Non-Profit Of The Month

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JUNE 2024: A. C. LEWIS YMCA

The Y is a nonprofit, community service organization with a focus on strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The Y makes sure that everyone, regardless of age, income, religion or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. 

The A. C. Lewis YMCA is a mid-city branch that has been serving the community since 1963. The Y is more than a gym. We are an inclusive organization inspiring people of all ages, abilities and incomes to live healthier in spirit, mind and body. At the Y, we don’t just provide programs and services, we transform lives.

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MAY 2024: DEBBIE'S DREAM FOUNDATION: CURING STOMACH CANCER

Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about stomach cancer, advancing funding for research, and providing education and support internationally to patients, families, and caregivers. DDF seeks as its ultimate goal to make the cure for stomach cancer a reality.

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APRIL 2024: HOGS FOR THE CAUSE

Not only does cancer take an enormous toll on the mental and physical health of the patients and its family members – it also has a tremendous financial impact. The costs associated with childhood cancer make it a struggle for families to get by and meet their needs while also being able to get their child to lifesaving treatment. For families already living in poverty, these difficulties are often multiplied.

At its heart, Hogs for the Cause is more than just a food and music festival. It’s a beacon of hope for families in the throes of pediatric brain cancer. The money raised is given as “no strings attached” grants, allowing families to use the funds for anything they need, from medical expenses to a fun family outing. To date, Hogs for the Cause has provided over 1,600 direct grants to families in need across various states, including Louisiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Georgia.

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MARCH 2024: HENRY AUCOIN FOUNDATION - HENRY'S HEARTS GALA

The Henry Aucoin Foundation is a nonprofit organization created in order to help families coming to New Orleans with children requiring heart surgeries, procedures, medication, equipment and transplants, as well as to give back to the community through special projects & events.  We seek to improve the experience and quality of life for pediatric heart patients and their families.

We are thrilled to announce that Henry’s Hearts Gala will be held Friday, March 8, 2024, at The Alexander Room in Metairie. Our goal is to raise money to distribute grants to families of children with Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) who are traveling to New Orleans and placed under financial burden(s) – whether it’s due to surgeries, procedures, medications, medical equipment, or other necessary resources. All proceeds from Henry’s Hearts Gala will benefit the Henry Aucoin Foundation (HAF), which will allocate these funds to pediatric heart patients and their families.

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FEBRUARY 2024: LOUISIANA CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S RIGHTS - CELEBRATION FOR CHILDREN'S RIGHTS

LCCR protects the constitutional right to an attorney for more than 90% of New Orleans’ children in the juvenile legal system – 447 children in 2022. Additionally, though our partnership with the East Baton Rouge Office of the Public Defender, we provided social work support to another 174 children last year. We’re so much more than a nonprofit law office though. We meet our kids at a moment of crisis and provide the wraparound services necessary to leave the legal system behind for good. We help our kids enroll in school, secure special education supports, access job training, and address trauma.

The result? More kids staying in their homes, schools, and communities. This means healthier young people, safer neighborhoods, and saved taxpayer dollars. We’re continually inspired by the strength of our kids and how, working with LCCR’s programming, they build brighter futures for themselves.

The Celebration for Children’s Rights affords us the opportunity to celebrate our successes and come together to make Louisiana a better place for all children.

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JANUARY 2024: HOME IS HERE NOLA - COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND LEGAL AID PROJECT

More asylum-seekers are detained in LA than in any other state in the nation outside of TX. The 4,000 people held daily in the 9 rural LA jails are isolated from support as well as any type of legal representation needed to make their asylum claims.

Home is Here NOLA is a local nonprofit with a mission to build community-based systems of support with newly arriving immigrants in the Gulf South. Newly arriving immigrants state that the three most critical needs they have in our region include community relationships, housing, and legal aid. Home is Here’s work focuses on building capacity in these areas.

Home is Here and its partners have developed a unique solution as part of a statewide Community Education and Legal Aid Project. After months of community mapping and consultation, they have developed a specialized curriculum for post-release legal orientation that offers basics on how to navigate immigration processes when people are just arriving or just released from detention. This innovative orientation includes information most frequently asked for by new arrivals and includes essential and practical tools that people can immediately use to guide their way if they don’t have an attorney.

This is a critically important and practical step to offering accessible legal aid to one of the most invisible communities in our state who need it most – asylum-seekers.

We hope to translate the curriculum into languages most used by arriving asylum-seekers and train community partners to implement these critical legal aid orientations where they are most needed in Louisiana.

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