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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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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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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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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VEGGI is a community member owned and operated farmer’s cooperative based out of New Orleans East, Louisiana. VEGGI Farmer's Cooperative is dedicated to empowering growers in the Greater New Orleans area, starting in New Orleans East, in order to create sustainable, high quality jobs that enhance the quality of life of communities through increasing local food access and promotion of sustainable agriculture. 


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Providence Community Housing fosters healthy, diverse and vibrant communities by developing, operating and advocating for affordable, mixed-income housing, supportive services and employment opportunities for individuals, families, seniors and people with special needs.

Diane Muses’s new house on Iberville Street is about half a dozen blocks outside the French Quarter. I asked if she could give me a tour, and she happily led the way.

Eden House

Eden House is a two-year residential program for women who have been commercially and sexually exploited.  Modeled after Magdalene House in Nashville, Tennessee, Eden House provides six to eight women a safe and supportive home for two years, free of cost.

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Life City enables city governments and regional economic development organizations to spur economic growth through social and environmental impact. They help make businesses more socially and environmentally impactful while also earning more revenue.

Let me introduce you to a business owner.

“My name Renee Landrieu. I’m the owner of Landrieu Concrete and Cement Industries.”

Picture huge piles of sand and gravel. Also, those big trucks with revolving drums.

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Goodwill Industries provides a wide range of training, placement and workforce development services to help veterans, people with disabilities or a lack of education, and ex-offenders re-entering the workforce develop the skills needed to find jobs. 

After serving two stints in local jails, Ezimbalist Pollard wasn’t an ideal candidate for a job.

“I was never a bad person,” explains Pollard, “but when you make bad choices, people look at you as a bad person.”

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The New Orleans Women’s Shelter doesn’t just provide a roof, a warm bed and a meal. They work with clients and residents to address their individual and family needs, equipping them with the tools they need to move into independent living in their own homes.

The New Orleans Women’s Shelter doesn’t just provide a roof, a warm bed and a meal. They work with clients and residents to address their individual and family needs, equipping them with the tools they need to move into independent living in their own homes.

Eve Abrams

Playworks helps create playgrounds where everyone plays, belongs, and contributes to the game. Coaches encourage kids to bring out the best in themselves and each other, and kids learn the value of fair play, compassion, and respect. They also learn to become leaders.

Recess has been disappearing in schools. 

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