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What is “meaningful service work”?

On Wednesday, December 6th, through rain-drenched highways, I made my way over to the Arc of Greater New Orleans. It was here I was serving as the Volunteer Coordinator on … Continue reading

December 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

Field Report 3: Operation Spark- Amaya Hampton

It has been another eventful month at Operation Spark. We have held info sessions every Thursday except the week of Thanksgiving. We started our next Prep class on November 27 … Continue reading

December 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

This Holiday Season, Keep It Local

This holiday season, I encourage you to keep it local. Local businesses have such a strong presence in New Orleans and we should support them. I believe that in order … Continue reading

December 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ray Bucknell

    Last week, I spoke with students from my alma mater, Bucknell University. They came to visit New Orleans on behalf of the Katrina Recovery Team. This team is dedicated to … Continue reading

November 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Collaboration is Key – Field Report: Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans

Last week I presented a mapping project I’ve been working on for the Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans. We convened in the beautiful GNOF building in a room overlooking … Continue reading

November 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Field Report 4: Meg Nielsen 504HealthNet

Fingerprints on the NOLA Landscape For the last month, I’ve been creating pieces for 504HealthNet in order to advertise the Affordable Care Act enrollment period. This week, I finally got … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Field Report 2: An Annual (3 month) Review

December is almost here so that means the year is almost over (WOW!) and annual reviews are due. I was termed with the task of writing my annual review which … Continue reading

November 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Building on rock and roll

My year of service with unCommon Construction is almost at its one-third mark! What an anniversary. What drew me to this non-profit is its ties to education AND construction — … Continue reading

November 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

200 Homes for the Hoildays

UNITY is gearing up for our holiday campaign. This year’s goal is to house 200 chronically homeless people and families. We, along with our 60 collaborative agencies, are determined to … Continue reading

November 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

3 Hours to Angola

Yesterday, I took the long three hour trip to Louisiana State Penitentiary or as it is commonly called, “Angola” because of the origin of the slaves that worked on the old plantation that the prison is … Continue reading

November 15, 2017 · Leave a comment


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