blight which provides learning and employment opportunities for young people and to empower our neighbors to build and contribute to a thriving New Orleans. We thank Ring for recognizing our community-driven approach and helping to bring increased security to local residents so we can keep giving back and encouraging individuals to get involved.”
“We are inspired by YRNO’s initiatives that encourage community members to take action in support of their neighbors,” said Karla Torres, Head of Community Engagement at Ring. “The team at YRNO works together to rebuild safe homes for New Orleans residents and families, and we share a commitment to building stronger communities. We hope to extend their impact and efforts to ensure community members have a place to call home.”
“The Cantrell Administration continues to prioritize a holistic approach to addressing community safety in New Orleans,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “This includes investing in youth, families, and community leaders, and working with corporations to help strengthen our communities. We are grateful to Youth Rebuilding New Orleans for creating initiatives that empower, educate, and engage youth, and collaborating with Ring to help residents increase their peace of mind while still addressing public safety.”
“My top priority as a Congressman is to uplift individuals and families in New Orleans and the entire Second Congressional District,” said Congressman Troy Carter. “The way I see it, enhancing public safety is a critical step toward that goal and toward building a brighter future. I am proud and grateful to support YRNO and Ring today in their efforts to transform neighborhoods and provide increased security and peace of mind to New Orleanians.”
• 1,000 Ring Video Doorbells will be donated at no cost to residents.
• Ring will cover the donation cost associated with the donated device.
• Ring will provide a Ring Protect Basic video subscription for the life of the donated device with no cost to residents. • Residents who are eligible and interested in receiving a donated device can apply here on Ring’s website, or on YRNO’s website starting April 13th, 2022.
• Ring does not participate in camera registration programs. Like all Ring customers, Ring donation recipients have control and ownership of their devices and videos.
About Youth Rebuilding New Orleans
YRNO is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2006 in response to the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina. YRNO’s mission is to employ, empower and educate youth towards the betterment of New Orleans. They do this by working with young people in the community to rebuild blighted homes and build affordable housing. In addition to teaching construction skills, YRNO also teaches job readiness, financial literacy, mental health, and social justice.