Fighting Poverty with Passion
|ReFest, the kick-off for The ReUse District, was an overwhelming success. The ReUse District is a collaboration between nonprofits, businesses, and artists in the 7th Ward, Bywater, Marigny, St. Claude, and St. Roch neighborhoods of New Orleans to promote the accessibility and awareness of reused materials and to create a hub for reuse in these five neighborhoods. Despite the torrential downpour on ReFest, over 650 “ReFesters” came out to show their support for the District and reuse in New Orleans. While the event may have “preached to a choir” of reuse enthusiasts, their support proved that The ReUse District could be more than just an idea.
Based upon the enthusiasm in May, The ReUse District has set about codifying its structure to be stronger as it goes forward. We are in the process of filing as a nonprofit corporation here in Louisiana. We are also hammering out our bylaws and reworking our fiscal sponsorship agreement and membership agreement, as well. The ReUse District seems to have been created New Orleans-style—we had a big party before we got down to business.
Over the last couple of weeks and months, interest in becoming a member of The ReUse District has definitely increased. The ReUse District always welcomes more reuse organizations from the 7th Ward, Bywater, Marigny, St. Claude, and St. Roch neighborhoods to join, whether these organizations are nonprofits, businesses, artists, or artisans. It has also been encouraging to see the curiosity in the District grow outside of New Orleans. As the first “reuse district” in the nation, several other organizations have contacted us to inquire about how they, too, can start a “reuse district” as a method to promote a more economically and environmentally sustainable neighborhood.