Fighting Poverty with Passion
Greetings from Broadmoor! I am now nearly two months into my VISTA site assignment at the BIA. With that being said, my time at the BIA thus far has been eventful and exciting The BIA office spent a vast majority of the last week of August canvasing for the Hurricane Katrina 10th Anniversary Commemorative Gathering. The event led to a very full day that included service projects in the morning, an interfaith prayer service in the afternoon, and a second line to the community gathering pot luck that evening. Many residents, Tulane students, and volunteers from out-of-state came to assist with the service projects which turned out to be very successful. Some of the activities featured in the community gathering portion of the event included a community art project, Storycorps booths, historical displays, and a commemorative video. It was great to see all the residents turn out for this event and as an non-native Louisiana resident it was emotional and inspiring to hear stories from the residents here during Hurricane Katrina.
During this month, I was also able to attend the Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office: Neighborhood Leader’s Roundtable at the new University Medical Center on September 12th. The event gave me information about the Health Department’s “Community Health Improvement Plan.” The Q and A session during the roundtable helped me gain further insight into residents’ concerns about health services in the Greater New Orleans area which will allow me to better serve the residents of Broadmoor. Common concerns voiced by the residents were the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the mental health of residents and the environmental health hazards resulting from Hurricane Katrina still present a decade after the storm.
In other news, the Broadmoor Food Pantry is hosting a Thanksgiving Assistance Fundraiser on gofundme which can be found at the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/g536kfu4. Any contribution you make will help feed and assist at least 100 families this Thanksgiving season. Thank you!