Fighting Poverty with Passion
As a VISTA from New Orleans, I did not know what to expect when choosing to serve in my hometown. I graduated from college in May, and I knew I was returning to New Orleans with a different sense of “home.” My close friends no longer live here, and while in college, my parents moved from New Orleans where my dad served as the Chief of Police to Baltimore, Maryland. This dynamic changed my relationship with the city, and I was excited to experience New Orleans through a new perspective. Though I was born and raised here, I often relate to the transition of many of the VISTAs who relocated to New Orleans for their VISTA year. Serving the greater New Orleans community has given me a greater understanding of community and how to build community especially when it has been threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
I work with the Lafitte Greenway, a 2.6 mile linear park that connects 6 neighborhoods throughout the city as the design and engagement coordinator. My short time as a VISTA has shown me how to collectively organize to create meaningful, safe, and equitable public spaces that benefit my community. Serving an organization whose impact aligns with what I’ve always wanted to see in the Greater New Orleans area has been a valuable experience, and I am excited for what is to come during the rest of my VISTA year.