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
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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Community
7:26 am
Tue December 2, 2014

VEGGI Farmer's Cooperative Creates Jobs By Growing Healthy Food

Thanh Nguyen is one of the farmer's at VEGGI Farmer's Cooperative
Eve Abrams

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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Community Impact
7:23 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Providence Community Housing Helps New Orleanians Find Homes

Diane Muse says Providence were angels sent from God.
Eve Abrams

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.

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Community Impact
7:40 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Eden House Provides Refuge For Victims Of Sex Traficking

Residents of Eden House select wht paintings to hang in their rooms in order to personalize them.
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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Community Impact
8:00 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Helping Businesses Make More Money With Positive Environmental Choices

Chris Vizzini of Progressive Waste Management, along with Liz Shephard from LifeCity, looking through the dumpsters at Landrieu Concrete and Cement Industries to assess waste.
Credit Eve Abrams / WWNO

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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Community Impact
6:06 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Goodwill Industries Helps Ex-Offenders Reenter Workforce

Ezimbalist Pollard visits with his Goodwill Industries family.
Eve Abrams WWNO

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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Community Impact
3:25 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

New Orleans Women's Shelter Gives Families A Home

Ciara models her princess dress and her new tiara.
Eve Abrams WWNO

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.

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Community
7:17 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Playworks Keeps Play In School

Kids from Edgar P. Harney Academy ride in a tricycle relay race at recess.
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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Community Impact
7:16 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Harmony Neighborhood Development Revitalizes The La Salle Corridor

The Dew Drop is the heartbeat of La Salle
Eve Abrams

Harmony Neighborhood Development focuses on the revitalization of Central City New Orleans. By eliminating blight, constructing high-quality homes, providing homeownership services, and developing small-scale commercial areas, Harmony partners with residents in the development of a vibrant Central City.  The La Salle Corridor is a key site of community empowerment, economic inclusion, and collaboration.

Edward Woods has had a barbershop on La Salle Street since 1971.

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Community Impact
6:42 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Educare Teaches New Orleans Preschoolers

Educare's Infant-Toddler Classrooms have three teachers for every eight children.
Chris Guillen

Educare serves at-risk children from birth to five years. Educare Schools embrace a community's most vulnerable children with programming and instructional support that develop early skills and nurture the parent-child relationships that create the foundation for successful learning.

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