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Field Report: Green Light New Orleans

 

You might not know this, but Green Light New Orleans does things other than installing light bulbs. In fact, we have a whole other program called Tip the Block, through which we connect residents with other non-profit organizations that can provide them a variety of other services. Residents can receive backyard vegetable gardens, rain barrels, home weatherization, and attic insulation among other things. Green Light sees this program as the next step for the organization once energy efficient light bulbs have been installed for all interested residents.

 

This summer, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America is having their youth conference in New Orleans. During this conference 36,000 Evangelical Lutheran youths will be arriving in the city. The conference involves 3 days of service, and about 2,000 of them will be working with Green Light on Tip the Block. They will be installing light bulbs, building backyard vegetable gardens and rain barrels, and canvassing, among other things.

 

This is the biggest event Green Light has ever had, and will give us the opportunity to get a lot done for Tip the Block. Since it is a month away, a lot of our time is going towards preparing for the event. It will be a great learning experience for all of us, and will hopefully be a good example for us about how to host similar events in the future.

 

-Selena Poznak, Tulane CPS AmeriCorps VISTA, Green Light New Orleans

 

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