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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3:41 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Global Green's Holy Cross Village A Model Of Living With Water, Rather Than Fighting It

Each of the five homes in Global Green's Sustainable Village has a rain garden in the front.
Eve Abrams WWNO

Linda Stone is the director of local office of Global Green USA. Jeff Supak works for Global Green on wetlands and water issues. The two give us a tour of the group's Holy Cross Project in the Lower 9th Ward dedicated to sustainable living in New Orleans.

“This is Global Green’s showcase sustainable village,” explains Stone. “We’re in the Holy Cross neighborhood, and we’re right next to the river, as you can see.”

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Community Impact
7:19 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Music And Culture Coalition Of New Orleans A Force For Democratic Process

Musicians protested changes to a noise ordiance in front of City Hall.
Kate Gegenheimer

The Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans serves as a platform and voice for issues concerning culture in New Orleans.

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Community Impact
8:14 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Black Alliance For Educational Options Helping To Increase Access To Quality Education

Kaleshe Garrison is the Black Alliance for Educational Options Family and Community Organizer in New Orleans.
Eve Abrams

The Black Alliance for Educational Options is a national organization, but in order to fulfill their mission — empowering low income and working-class Black families to increase high quality educational options for all black students — BAEO knows to work locally.

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Community Impact
7:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

The New Orleans Youth Sound Experience Finds A New Home On St. Claude

Matthew Shilling, of the New Orleans Youth Sound Experience, explaining to students how speakers work.
NOYSE

Matthew Shilling teaches creative and at-risk youth about sound engineering and music production at the New Orleans Youth Sound Experience.

Matthew Shilling gathers his students around a sound board talking about volume and distortion.

“So tell me again what does a fader do?” he asks.  

“It takes away sound,” a student calls out.

“It fades the sound,” offers another.

“We’re not taking away sound, right?” asks Shilling. “We’re dealing with electricity still, right?”

“We’re taking away electricity,” a student guesses.

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Community Impact
7:13 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Catholic Charities Ensures Adults With Developmental Disabilities Are Not Forgotten

Russell lives at Padua House and attends New Directions Adult Day Health Care Center.
Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities advocates for people in need, no matter who they are.

Inside the New Directions Adult Day Health Care Center, groups of people gather around tables at. It’s Bingo time. And Willie is working two boards.

“I’m helping her,” Willie explains.

“Do you always help your neighbors play bingo?” I ask.

“Yes ma’am.”

“How come?”

“Because they don’t know,” answers Willie. “Because they don’t know,” he repeats. “They don’t know, Sweetie.”

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Community
7:05 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Dillard University's Office Of Community Relations Helps Gentilly Stay Healthy

Volunteers work on the Langston Hughes Community Garden.
EveAbrams WWNO

Dillard University's Office of Community Relations is helping people in Gentilly stay healthy. Eve Abrams explores the university's efforts to combat obesity, poor nutrition, and bad eating habits throughout the neighborhood.

Chrisean Mitchell shows me around the community garden in back of her Gentilly school.

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Community
7:30 am
Tue November 12, 2013

UNITY's Outreach Team Brings Services To New Orleans' Most Vulnerable Citizens

Laniker Hunter-Davis is easy to spot in her Outreach jacket.
Katy Reckdahl

Laniker Hunter-Davis is an outreach worker for UNITY of Greater New Orleans. She and her partner, Joycelyn Scott, drive and walk around the city trying to reach the hardest-to-reach homeless people. One night, I tagged along.  

“The first place that we’ll be stopping is at Washington Park. It’s off of Elysian Fields. We have a lady  that’s in that park with her dog, and she can’t utilize the shelters because of her dog. So we gonna go check on her.

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Community Impact
3:56 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Schweitzer Fellows Make Underserved Communities Healthier

Medical students use colored blocks to try and teach young students about the proteins, carbohydrates and fats on their lunch plates.
Kate Howe

It’s lunchtime at the Renew Cultural Arts Academy, and that means a group of medical students from Louisiana State University are sitting down with kindergarden, first and second graders to talk about the food that’s on their plates.

“So what do you use your protein for?”

“Makes you strong!” 

“Makes you strong. Got to have big muscles, huh? Can you show me your muscle? All right, there you go.”

About a dozen medical students are equipped with colored building blocks: red for protein, green for carbohydrates, and yellow for fat.

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Community Impact
12:03 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Community Impact: Chartwell Center Teaches Children With Autism

Hayden reads a book.
Chartwell Center

Just a few blocks from the intersection of Napolean and Magazine Streets is an unassuming yellow shotgun house. From the street there is no way to know this is a school — a very special school.

Inside and down the hall is the elementary school of the Chartwell Center, a nonprofit dedicated to serving children with autism spectrum disorders. In one of the two classrooms, Hayden and Matt — ages 8 and 9 — go over a recipe for a drink called Sunset Juice with their two teachers.

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Community Impact
3:35 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Advocacy Center Helps Disabled Advocate For Their Rights

Ellen Katz speaks to a client on the phone.

Ellen Katz is a Managing Attorney at the Advocacy Center, a non profit which helps protect the rights of people with mental and physical disabilities — people from all over Louisiana. Other staff members at the Advocacy Center make home visits, but much of Ellen’s work is conducted over the phone. 

“Hi Miss Fisher, how are you today?” Ellen asks a new client.

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