Disaster Preparedness Summit on June 19, 2019

Good afternoon,

In preparation for hurricane season, which begins June 1st, the Greater New Orleans Foundation is hosting a Disaster Preparedness Summit at the New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) at 725 Howard Ave. New Orleans, LA 70130) on Wednesday, June 19th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

In partnership with the Louisiana Association of Nonprofits (LANO), the first half of our summit will be a workshop for nonprofit organizations to create a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP). We plan to provide you with portable, practical tools that will help your organization better prepare for disaster.

After lunch, there will be a presentation from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP). GOHSEP will be here to introduce their new Community Preparedness Branch, offer an overview of their programs, and discuss what assistance exists for nonprofit organizations that engage in disaster response and recovery.

Click here to RSVP to the Disaster Preparedness Summit




Kristen Craig
Nonprofit Leadership & Effectiveness Associate
email: kristen@gnof.org
office: 504.598.4663  direct: 504.620.5272
Greater New Orleans Foundation
Center for Philanthropy
919 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130

Our Voice/Nuestra Voz “Louisiana Community Power Summit” on May 18, 2019

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We are almost a week away from the Louisiana Community Power Summit next Saturday, May 18th– are you ready???


We are SO excited to announce that the one and only DJ JUBILEE will be performing at the Summit! This New Orleans bounce legend will be sure to have you all moving!

Get it ready get it ready get it ready ready!

The Louisiana Community Power Summit will take place on the Lafitte Greenway, at Galvez St. and Lafitte Ave, from 10:30am to 5:00pm! You can preview some of the sessions and find more info here.

Stay tuned– more details and big announcements coming next week!

We can’t wait to build power with you May 18th!

HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! Tell your friends–share on social media!



(en español)


Estamos casi a una semana de la Cumbre Comunitaria de Poder de Louisiana el próximo sábado 18 de mayo, ¿estás listo?


¡Estamos muy emocionados de anunciar que DJ JUBILEE se presentará en la Cumbre! ¡Esta leyenda de la música Bounce de Nueva Orleáns hará que todos se pongan a bailar!

¡Prepárate, prepárate, prepárate, listo!

La Cumbre Comunitaria de Poder de Louisiana se llevará a cabo en el Lafitte Greenway, en Galvez St. y Lafitte Ave, de 10:30 a.m. a 5:00 p.m. Puedes ver algunas de las sesiones y encontrar más información aquí.

¡Estén atentos a más detalles y grandes anuncios que se publicarán la próxima semana!

No podemos esperar a crear contigo el 18 de mayo!

¡Ayúdanos a compartir la palabra! ¡Dile a tus amigos y comparte en las redes sociales!



Our Voice/Nuestra Voz: Hosts the Louisiana Community Power Summit (LCPS), May 18th, 2019

Taylor Castillo
Our Voice Nuestra Voz
(504) 641-3862   | taylor@ovnv.org





NEW ORLEANS: On May 18th 2019, Our Voice Nuestra Voz (OVNV), in partnership with other statewide community partners, will host the Louisiana Community Power Summit (LCPS) a first-of-its-kind gathering to build community and power among over 500 parents from all corners of the state.

Louisiana ranks 49th in the United States for educational outcomes. We have the second highest incarceration rate in the nation. Our prisons and detention centers are disproportionately filled by youth with special needs, youth from low-income families, and youth from Black and Brown communities. Immigrant families are facing an unjust political climate. ICE arrests from the New Orleans field office increased 65 percent from 2016 to 2017. Beyond this, a continually growing immigrant population is not met with the essential services our state should be providing. We must build power together, so that communities can act to create change across the whole state.

Parents are often overwhelmed by the busyness of daily life. Siloed in our own communities, we are left to fight our issues independently. The Louisiana Community Power Summit (LCPS) aims to massively expand parent power by connecting parents from all over the state who are all facing similar issues in their schools, districts, and communities. Together, participants will build their collective power around education, immigration, and criminal justice. They will delve into the power structures, organizing principles, and more to discover new ways to increase equity throughout Louisiana.

The LCPS will focus on three goals for parents: building community, gaining information, and taking action. Parents will foster community by building connections with parents from all over the state. Rather than just focusing on individual issues, or a single city’s issues, parents will take on the issues that they all face together. They will gain information through keynote speakers, panels, and on-site resources. They will take action by participating in break-out sessions and workshops, heeding calls to action from speakers, and participating in next steps through our larger organizing network.

The summit will take place on Saturday, May 18th and will consist of nationally recognized speakers, musical acts, and learning sessions. A full list of participating organizations can be found here. Location and registration details will be announced at a later date. We invite organizations and community members interested in being a sponsor or vendor at the event to email rochelle@ovnv.org for packages and more information.

Our Voice Nuestra Voz is an education advocacy organization that teams with community members, parents, and educators in New Orleans to break down the many barriers impacting the underserved. OVNV is building coalitions to lead the charge in identifying concerns and creating solutions for a more equitable New Orleans. Winning big will require our collective voices, power, and collaboration between Black and Brown people.

Louisiana, let’s build.

About the organization Our Voice Nuestra Voz (OVNV) is a 501(c)(3) organization that builds the capacity of parents to act as advocates in order to ensure that all children in New Orleans have access to a great school.



City of New Orleans, Neighborhood Summit, Dec. 2, 2017

Dear All,

I hope this email finds everyone well. I am writing to personally invite you all to be part of this year’s Neighborhood Summit on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Please see attached flyer for more information.

I know some of you have already registered. I am asking that you please share and extend this invitation with all of your contacts.

The theme of this year’s summit is Celebrating 300 years of Resilient Neighborhoods: Laying a Strong Foundation for the Future.

Attendees can choose to participate in a variety of skill building workshops and panel discussions on public safety, affordable housing, building a more resilient New Orleans as well as working strategically with government. The Summit will also feature a resource fair that includes city agencies, local non-profits and community groups. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Registration is open at: www.nola.gov/summit  or call 504-658-4980. I know some of you have already registered. I am asking that you please continue to share and extend this invitation with all of your contacts.

The Summit is being held in partnership with J.P. Chase Morgan, NOLA for Life, National Wildlife Federation, Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development (CSED), and Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA).


Neighborhood Summit (Saturday, December 2, 2017)

Over the past six years, Neighborhood Engagement has produced the  Neighborhood Summit, our one-day professional development conference for residents. The annual event brings neighborhood leaders and City agencies together to share information, develop new skills, and strengthen their relationships. This day-long event promotes meaningful partnership between residents and local government, partnerships that when supported have the power to weaken entrenched cynicism and disengagement, providing a different paradigm for the public working with government. The Summit also serves as the  year-end event, celebrating the work and initiatives of the Neighborhood Engagement Office and our partners.  This year’s theme Celebrating 300 years of Resilient Neighborhoods: Laying a Strong Foundation for the Future is centered on celebrating the impact and investment that neighborhood leaders have contributed to build a more resilient city. As we approach the City’s 300 anniversary, we want to acknowledge how far our neighborhoods have come and focus strengthening resident’s capacity to build a stronger more resilient city.

Please REGISTER TODAY if you have not done so yet.

See you all then!!!



Lisbeth L. Pedroso

Neighborhood Liaison | District C – West Bank

Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office | City of New Orleans

1300 Perdido Street | Suite 8E15 | New Orleans, LA 70112

llpedroso@nola.gov | (o) 504-658-4933 | (c) 504-623-5697


2017 Neighborhood Summit Photo Contest

How did your neighborhood begin?  Who are your neighbors?  What makes your neighborhood unique? What makes your neighborhood/community special?  What does your neighborhood mean to New Orleans? Tell the story of your neighborhood (association) in pictures.
Getting Started:  

All associations wanting to participate in the photo contest must register for the contest here.

A link will then be emailed to you where you can submit photos.

Photo submissions must:

  • include youth and seniors
  • include a community/neighborhood activity
  • include pre/post Katrina photos
  • highlight key projects, landmarks within the neighborhood, favorite things/places (scenery, favorite neighborhood spot, church/school, etc.)
  • not be stock photos, photo-shopped, or have filters or borders

Rules and Eligibility:

  • Contest begins Tuesday, November 7, 2017.  All submissions must be uploaded and submitted by midnight Saturday, November 18, 2017.
  • Contest open to all neighborhood associations in Orleans Parish.
  • No fee to enter.
  • Must have at least 5 residents from neighborhood association register to attend Summit to be considered.
  • An association may only enter the contest once.  Multiple submissions will be disqualified.
  • Can submit up to 10 photos.
  • Photo submissions must be original as NEO will have permission to print and display photos at the Neighborhood Summit.
  • Winners will be selected by contest committee and will be announced and displayed at the 2017 Neighborhood Summit.
  • One association per council district will win.
  • Prizes: $100 gift card

Questions? Call (504) 658-4980.


GNO Fair Housing Action Center: 10th Annual Fit For A King Fair Housing Summit, January 13th

Please join the GNO Fair Housing Action Center on January 13, 2017 for our 10th annual Fit for a King Fair Housing Summit. This year’s theme is “Defending the Dream: The Future of Fair Housing.” As we prepare for what will very likely be a challenging four years, now is the time to come together to strategize about how we can protect the gains of our movement and continue pushing forward.

Fit for King is held each year on the Friday before Martin Luther King weekend to honor Dr. King and all of the heroes of the Chicago Freedom Movement, which laid the groundwork for the 1968 Fair Housing Act. Their vision and courage continue to inspire us, and their example can help strengthen us for the work ahead.

We are excited to announce that award-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones will deliver the keynote address. Ms. Hannah-Jones writes about racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine, focusing particularly on policies that create and reinforce segregation in housing and schools.

Fit for a King will take place Friday, January 13th at Delgado Community College from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Summit panels and sessions will discuss the landmark adoption of a non-discriminatory criminal background policy at HANO, the historic commitments the City of New Orleans has made to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing, upcoming threats at the local, state and federal level, and the tools we have to advance housing justice in these uncertain times.

Fit for a King is free and open to the public, but registration is appreciated as space is limited. We hope to see you there.

National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) September 14, 2016

Good afternoon everyone! I hope you guys are having a fantastic day. It is my pleasure to invite you to the next event that Puentes will co-convene with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) to take place on September 14th, 2016. This is the time that Puentes is participating in a event of this magnitude and we would love to have you join us at Crowne Plaza on Canal Street.

Please register to come and take advantage of the various panel discussions we will have at the event for you to make a difference in the way we help our communities prosper. Use the link here and keep in mind that this summit will address many issues our community member face, besides housing challenges. Small business opportunities for minority owned business will also be discussed, as well as education, community efforts to keep our neighborhoods safe, etc.


If you have any difficulty registering, please let me know right away to assist you.

PS: Scroll below to learn more about what will be discussed at the summit. Hope to see you all there showing your support to Puentes!

Wednesday, September 14
12:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Astor Crowne Plaza
739 Canal St at Bourbon
New Orleans, LA 70130

Special $10 rate, regular $50 (please use this link)

A decade after Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana is becoming a hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurship. But while the resilient Bayou State is in the midst of economic growth, not every resident is benefitting. NCRC’s Louisiana Reinvestment Summit will bring together community-based organizations, financial institutions and public officials to collaborate on strategies to open doors to economic opportunity for all Louisianans.

Community wealth building
Environmental impacts on housing
Healthy communities
Overcoming barriers to banking services
Capital & credit for minority businesses
Foreclosure prevention
Workforce development for returning citizens
Community reinvestment
Community development partnerships
Faith based community development

Advocacy and organizing groups working on economic justice issues
Community leaders and faith-based institutions
Affordable housing and housing counseling organizations
Fair housing and civil rights organizations
Community Development Financial Institutions
Neighborhood stabilization and community revitalization groups
Academics and foundations
Social service providers and government agencies
Local small businesses and business development agencies
Bank Community Reinvestment and Community Development Officers

Foundation for Louisiana
Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance
Multi – Cultural Development Center
Neighborhood Development Foundation
Northwest Louisiana CDC
Puentes New Orleans

Scarlet E. García
Housing Programs Director|Directora de Programas de Vivienda
(504) 821-7228 OFFICE
(504) 491-4520 CELL
4205 CANAL STREET, New Orleans, LA 70119
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