Newcomb Community Development Grant Recipients
Fellows Community Development Grant
Awardees: Allison Truitt (Tulane Department of Anthropology) and Cyndi Nguyen (Executive Director of VIET)
Organization: Vietnamese Economic Initiatives and Training (VIET)
Project: VIET Iris Pond
Grant funded the completion of an iris pond in the grounds of VIET in New Orleans East. The project fosters a relaxing area for women and girls in the organization and provides an opportunity for them to learn about the natural environment through classes about pond life, transplanting, and propagation and to conduct fundraising activities by cultivating and selling irises.
Schoenbaum Community Development Grant
Awardee: Jody Braunig
Organization: Girls on the Run New Orleans
Project: Girls on the Run New Orleans Scholarship Site
Grant funded scholarships for girls from low-income families to participate in the programming offered by Girls on the Run New Orleans, an organization that inspires girls to be healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
NAA Community Development Grant
Awardee: Erin Tooher Thompson
Organization: OportunidadesNOLA at the Latino Farmer’s Co-operative of Louisiana, Inc.
Project: Teaching English as a Second Language Certification for OportunidadesNOLA Instructors
Grant funded the participation of English instructors from OportunidadesNOLA in the Oxford Seminar Teachers of English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL) Certification Program in order to facilitate the organizations’ promotion of Latino immigrants’ successful integration into the greater New Orleans area through educational services.
Project Name: Sexual Assault and Abuse Advocacy: Teen Survivor Support Group
Organization Name: Metropolitan Center for Women and Children
Contact Person: Veronica Mollere, LMSW & Elizabeth McDermott MA
Amount Awarded: $1,500
Program Description: Through the “Sexual Assault and Abuse Advocacy: Teen Survivor Support Group”, METRO will provide teen sexual assault survivors with a needed peer support group.
Project Name: Hagar’s House
Organization Name: First Grace Community Alliance
Contact Person: Angela Davis
Amount Awarded: $2,000
Program Description: These funds will support and sustain holistic health and social justice programing at Hagar’s House, a sanctuary for women and children in New Orleans that provides a residential community, resource assistance, and a safe space to transition into permanent housing. The holistic programing consists of community dinners, maintaining an organic garden, weekly yoga classes and an all-women’s triathlon. The social justice programming consists of movie nights and conversations about an assortment of issues within social justice.
Organization Name: Smiles 2 Geaux
Contact Person: Jessica Katz (undergraduate student) and Yaye Sarr, PhD
Amount Awarded: $400
Program Description: Smiles 2 Geaux’s mission is to improve oral health care of underserved and disadvantaged populations in New Orleans. They provide oral healthcare to all populations regardless of age, socioeconomic status or location within Louisiana. Their school-based programs not only treat current oral conditions but also focus on oral health education and disease prevention.