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
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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Community Impact
2:18 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Louisiana Children's Museum Helps Kids Develop Emotional Literacy Through 'Play Power' Program

Christen plays the Lorax.
Eve Abrams

The Louisiana Children’s Museum is more than just a place to visit. One of the Museum’s traveling outreach programs is Play Power, which visits schools and NORD camps in areas of New Orleans deeply impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Play Power encourages children to enjoy learning through emphasis on free expression and laughter. The Louisiana Children’s Museum believes a focus on early education instills in children the skills vital to success not just in school, but in a lifelong journey of learning.

 

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Community Impact
7:38 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Helps Women, Men And Young People Lead Healthy Lives

Planned Parenthood has a robust sexual health education program
Eve Abrams

The mission of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast is to ensure the right and ability of all individuals to manage their sexual and reproductive health by providing health services, education and advocacy. 

 

“This is the minimum things that happen when a woman comes in to a Planned Parenthood clinic for a family planning visit,” begins Sharon Howard, a consultant for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast who worked in the state Office of Public Health for 30 years.

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Community Impact
7:59 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Neighborhood Partnerships Network Helps Communities Build Capacity

Crista Rock

The Neighborhoods Partnership Network (NPN) works to make all of New Orleans’ neighborhoods great places to live. NPN facilitates neighborhood collaboration, increase access to government and information, and strengthen the voices of individuals and communities across New Orleans.

 

On the Neighborhood Partnerships Network’s homepage, you’re one click away from finding out the meeting times and locations of dozens of different neighborhood organizations all over New Orleans.

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Community Impact
7:46 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Ora Estuaries Contributes To An Oyster Habitat Restoration Project In St. Bernard Parish

Concrete rings are lowered into the water off the Biloxi Marsh.
Eve Abrams

The Water Challenge seeks to spur innovation in creative water management solutions for the Greater New Orleans region by awarding $50,000 annually through a competitive process. Sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Water Challenge is part of The Idea Village’s New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.

 

 

“This is the southern extent of the Biloxi Marshes,” points Tyler Ortego. “We’re right next to the southern extension of MRGO, less than a mile away. If you see higher vegetation that’s it. The other side of this lake you get out into Breton Sound.”

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Community
7:46 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Orleans Public Education Network Helps Bring A Born Learning Trail To New Orleans

Sean plays hopscotch on the Born Learning Trail
Eve Abrams

Orleans Public Education Network, OPEN, is committed to ensuring public engagement as a central element to building excellent public schools. Created in 2007, OPEN exists to serve as a catalyst and conduit for broad and diverse community engagement by facilitating more collaboration between community members, stakeholders, and policy makers.

Cyndi Nguyen and her son Sean are walking along the Borne Learning Trail in the Michoud Community in New Orleans East. 

“What shape is this?  Is this a rectangle?” Cyndi asks Sean.

“A diamond,” Sean answers.

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