Community Impact

Nonprofits touch our lives every day, and the Community Impact series highlights their critical work and the difference they are making.

Each week, New Orleans-based producer Eve Abrams brings you the stories of diverse groups working across southeast Louisiana. You’ll hear directly from leaders and staff on the frontline of important issues, from dedicated volunteers and from the people whose lives have been improved by these nonprofits.

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Community Impact
8:41 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Propeller Accelerates The Growth Of 15 Social And Environmental Entrepreneurs

This year's Propeller fellows
Propeller

Since 2009, Propeller tackles the tough challenges in New Orleans by launching socially-minded ventures.

Propeller helps start up companies that have environmental and social missions. Their accelerator program helps entrepreneurs with solutions in primary sectors including health care, education and water. They’re trying to create a critical mass of entrepreneurs tackling these issues form multiple angles in order to move the needle forward on tough topics like obesity, childhood education, and getting more people in Louisiana insured.

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Community
6:09 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Micah Project Organizes Communities Around Issues Of Mass Incarceration

Minister Rosie Washington is the Executive Director of the Micah Project.
Micah Project

The Micah Project develops a base of youth leaders to mitigate gun violence and eliminate the school to prison pipeline.

Meet Dolfinette Martin.

“I did 7 years, 4 months, 26 days in LA Correction Institute for Women. That was my 4th prison stay, but by God’s grace, my last.”

Dolfinette Martin had five children when she went to prison – for shoplifting – what she saw at the time as her only way of providing for her kids.

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Community Impact
6:31 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Wetland Resources Invents Ways To Save Coastline Faster

Gary Shaffer repairs Wetland Resource's tree nursery.
Eve Abrams

Wetland Resources plants hurricane resistant trees to protect Louisiana’s coastline.

Demetra Kandalepas is a senior scientist at Wetland Resources. We’re on the way to visit their bald cypress and tupelo nursery. It’s in the middle of a marsh. We drive down a muddy path next to a huge, raised pipe.

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Community Impact
6:29 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Edible Schoolyard Teaches Seed To Table

Edward McKinnis and Jeremiah Marshall set the table in their teaching kitchen for a communal meal.
Eve Abrams WWNO

Edible Schoolyard New Orleans works to empower generations of New Orleans children to build and maintain healthy relationships with food, the natural world, themselves and their community.

Stefin Pasternak, is the lead chef educator at Samuel L Green Charter School, home of one of Edible Schoolyard’s two teaching kitchens, and one of their five school gardens. He directs two students to set the table for a communal meal.

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Community Impact
6:30 am
Tue April 28, 2015

YMCA Of Greater New Orleans Helps People Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Barbara Morris lost seven percent of her body weight through the help of her class.
Eve Abrams

The YMCA of Greater New Orleans is taking steps to reduce the burden of diabetes by offering a Diabetes Prevention Program, so that people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes don’t.

When you think YMCA, what comes to mind?

Volleyball, helping kids, swimming, gymnastics, the gym, the song.

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Community Impact
7:00 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Helps Delgado Students Jump Legal Hurdles

Single Stop and its partners served over five thousand students and their families
Eve Abrams

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services helps people tackle civil legal issues for a stronger, safer, better life.

James Welch is a staff attorney at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, and two days a week he works at a place called Single Stop.

“We have so many students who come in here when they just need a rest, a place to come where no one is snarling at them,” laughs Welch. “Unfortunately, it’s tough. This is like an oasis.”

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Community Impact
7:55 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Lower 9th Ward Center For Sustainable Engagement & Development Advocates For Healthier Neighborhood

Arthur Johnson stands inside the new barge board house.
Eve Abrams WWNO

Since its formation in 2006, the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development has worked hard to advocate for a healthier, more sustainable Lower 9th Ward.

“We are in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana,” declares Arthur Johnson, CEO of the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development. “This is on the Holy Cross side. The river is right on my right. I can see the tall ships from here.  That’s how close we are to the river.

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Community Impact
3:39 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance Working To Create Affordable Housing

Credit Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance

The Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance is a collaborative formed by the non-profit housing builders and community development corporations who are working diligently to rebuild the city of New Orleans.

“The Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance is a collaborative of non-profit, for-profit, builders and advocates of affordable housing here in the metro area,” says Andreanecia Morris. “We have been working together to create more affordable housing in New Orleans as we rebuild the city.”

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Community Impact
11:19 am
Tue December 23, 2014

YAYA Empowers Creative Young People To Become Successful Adults

Amaya Cannon makes a sculpture inspired by Picasso
Eve Abrams

The mission of YAYA is to empower creative young people to become successful adults through educational opportunities and entrepreneurship. 

Charity Poskitt runs the glass studio where the youth arts organization YAYA currently houses its out of school programs. Poskitt normally works with glass, but today she’s teaching ceramics. The assignment? To play.

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Community
8:00 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Community Impact: The Whimsical Musical Architecture Of New Orleans Airlift

Chateau Poulet by NO Airlift brings "angelic" sounds to onlookers and listeners. Artist Andrew Schrock stands, in the green shirt.
Eve Abrams

Chateau Poulet is the latest in the musical architecture series of New Orleans Airlift. Co-founder and artistic director Delaney Martin says, yes, that name would translate to: Chicken House.

"I don’t know where they got that," Martin says.  "It does have a creature-like visage, I think."

Airlift started making musical houses in 2010 with the Music Box, a Shanty Town Sound Laboratory. It was a small village of structures that were also instruments. Over 100 musicians played concerts in the Music Box and 15,000 people visited it.

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