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8 Things You Should Know About Working in NOLA Nonprofits

What’s it like to work at a nonprofit in New Orleans? Here are eight things you should know! 🙂

  1. King Cake in the office every day before Mardi Gras. And now that you’re an adult means that when you get the baby, you have to buy the next king cake.

This shimmery king cake from Sucre is very popular.

  1. Monday moods at the office are usually dictated by the Saints’ weekend performance.

Who dat say they gonna be dem saints?

  1. There is a general understanding that during Mardi Gras, no work will get done and offices, like the rest of the city, will be closed Monday-Wednesday. Not only for partying, but commuting in parade traffic is challenging.


  1. Networking is important in this city because everyone is interconnected and knows each other.

Check out this group photo of all the Tulane VISTAs. I now have connections at all these different nonprofit organizations, with focus areas ranging from affordable housing to youth development. Since I want to stay in New Orleans after my VISTA term ends, it is good to know that I can explore these different areas in my career path.

  1. Space heaters are your friends, and they come out in the office when the temperature drops below 60 degrees.

At Women With A Vision, we like sitting on the sun on the porch, which is warmer than our historic, drafty (but still charming!) New Orleans home.

  1. New Orleans runs on its own time, which means that professional meetings often start late.

I don’t know why the city is slower than others, like New York. Maybe it’s because the street cars are slow. Maybe it’s because everyone knows each other and has to say hi and catch up when we see each other. Maybe it’s because we parade from place to place. 

  1. Community coffee is your standard office blend.



Women With A Vision especially loves having meetings at CC’s Coffee House on Esplanade. 

  1. Happy hour fundraisers are a norm.

The Rusty Nail is a bar in the CBD that contributes a percentage of its profit on Thursdays to a local nonprofit. It is a popular spot for fundraisers.

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Check out the flyer for the WWAV fundraiser event.

Women With A Vision had a fundraiser at the Rusty Nail this month! Special thanks to all the Tulane clubs who took part in organizing it.  Shoutout to our Social Work intern, Mallory, who is Vice President of SWURF and Communications Intern, Shira, who is the Community Outreach Coordinator of SURF-TUPH!



This entry was posted on March 3, 2016 by in VISTA Field Reports.



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