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7:05 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Dillard University's Office Of Community Relations Helps Gentilly Stay Healthy

Volunteers work on the Langston Hughes Community Garden.
EveAbrams WWNO

Dillard University's Office of Community Relations is helping people in Gentilly stay healthy. Eve Abrams explores the university's efforts to combat obesity, poor nutrition, and bad eating habits throughout the neighborhood.

Chrisean Mitchell shows me around the community garden in back of her Gentilly school.

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Northshore Focus
5:04 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Northshore 'Kids Wanna Help' — So They Launch A Network Of Nonprofits

What happens when very motivated adolescents decide they want to help better their community, but they’re not satisfied with how kids fit into the current non-profit scene? In the case of two Northshore teenagers, they simply started their own.

15-year-old Beverly Brown co-founded Kids Wanna Help, a group designed to encourage Northshore youth to become involved with non-profits and charitable giving. Their mission began with a fashion show.

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Community Impact
7:15 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Covenant House Provides Shelter And Services For At Risk And Runaway Youth

Jane Helire is the job developer and life skills instructor at Covenant House, a safe haven for homeless and at-risk youth located at the edge of the French Quarter. On a recent day she pointed to the wall behind her.

“This is our employment board, and it’s the males on one side, and the females on other side," she says. "It has a list of everyone who is employed and who should be job searching and touching base with me, and who’s in class and who I haven’t seen just yet.”

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Bring Your Own
4:14 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Serendipity'

Jesse in Sri Lanka
Credit Jesse Hardman

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on wwno.org

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Community
7:30 am
Tue November 12, 2013

UNITY's Outreach Team Brings Services To New Orleans' Most Vulnerable Citizens

Laniker Hunter-Davis is easy to spot in her Outreach jacket.
Katy Reckdahl

Laniker Hunter-Davis is an outreach worker for UNITY of Greater New Orleans. She and her partner, Joycelyn Scott, drive and walk around the city trying to reach the hardest-to-reach homeless people. One night, I tagged along.  

“The first place that we’ll be stopping is at Washington Park. It’s off of Elysian Fields. We have a lady  that’s in that park with her dog, and she can’t utilize the shelters because of her dog. So we gonna go check on her.

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Listening Post NOLA
2:44 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Voices From The WWNO Listening Post: Charity Hospital

The Charity Hospital building has been vacant since Hurricane Katrina.
Steve Myers

The 1939 Charity Hospital building served the healthcare needs of generations of the city’s poor. However, its basement flooded during hurricane Katrina, and for the past eight years the building has remained vacant.

WWNO’s Listening Post collected audio from its two regular recording locations — at Norman Mayer Library in Gentilly and HeadQuarters Barbershop on Broad Street — to hear what people had to say about the redevelopment of Charity Hospital and the surrounding area. The Listening Post asked people these questions:

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Community Impact
7:40 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Crescent City Community Land Trust Helps Mid-City Create Affordable Rental Units

A rendering of 2739 Palmyra, Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative's future affordable rental units.

In Mid-City, land trusts are expanding the range of affordable housing options.

“We’re walking up Jane Place, which is this two-block street, walking toward JPNSI Community Garden.”

JPNSI stands for Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative, and leading me up the street is Shana Griffin, one of JPNSI’s cofounders.

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Community Impact
3:56 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Schweitzer Fellows Make Underserved Communities Healthier

Medical students use colored blocks to try and teach young students about the proteins, carbohydrates and fats on their lunch plates.
Kate Howe

It’s lunchtime at the Renew Cultural Arts Academy, and that means a group of medical students from Louisiana State University are sitting down with kindergarden, first and second graders to talk about the food that’s on their plates.

“So what do you use your protein for?”

“Makes you strong!” 

“Makes you strong. Got to have big muscles, huh? Can you show me your muscle? All right, there you go.”

About a dozen medical students are equipped with colored building blocks: red for protein, green for carbohydrates, and yellow for fat.

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Bring Your Own
4:11 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: 'The Great Sheep Fire Of 2011'

This is not Matt Sargeant, but it is a sheep costume.
Credit Costume Pop

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme.

This story was told on October 21st, 2012,  at Jackie Sumell’s house in the 7th Ward. The theme of the evening was “Are You Afraid of the Dark”, and Matt "Smoothie" Sargeant told this winning story providing life advice on Halloween Eve.

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Community
8:30 am
Thu October 17, 2013

James Storehouse Helping Foster Kids On The Northshore

There is a term in foster care called “aging out.” That is when a child becomes to old to be part of the foster care system any longer and, ready or not, must become self-sufficient. A new non-profit group on the Northshore aims to help those kids in that transition.

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