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

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. 
 Out in New Orleans East, in Village L’Este , across the street from Mary Queen of...

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. “This is the kitchen,” Diane beamed. “This is the living...

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. Marybeth Corazzini is Eden House’s Executive Director. She says confidentiality is a big part of life at Eden house — creating a safe place where residents can overcome their pasts and move forward into self sufficient, healthy future. So on...

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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. “What we’re producing is a commodity...

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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.” Pollard wanted to start his life...

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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...

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. There’s too much fighting and bullying, too many boxes of band-aids gone through. In order to deal with this problem, about 40% of America’s school districts have shortened or simply...

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. “The street down there — a...

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. “Every time I see this furniture, I can’t help but smile,” says Rafel Hart, the Director of Educare New Orleans — which is part of a network of non-profit schools across the United States. The furniture he’s...

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...

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