The Broadmoor Improvement Association (BIA) is a neighborhood organization which is has been a model for citizen-led recovery efforts since Hurricane Katrina. It is committed to transforming Broadmoor into a neighborhood that is "better than before". In partnership with Tulane University School of Medicine, Green Coast Enterprises, and the central New Orleans community, the BIA is working towards bringing a community health center to central New Orleans. This would provide access to affordable primary health care for over 14,000 residents in neighborhoods such as Broadmoor, Freret, Hoffman Triangle, Zion City, and Gert Town. The medical services will work in conjunctio n with other local social and wellness programs, and bring services to the area comprehensively and holistically. We are currently working hard to raise money towards redeveloping site of the planned health center at Washington and South Broad, and towards operating costs. To assist in this project, please see here: www.nolahealth.org/how-you-can-help
Contact: Emily Reimsnyder
Café Hope is a nonprofit culinary arts and life skills program for at-risk youth ages 17-23 throughout the Westbank area. Café Hope's goal is to meet the needs of the at-risk youth population so they can further themselves along the path to self-sufficiency and have fulfilling futures as valuable and contributing members of their community. The organization's 16-week program consists of real-life culinary job training-both front-of-house and back-of-house-where students develop skills they can bring to any job in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Because Cafe Hope recognizes that there is more to self-sufficiency than job skill development, students first participate in intensive life skills classes-including financial literacy, dressing for success, nutrition and spirituality-and devote significant time to education.
Café Hope's nonprofit restaurant features locally-sourced, seed-to-table dishes, supports local farmers and uses fresh seafood from the Gulf of Mexico. As the only seed-to-table restaurant on New Orleans' Westbank, Café Hope has created a community garden-just outside of the restaurant-that provides much of the produce used in the restaurant's dishes each day. With support from Café Hope staff and volunteers, the garden continues to grow and provide the organization with high quality, healthy produce.
Donations provide students with the opportunity to become a part of the Café Hope program, learning necessary and important life skills to lead fulfilling futures in the New Orleans community.
Contact: Kelder Summers
Café Reconcile is committed to overcoming the deeply engrained social ills associated with generational poverty. In our nonprofit restaurant and training program, we provide young people (ages 16-22) with the skills and confidence they need to get and keep jobs in New Orleans' thriving hospitality industry. Since we first opened our doors in 2000, we have served more than 800 young people. Thanks to the strong support we've received from the New Orleans culinary community, our graduates are employed at many of the city's finest restaurants and hotels. The 2006 recipient of the James Beard Foundation's Humanitarian Award, Café Reconcile has become an economic development anchor in the O.C. Haley Corridor of Central City, which has begun to rebound from decades of neglect and abandonment. Thanks to positive local and national media coverage, as well as some of the city's best southern and soul food, Café Reconcile has become a destination lunch spot for New Orleanians and visitors alike. We are open for lunch Monday-Friday; we open in the evening for groups interested in our "Feed Your Soul" dinner experience. Enjoy our award winning food as you learn about our mission and support our success. We can accommodate groups of 25- 80 people for evening functions. We invite you to support of our mission to build hope and change lives for the youth of New Orleans!
Contact: Lynne Loewy
The Choice Foundation operates tuition-free, open-enrollment elementary schools in the South Carrollton, Mid-City, and Treme neighborhoods. The schools give their students - of whom more than 90% receive free or reduced lunch - a rigorous academic education that is enriched by a variety of technology, fine arts, athletics, and social services programs. For their work improving public elementary education in the New Orleans Recovery School District, the schools have received awards and/or grants from the U.S. Department of Education, MetLife, and the Walton Family Foundation, among others.
The schools rely heavily on volunteers, and welcome volunteer assistance in almost any form. Immediate needs, however, include: help repainting basketball courts, volleyball courts, and classroom numbers; help developing the school libraries; help in the Esperanza Charter School garden; assistance with annual Book Fair; assistance with annual students' "Holiday Superstore"; and help with administrative filing in the Special Education Office.
Contact: Darren Morris
Operation Good Network is a 501(c)3 organization that is dedicated to helping minority and women-owned businesses start, grow, and succeed throughout Southeastern Louisiana. Good Work Network was founded in 2001 and has a client base that is 92% African American, 69% female and 67% low-income. The organization offers business training courses on financial education and entrepreneurship as well as other specialty areas like QuickBooks and marketing. Good Work Network educates, coaches and supports these smaller businesses to help them improve their skills, realize their full potential and become active participants in the local economy.
The organization is located in the newly renovated Franz Building, a 100-year-old historic building on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in New Orleans' vibrant Central City neighborhood. Community members can attend events held at this location and meet with other members of to help the entrepreneurs in our community by building their knowledge and skills. Please visit the www.goodworknetwork.org to donate to this organization. Donations start as low as $50.
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JTRA was started in 1999 by Debra South Jones, a single parent of two, who was sick with cancer. JTRA food pantry has been around for 14 years. The last 12 years were with Second Harvest Food Bank. Last year alone we gave out more than one million pounds of food.
JTRA also offers a hot meal program in which they cook more than 10,000 meals a month, which includes clients that visit the site. The organization delivers hot meals to five senior citizen complexes around the city and a half way house that receives no governmental assistance. JTRA also delivers meals to a low income complex, which mostly houses elderly women raising children, as well as a local shelter for the homeless. In addition, those numbers do not cover the amount of meals the organization serves exclusively to the homeless. JTRA also offers their assistance to many local social service events.
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Contact: Lisa Picone
LCEF programs maintain our unique cultural heritage and serve our cultural producers- individuals, nonprofits and businesses working in music, film, culinary arts, performing and visual arts, design, literary arts, and historic preservation (& our Mardi Gras Indians). As low income wage earners, LCEF facilitates access to healthcare and provides economic development support for these workers. Our programs help them earn a decent living and maintain a respectable quality of life. Contributions to LCEF will provide small seed grants for cultural workers to explore business opportunities. LCEF grants enable them to generate new revenue streams, and grow and diversify their income. This fosters self sustainability. LCEF grant examples: N. O. City Park received a $2,500 grant to build a mobile box office wired for electricity so they could accept credit cards at an outside entrance. The first year used, it resulted in a 15% increase in revenue for the annual Celebration in the Oaks. Jewelry artist Laura Teague received a $1,500 grant to create professional photographs of her work for media, website and festival applications. As a result, her sales increased more than 50% from the previous year. LCEF 501(c)3: 20-3598297.
Contact: Kim Roberts
The mission of the Make It Right organization is to act as a catalyst for redevelopment of the Lower Ninth Ward by building a neighborhood comprised of safe and healthy homes that are inspired by Cradle to Cradle thinking, with an emphasis on a high quality of design, while preserving the spirit of the community's culture. The goal is to accomplish this quickly so that residents can return to their new homes built on their own property as soon as possible. The foundation is making its homes affordable by providing "gap" financing to cover the difference between the home price and funds available to the property owner from various sources. The ability to provide gap financing and to meet affordability goals is wholly contingent upon the level of charitable contributions made to the Make It Right Foundation.
As New Orleans Public Library rebuilds, the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library are on the scene to lend a hand. In the past, the Friends have lent their support by sponsoring programs and purchasing equipment for the library. However, financial support is now the Library's greatest need. NOPL will receive monies from traditional disaster relief sources, but these funds will not begin to cover all their building costs.
Contact: Rita Laners
Operation Hope is a national organization that promotes financial literacy empowerment for youth and financial capability for communities. Operation Hope was founded in 1992 and has served more than 2 million individuals. HOPE has also directed more than $1.5 billion in private capital to America's low-wealth communities, maintains a growing army of 20,000 HOPE Corps volunteers, and currently serves more than 300 U.S. cities, as well as South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates. HOPE Inside is located in New Orleans and provides a 12 week entrepreneurial training program and individual financial counseling to help local businesses and entrepreneurs to launch and grow their business enterprises.
HOPE Inside provides the community with 3 ways to become active within the organization:
Led by Saints Quarterback Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, this Project seeks to improve/enhance the lives of children in New Orleans, including the building of athletic field at Lusher High School, supporting Best Buddies, building a Beacon of Hope Resource Center, supporting and helping to restore New Orleans Recreation Department Playgrounds, building the Edible Schoolyard at Green Charter School, and other designated projects.
Contact: Heather Sweeney
Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana is leading the fight against hunger and building food security in south Louisiana through food access, advocacy, education and disaster response. We reach those in need by providing food to more than 300 partner agencies and direct food access to community members across 23 parishes from the Mississippi border to the Texas state line. Together, we make up the largest anti-hunger network in the state. Our community programs and services are valued at approximately $50 million annually. The essence of our work depends on public-private partnership with local and state government as well as private investment from corporations, foundations, employers and fellow neighbors and friends. Community support has never been more important and donations to Second Harvest make a big difference in the lives of those struggling with hunger. Every $10 donation helps provide 28 meals to those in need. Click here to view our fact sheet.
Contact: Anne Elizabeth Fuselier, Development Director
We teach children to read!
Start The Adventure In Reading (STAIR) is a local, volunteer-based non-profit literacy program that provides volunteers from throughout the community to tutor and mentor public school students who need help learning to read and are in danger of academic failure. STAIR's overall mission is to improve the reading skills and self-esteem of lower elementary school students.
Since its founding in 1985, STAIR has made a difference in the lives of more than 6,500 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students from Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Tammany parish public elementary schools. Over the past 30 years, hundreds of community volunteers have donated their time and talents to serve as reading tutors, testers and workday helpers. Despite Hurricane Katrina and a re-organized public school system, the STAIR program has maintained its preeminence as one of the most effective children's literacy programs for participants, parents and guardians, family members, teachers and principals in the New Orleans area.
STAIR uses a step-by-step professionally detailed program designed to enhance the curriculum of the public schools. STAIR supplies the students with reading practice booklets, workbooks, and basic supplies such as pencils, crayons, glue sticks, and flashcards; free books and a dictionary also are provided. For many children, these are the only books for their reading level in the home.
For an hour and a half Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday after school (2 and a half hours on Saturday mornings), STAIR tutors work with their students to complete the lessons included in 8 units of reading instruction. The volunteer tutor and child read together, play word games, practice phonics and write stories. A bond is forged between tutor and student, and learning occurs in a safe, nurturing environment. The hundreds of individuals who volunteer their time and talent for this program understand that the single most important aspect of a young child's early academic development is the ability to read and comprehend.
STAIR relies strictly on support from the community. We do not receive ANY government funding- City, State or Federal. Please consider donating to STAIR with either dollars or various school supplies we furnish to all of the students who attend our program.
Monetary donations can be made online at stairnola.org or mailed to STAIR, 1545 State Street, New Orleans, LA 70118.
Supply donation can be made by contacting Anne Fuselier at email@example.com:
Founded in 2007, the Roots of Music's mission is to teach, support and empower New Orleans' youth through music education, academic support and mentorship while preserving and promoting New Orleans' unique musical and cultural heritage. Our goal is to give the youth of New Orleans the resources to live positive, productive, self-reliant lives.
Five days a week, we provide year-round free music education to kids aged 9-14 years old and aim to teach our students the necessary skills to perpetuate New Orleans' unique musical tradition with an emphasis on academic success. We provide academic tuition, all our kids' instruments, free transportation to and from the program and a hot meal daily. Our program is based at The Louisiana State Museum's Cabildo in the heart of the French Quarter. We currently serve 140 kids living all across Orleans Parish and attending over 45 different schools.
Our students comprise a full New Orleans marching band, The Marching Crusaders. We march in Mardi Gras parades, play for weddings, conventions and many other occasions. Our Crusaders had the honor of being invited to participate in the famous Tournament of the Roses Parade in Pasadena, California this past New Year's Day and we took buses all the way from New Orleans to Pasadena to march in the parade. Receiving this invitation is a true testament to the hard work and tenacity of our amazing kids, the vast majority of whom have never picked up a musical instrument before they joined us.
To learn more about our organization and ways in which you can help shape a young musician's future, please visit us at www.therootsofmusic.org/
Contact: Mark Fowler
Dedicated to providing New Orleans public schools and professional musicians with instruments for performances, school bands and instruction. Also rebuilding Fats Domino's house among other projects.