Fighting Poverty with Passion
Halloween is over, but that doesn’t mean that the spirits aren’t still lurking around.
The past month has been very busy at the center as we planned for the 9th Annual Freret Halloween Fest. The Halloween Fest is usually hosted by Neighborhood Housing Services. This year, however, we began moving forward with community capacity building and passed the event on to Neighbors United. We still provided support by collecting costume donations, getting and managing volunteers, and decorating the park. Other sponsor organisations such as the Evans Playground Booster Club (through NORDC), Ochsner Baptist, Junior League of New Orleans, and ricRack Inc. contributed a lot to planning and running the event – we really couldn’t have done it without them!
As one of the biggest events that the center supports, it was a relief that the event turned out really well. Despite the rain, the kids were having fun running around in their Halloween costumes, getting their face painted, and consuming an excessive amount of candy. ricRack handled the Halloween costumes and fitted the kids, while Junior League set up games, and a number of other volunteers helped with sign-ins, candy, and serving food. There were also teenagers from around the neighborhood who help every year with costumes, and two really talented sisters that do the face painting.
Nobody cried, all the kids seemed happy, and the event was a success!
Now, NHS is gearing up to do a few more projects. We are supporting another event later this month-a Freret Neighborhood get-together hosted by the Evans Playground Booster Club. It’ll be another fun afternoon with residents and some local businesses tabling. The center is also starting a Seniors Computer Class! A couple of volunteers developed a four session curriculum to teach seniors about computer and Internet basics. Soon, they’ll be stalking their grandkids on Facebook. With these projects already set to go, we are beginning to plan for 2016!