Community Impact
7:48 am
Tue June 2, 2015

VIA LINK Starts New Texting Program For People In Crisis

Conversations with counselors at VIA LINK's Call Center are completely confidential.

VIA LINK provides information, referrals, training and crisis intervention to people, organizations and communities so they can help themselves and others.

The VIA LINK call center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to listen, answer questions and provide resources to people who call 211 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. If a caller is in crisis, the confidential counselor who answers will start helping them on the spot.

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Listening Post NOLA
8:58 am
Thu May 28, 2015

The Listening Post Asks: How Do You Feel About The Politics Of Climate Change In Louisiana?

Local politician Lenar Whitney believes climate change is a hoax.
"Global Warming is a Hoax"

WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week the Listening Post explores the politics of climate change in Louisiana.

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Community Impact
8:41 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Propeller Accelerates The Growth Of 15 Social And Environmental Entrepreneurs

This year's Propeller fellows

Since 2009, Propeller tackles the tough challenges in New Orleans by launching socially-minded ventures.

Propeller helps start up companies that have environmental and social missions. Their accelerator program helps entrepreneurs with solutions in primary sectors including health care, education and water. They’re trying to create a critical mass of entrepreneurs tackling these issues form multiple angles in order to move the needle forward on tough topics like obesity, childhood education, and getting more people in Louisiana insured.

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7:13 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Building Houses On America Street

Habitat for Humanity is building 10 homes in New Orleans East as part of a Katrina 10 anniversary project
Jesse Hardman

As part of a Hurricane Katrina 10th anniversary initiative, Habitat for Humanity is putting up 10 new homes in New Orleans East. A few hundred volunteers are spending the next 10 days along America Street, putting up new single-family homes in lots that have sat vacant since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita flooded this neighborhood. 

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Listening Post NOLA
4:15 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Listening Post Question Of The Week: Do You Agree With Louisiana Politicians On Climate Change?

Scientists predict more hurricanes as a result of climate change, but some politicians doubt the link.
Jesse Hardman

Recently Louisiana senators David Vitter and Bill Cassidy signed a letter asking that FEMA eliminate the requirement that states address climate change in disaster planning to receive federal funding. Read the full letter here

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6:09 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Micah Project Organizes Communities Around Issues Of Mass Incarceration

Minister Rosie Washington is the Executive Director of the Micah Project.
Micah Project

The Micah Project develops a base of youth leaders to mitigate gun violence and eliminate the school to prison pipeline.

Meet Dolfinette Martin.

“I did 7 years, 4 months, 26 days in LA Correction Institute for Women. That was my 4th prison stay, but by God’s grace, my last.”

Dolfinette Martin had five children when she went to prison – for shoplifting – what she saw at the time as her only way of providing for her kids.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:42 am
Thu May 14, 2015

The Listening Post Asks: How Do You Manage Childcare?

Laine Kaplan-Levenson

WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week the Listening Post explores how people handle childcare in New Orleans.


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Community Impact
6:31 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Wetland Resources Invents Ways To Save Coastline Faster

Gary Shaffer repairs Wetland Resource's tree nursery.
Eve Abrams

Wetland Resources plants hurricane resistant trees to protect Louisiana’s coastline.

Demetra Kandalepas is a senior scientist at Wetland Resources. We’re on the way to visit their bald cypress and tupelo nursery. It’s in the middle of a marsh. We drive down a muddy path next to a huge, raised pipe.

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Listening Post NOLA
3:57 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Listening Post Question Of The Week: How Do You Manage Child Care?

Daycares can be expensive and hard to get into. What's a parent to do?
Laine Kaplan-Levenson

If you have young children or have friends with young children in New Orleans, chances are you know about the struggle to find quality daycare/after school care.

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Community Impact
6:29 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Edible Schoolyard Teaches Seed To Table

Edward McKinnis and Jeremiah Marshall set the table in their teaching kitchen for a communal meal.
Eve Abrams WWNO

Edible Schoolyard New Orleans works to empower generations of New Orleans children to build and maintain healthy relationships with food, the natural world, themselves and their community.

Stefin Pasternak, is the lead chef educator at Samuel L Green Charter School, home of one of Edible Schoolyard’s two teaching kitchens, and one of their five school gardens. He directs two students to set the table for a communal meal.

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