PHILADELPHIA — While it has been over a year since Hurricane Katrina, there is still much to do in New Orleans, as Philadelphia Federal Credit Union Vice President of Lending Claire Ippoliti discovered when she took a week off to volunteer for the Emergency Communities Goin’ Home Community Caf?(C).

“The Lower 9th Ward, Louisiana looks as though time has stood still. And while the water here has receded, nothing else has changed,” said Ippoliti. “As I stand looking around the Lower 9th, 18 months after the hurricane, I find myself asking, ‘Am I still in America?’ The devastation lingers and is immense.”

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