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Field Report: Oportunidades NOLA – Tom Zolot

This has been a very exciting month for Oportunidades NOLA (OpNOLA). We have a very exciting announcement: We are moving!! OpNOLA was born as the work of St. Anna’s Episcopal Church’s relief effort after Hurricane Katrina. Years later OpNOLA continues to serve the GNO Latino populations. This community has grown immensely and still needs a lot of support and help. OpNOLA is happy to partner with the Latino Farmers Cooperative of Louisiana, Inc. (LFCL) to move our classes and programs over to Mid-City to better serve the Latino community. LFCL has supported programs for the Latino community for many years, and they also find themselves in a period of transition. They are interested in bringing OpNOLA into their programmatic fold and bringing English Language Education to Mid-City.

Aside from this exciting news, OpNOLA has been floating along, rounding out our summer programming. Our classes are in their final weeks, our interns are completing the final touches on their projects and we are starting to turn our attentions to next semester. This means new students and new interns, which means lots of revisions and database updates! This next semester we will happily have many new Tulane for-credit interns, CPS classes and even a new relationship with a Loyola data analysis class who will be coming in and doing some internal evaluations and projects to support OpNOLA’s data needs.

Financially, things are new and fresh. We have received sponsorship from the law firm of Braden, Gonzalez & Assoc. As well, we have very fun plans for our Sept events: pirate themed cocktails for a cause at the Rusty Nail (Thurs, Sept 19th) and the Fiesta and Art Auction at Casa Borrega (Sat, Sept 28th). We are, of course, applying for many grants and foundation support, but no big news has come about yet. Until then…

Adios! Hasta Luego!

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This entry was posted on September 5, 2013 by in VISTA Field Reports.

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