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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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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.”

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.

Eve Abrmas

The Urban League’s Women’s Business Resource Center provides training, assistance and resources to aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. As an entrepreneur WBRC services can help improve your management skills, strengthen your enterprise, and increase your business’ capacity for success.

 

 

Gary Harrell is teaching a class called Empowering Communities One Entrepreneur at a Time at the Urban League’s Women’s Business Resource Center.

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New Orleans Works (NOW) is a workforce collaborative focused on building partnerships between employers, trainers, educators and workers to connect low-skilled workers to jobs that provide immediate economic security, and also prepare workers for professional growth and a focused career path.

 

Julia Pierce is a medical assistant at Ochsner Baptist Medical Center.

Eve Abrams

The mission of New Orleans Fatherhood Consortium is to develop comprehensive social supports, programs, public awareness, and policies that will assist fathers in reaching their fullest potential. It is a collaborative group of organizations and individuals who identify opportunities and support that enable fathers to be present, engaged and active in the lives of their families.

 

“It’s pretty common knowledge that children are born to two parents,” says Gregory Rattler, Jr., the director of New Orleans Fatherhood Consortium, which is based at Loyola University. 

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