Day of Service: ESSENCE Festival Brings the Love

In commemoration of the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, the 21st annual ESSENCE Festival celebrated the beloved city of New Orleans with a dedicated 'Day of Service.' On Thursday, nearly a 1,000 volunteers teamed up with ESSENCE, NOLA FOR LIFE and Walmart to 'Bring The Love' to the community with beautification and enrichment projects around the city, in addition to health fair that focused on achievement for local youth, promoting literacy and healthy living.

ESSENCE.COM Jul, 02, 2015

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A volunteer lends a helping hand for ESSENCE Festival's 'Day of Service' in New Orleans.

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A volunteer lends a helping hand for ESSENCE Festival's 'Day of Service' in New Orleans.

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A volunteer lends a helping hand for ESSENCE Festival's 'Day of Service' in New Orleans.

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A volunteer lends a helping hand for ESSENCE Festival's 'Day of Service' in New Orleans.

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A volunteer lends a helping hand for  ESSENCE Festival's 'Day of Service' in New Orleans.

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A volunteer lends a helping hand for ESSENCE Festival's 'Day of Service' in New Orleans.

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A volunteer lends a helping hand for ESSENCE Festival's 'Day of Service' in New Orleans.

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A volunteer lends a helping hand for the ESSENCE Festival's 'Day of Service' in New Orleans.

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A volunteer lends a helping hand for ESSENCE Festival's 'Day of Service' in New Orleans.

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ESSENCE National Sponsorship Director Staci Hallmon-Bazzani lends a helping hand for the Festival's 'Day of Service' in New Orleans.

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A volunteer lends a helping hand for ESSENCE Festival's 'Day of Service' in New Orleans.

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A volunteer lends a helping hand for ESSENCE Festival's 'Day of Service' in New Orleans.

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A volunteer lends a helping hand for ESSENCE Festival's 'Day of Service' in New Orleans.

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A volunteer lends a helping hand for ESSENCE Festival's 'Day of Service' in New Orleans.

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A volunteer lends a helping hand for ESSENCE Festival's 'Day of Service' in New Orleans.

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A volunteer lends a helping hand for ESSENCE Festival's 'Day of Service' in New Orleans.

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A volunteer lends a helping hand for ESSENCE Festival's 'Day of Service' in New Orleans.

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A volunteer lends a helping hand for ESSENCE Festival's 'Day of Service' in New Orleans.

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ESSENCE News Editor Lauren Williams jumps in with the volunteers for ESSENCE Festival's 'Day of Service' in New Orleans.

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A volunteer lends a helping hand for ESSENCE Festival's 'Day of Service' in New Orleans.

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A volunteer lends a helping hand for ESSENCE Festival's 'Day of Service' in New Orleans.

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A volunteer lends a helping hand for ESSENCE Festival's 'Day of Service' in New Orleans.

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A volunteer lends a helping hand for the ESSENCE Festival's 'Day of Service' in New Orleans.

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A volunteer lends a helping hand for ESSENCE Festival's 'Day of Service' in New Orleans.

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