Ward “Mack” McClendon is a New Orleans Lower 9th Ward resident who against all odds selflessly purchased a building located 1001 Charbonnet Street in the Lower Ninth Ward to gut and develop the first community resource center in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Named ‘The Lower Ninth Ward Village,’ the community center soon became a hub for affected survivors to reconnect with family and friends, serving as a resource of information to start the process of rebuilding their lives, homes and community.
For eight years, Mack’s dream – the Village – served as a beacon of hope and inspiration and bridged the gap for the neighborhood, its many volunteers and visitors. And his “Where’s your Neighbor” project helped countless Lower 9th Ward residents reconnect and return home following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
“You can go through your life and not find your purpose,” Mack said shortly after opening the Village. “I’ve been able to find mine by embracing this project.”
It’s befitting that on Monday, January 19th Martin Luther King’s Day of Community Service that Mack’s family invites Mack’s many friends and supporters to gather from 1 – 5 p.m. at the Lower 9th Ward Village (1001 Charbonnet Street) to celebrate his selfless dedication to serving his community. We will share our love for Mack and express our thanks to our dedicated local hero – Ward “Mack” McClendon – whose visionary leadership and work exemplified selfless service throughout his post-Katrina journey. For it truly “takes a village.”
To make a donation to help with Mack’s medical expenses, please visit: http://www.gofundme.com/jokzso
Cash and check donations also can be made at the Village on MLK Day. Please make checks payable to Mack’s daughter Renata McClendon.