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WWL’s Monica Pierre discusses various community projects and services that benefit the infrastructure of Greater New Orleans.

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Good Sunday and welcome to the show on this New Orleans jazz and heritage festival weekend. So much for joining us I'm your host. Monica years. Coming up our community is getting really tired out it is very exciting green for hours giving campaign details of how owners can. Hundreds of area nonprofits drew did you know a day goes by that greater New Orleans pounding. Luck equivalents 25 years it's raised in excess of one point five billion pounds of food. Lauren how you can help letter carriers helped harvest food bank there about hunger act. Great books college's women's privileges should historically black colleges. How do as a salute their free privileges of opposition to pick those. We'll take a look at the role of private liberal arts education. Well it's just around the corner. Give Nolan day and everyone's excited from those organizations. To even the donors. We're joined now by a Rachel's Juan with a greater New Orleans foundation and racial thank you for being with us thank you so much in morning on good morning yes as the anticipation building. Absolutely air am and community is getting really fired up for this very exciting 24 hour. Giving campaign. We kick off at midnight on Monday to Tuesday we wrap up Redmond ninety Zeta Wednesday and leave act. 717. Amazing organizations for him. A variety of parishes here in southeast Louisiana so. Everybody. Can find somebody who's helps them out or that has a cause they believe in it's really an exciting time. This is only the third tier the fourth airforce Kyrie fourth year and it really act can't remember when we didn't have given tag. So the thinking for years ago. My understanding I was in with a team but I am happy to be here now is the idea was to make sure everybody in the community knows. All the nonprofits that do all of this amazing work for. Everyone who lives here everyone who visits here every when you think sit here and also to make shirt donors understand that. Ten dollars can truly make a difference it sounds like not much it's maybe two days of fancy coffee it's. Something easy for a lot of folks to be able to do in so you know philanthropist. Is in being enlarged. Sort of ominous sounding word in some ways inserted be it we wanted to make sure everyone understands they can be philanthropist and over the years those ten dollars have really added up how much has this whole effort Rory. I'm I want sailor right act before this year or write it about ten million dollars collectively con last year was four million article for this year's four point five but I. I'm secretly hoping we can blow that out of the water and set a new ad benchmark with our community and the number of non profits how is that evolved over the years with types of nonprofits have we seen it to really harm. Escalated over the years as folks have come to understand what given only they can do for an organization. The first year there are around 300 participants. And now we're up to 717. And what this day allows organizations to do. Is reach out to folks that have supported them maybe as a volunteer as a board member as a parent as a constituent in some way and remind them. The work that the nonprofit has done to make an impact in their lives. And so it it it helps nonprofits build their own capacity to communicate about their mission to use social media to. Have an individual donor database you know it it's really it him into an event that face is a lot of different directions and does a lot of things. Given Nolan date is may second just around the corner we're joined by Rachel's wander with the greater New Orleans foundation. And of course this is the city we do things with flair it's going to be a big kick. I've big festival he had its and we're excited his this year wearing her new. I'm building the center for philanthropy. At 919 seen Charles which is. Where saint Charles and Howard and we circle meet. And we're gonna have a music fest that's free and open to everybody starting at. We're thirty on May second two if you're in the neck of the woods come on down we're we've got some folks who might hurt. This is nice lady she's cunning using music scene in my time he yeah but he makes and it is crazy business. I honestly promise these for him I'm bad joke here and down. Also and it's big Sam's funky nation and rebirth brass band and have a lot of food for sales so. You know if you after you get are working on. A drinker snack and some good times has come on down hang out and a portion of the proceeds from all the sales goats you. What we call Bellini fund and that says. Awesome component of give and only days that the staff for the greater new loans foundation works all year round ten refineries for. Indy goes. Proportionally or to the participating organizations to help cover some of the fees associated with online giving so. You eating and drinking is actively being a philanthropist as you see it all counts and all adds up the how does one participate in give no. Absolutely at from the donor cited super easy users navigate to give Nolan dot org. And you find a nonprofit or 717 non profits that you wanna support. Independent and gift is ten dollars and you just use a credit card. And putting any he'll get a receipt for your tax purposes. The nonprofit oversees the information that you can needed to look at the responds. OK and little bit of Romania funds. And I don't make a difference in the community that's amazing and I think what it does also fought right to fund a nonprofit. It puts them in front of their supporters and their donors as well absolutely yet it's not every day they get to to stand in the sun and shine as they shift. Anything else people should know about give Noah this year in just may second mixture set an alarm and that takes five minutes and give a little or give a lot on the there's prizes given out throughout the day Acer humanized keep an eye on the web site there's. Development throughout Aaron as the day progresses and you can help us. Return four point five million dollar goal for our community and maybe even exceeded. Amazing so we do have the website jostled social media yes yes I you can connect with a greater neurons foundation on with a host of give and holiday and more on FaceBook. Twitter and we have an in sectarian. If you use the hash tag give no arm that'll connect you with a whole variety. All the posts from non profits there's also give you which focuses on the you know on products and give North Shore because. We are regional foundation and soon you can see with those organizations do. You know radio reaches everywhere so in the tree in the special sad note to those communities and yes he can exploring the dominant rabbit. You'll have to Pakistan and celebrate with paths and at minimal get the addition of ten dollars yet something that many people can do so. Good luck with everything this year. Thank you so much has been joined by officials Juan or with the greater New Orleans foundation. We're going to die a rich Heckman he is president of the council of independent colleges. It's an association of more than 600. Colleges and universities. First of all rich thank you for being with us today. So where mark thank you. For those not familiar with your council council of independent colleges tell us about it and its mission. Sure their counsel and independent colleges system national service organization for the nation's 600 plus. The small medium sized private institutions. These institutions repression enormous. Diversity of approaches to. Higher education that are. Great books college's women's colleges and historically black colleges and cult is affiliated with a pretty. Religious denomination you can think of them those that are. Truly secular orientation as well. What we do for them to do is to help the leaders of these colleges to their college better. Can conferences and publications and other things we try to maximize. The effectiveness of the work for the presidents Deans and leopard directors for teachers and faculty about the work. If it's at Tulane University LA you'll love art dealer centenary. Do they even though they're Dover still they have common issues a challenge. Absolutely. All of our colleges which are certain characteristic one is that there are primarily teaching or if it. But voters who they believe and lively interaction between students and faculty members and students and students. Third is that they believe that what goes on outside the courtroom was full it is important to be educational experience. What goes inside the courtroom. And for a these colleges are quite explicit about the institutional values of the members of the religious leaders of the founders it's almost to number. There's and philosophies and institutions it was a one sort of commitment to grow. Selling you talk about where they are let's talk about liberal arts education in general what are we seeing. In the 21 century is as we always talk about it think about the cost and the rising cost of higher education. Well to talk about this and two liters per one news the liberal urged countries and toward extol. And you know there is that the business model private collections in pursuit. As for transfer of liberal arts there's no question these stories that probably as a result of 2000 recession. But everyone's got post graduate important on the march. And one of the reforms two exes that some students and their parents are more skeptical. Of the wisdom majoring in field in the liberal arts or what but he really well and knows whether. Johnny Anderson you'll be employable in the graduate. Desist its sweet shall that would alert grow our troops are very portable. And indeed that their salaries though offered Torre and scroll up and our head of the shores of people some more over professional fields. We can talk about it regardless it will it will become an on the other part of your question the viability of the business model for small colleges. In fact it education is an expensive business across the law to give to transform the experience to. Young person. And small scale does not able. What does it feel below is the congress by the colleges and universities. There's no public money raised by presidents and boards of trustees that virtually the whole as the full sticker production through Whittle. And in fact these are overture and the students pretty news. The world less than half of the total pro incidents for lower incomes students it'll blow less than. That you know that them. Or private colleges Reeves and distribute substantially more money in. Private institutional financially it is distributed in the four hole it's from the federal government. No I did not know that truly remarkable. Workable. Let's go back to the place where you say like when when students in her college at least the parents on their minds basically I will my child be able to find a job. Once he or she graduates. So for those who say over my heart's desire is English literature are and it was they you better find something that it will get you a job. How is that the parents balance that with the students. Passion at that point. Well what we try to do is to make available to our colleges. Statistics. That prove the point that it should major liberal arts fielder Newton just fine giving joke or in groups show. It's simply not true. Liberal arts graduates and to bring restores. If there's different field. Of inquiries and and the pecking order. Among leaders in different fields from the days after graduation to. 510 years later is really remarkable communal extradition. If you look at people. And this is all taken from some work that Tony undervote in Georgetown University. If you look at. Chemistry graduates they start with. The role to Google so as to appoint two years later they're way ahead of meters in every other field. And if you then look at. City. Architecture. Graduate to the east are pretty near the bottom that he only go up some small distance over. Lunch time of their careers. Very interesting we are talking to rich Beckman and he is the president of the council looked independent colleges we're talking about. They're sold 600 or so universities and colleges are part of the association. You would just recently in New Orleans rich tell us about why you would hear and what was the outcome of the meeting. One of the things we focused on passengers Marcus helping colleges make that large birds. More helpful to students and the nature of leopard materials and change. From print or law. And at the workshop that we can organized in the world focused on the relationship. Library used to work in the arts music and art history together dense. And help. Faculty members librarians and teens understand better what currency library collections. Portland schools for materials. Would be most useful to students. As they go about trying to be term papers and a in a world where they want to use who's not limited to. Printed books on the shuttle that concludes sign on to manuscript the film. And do interviews and computer. And all sorts of ways of understanding. The arts. You mentioned the arts and there is some concern that. The future of arts under the current administration. What is the association or even university president's thinking about where we're headed. Will power approaches which are by and large growth and in the liberal or are very concerned. Also the national endowment for the Kennedys are national title for the arts could be harmful. To the grant programs that they. Rolando. And you know you'll understand that these too small for literally contusion and he compared to some arbitrary and cabinet level agencies and yet but. From small groups they produce enormous amounts of improvement and change on Cogent and campuses. Is the thinking that. As many people as possible should go to a university. Or college. Why is it more toward who can really afford it. Well it everywhere can afford it that's mostly. And we continue all provinces statistics spiritual movement. Low income students not only goal here. Larger percentages that's small private colleges movement due to large public universities but they're more likely to graduate. And this because of his support systems that are important so perfect for. But students started now from scuttle bowling from first to emerge told background the chances of success. Or much greater going to. Probably it's commotion in the financial institutions. Via. The other part of your question but from what happened she. Or lost. Yeah all the just basically than those. Everybody should go our owing only those who can that not everybody can really know some we can't afford to go to Cairo. Well everyone kept. At fort approach and that doesn't mean taking an enormous amounts of debt either comfortable private college. Graduate took note of that whatsoever. Ever to. Something like 191000 dollars and it has an interest is that ever true for the test that kicked. No was 191000 dollars a lot of money sure it is and it'll happen. But compare that with the Lloyd timer earnings. Potential. Both going to college which most people estimated gross two million dollars it's that's small investment division once future. And you touched upon it and have had this this discussion with many people over the years and as the daughter of sharecroppers and the first in our family to go to college I just. And so proud that we were able to go to college and graduated. But the question India and the discussion is well do you go to college. Primarily to learn a. In my argument is Suu Kyi can do bowl. And in fact that two goals of going to college are perfectly. Compatible form. Butler and the track record of our institutions and what they're it would structure. Is out. Well you have become the president asked the association what most product so far. Gosh. That's a tough question. I guess so very proud of resurgent data that we managed collective action figures that document. So we'll go to Portugal open Beijing to do that are so Carter and two to a lot of people. For example. Where and people first started talking about student tipped as though it was simply got to control we do some. Big big gathering brings them. Public sources and the conclusion mentions that can does not control the smartest. It's not growing. Those to mention and technical and from private college is hardly the multiple all of that are paying back the country's history. I regret troops of other kinds of institutions. This is just you know. In fact to blow open the way in which or which which enters the world. A rich Pacman is also an essayist and your essays have appeared in the chronicle of higher education and university business inside tire and Washington Post so you have really looked at this examine this in your apparently your passion is right in this area. We're trying to make the case for this form of education Christian really believe it is the most effective it is and it's uniquely American. The small brewers got. Rich thank you so much of being with us we appreciated. Our troops grid operator thank you. It's coming up very soon stamp out hunger. At the letter carriers helps second harvest food bank we're joined by Jay Vice communications and marketing. Manager wit. Second harvest food bank today thank you for being with us thank you as always markets grew exceed all right we look forward to it is just such a neat way to. To really help both of us stamp out. Unger well Saturday may thirteenth is our annual stamp out hunger food drive. And actually this is the 25 year of this drive it's put on by the national letter carriers union in partnership with the post office. And with food banks like us around the country in the last 25 years this is the biggest food drive of the a year of that any body holds up over the last 25 years. It's raised in excess of one point five billion with a B pounds of food. Locally here in the greater New Orleans area with our food drive which encompasses Orleans Jefferson and saint Bernard Parks the North Shore. Tip though. We raised almost 300000 pounds of food in one day last year and we'd like to exceed that this year and it's coming up in just a couple of weeks he opened to shatter that record. In data gets a little bit bigger every year this year though. Were able to put out more than half million bags paper backs looked form in your mailbox we'll put on about 460000. Last year. Thinks or friend to BP for sponsoring this normally. There'd be no way we could afford to our budget to purchase and distribute a half million bags. But they've been sponsoring this year after year so thanks to BP were able to do that thanks to the post office allowing us to put him in each mailbox in four parishes. Also we wouldn't be able to afford to do that with their partner when this in this so. Putting out half a million barracks in the week leading up to may thirteenth and then on May thirteenth that morning please fill the bag with nonperishable food items. Leave it up your letter carrier and they'll bring it into a house. And the made thirteen to date is very strategic because of it coming into an area of the year where there's a great need for food Indy week we have folks who don't a year around the people tend to being. And plan to be a little more generous around the holidays is when we get a lot of annual giving but. We're headed into a time where there's not as many donations the shelves are little more bare. And more also headed into a time during summer feeding more were also helping. Children we have our during the school year kids can get a meal at school we never afterschool kits cafe program that feeds thousands of kids but. For children that don't have them necessarily a place to get a nutritious meal. Gearing today Summers can be tough so having extra food on hand from the stroke and others is critically important this time of the year. Do we forget that there are hungry people in their area because the food is so great there's so many great festivals we celebrate food. And that we forget that not every line is eating and having asked excess to good food. That's one of the things that struck me when a joint second harvest a little over three years ago that in. A state and region in the city that's known for having probably the best food and best variety of food. In the country in the world. That we still have a problem with one in three families being at risk of hunger across the state in in our area one and five children. Go and hungrier reject. So it's it does seem ironic that we have to have food drives that we have to also. Race funds to help get the zone theater trucks out to the hundreds of pantries that we support. But sadly that is the case there's a lot of people in every neighborhood of every social strata. Who we hear this every week people who come to a food bank for the first time one of the many pantries that we supporters soup kitchens homeless shelters. You say and six months ago I never thought it would be in the situation. I never thought I would have need for a local food pantries and church pantry. And and what's really redeeming those a lot of those folks are they get some short term helping get back on their feet. They turn around and get back to become our volunteers some of them start their own food pantries and soup kitchens and things like that so. Becomes full circle in this one of the reasons it's so rewarding to help people. De vices are guest communications and marketing manager with second harvest food bank. You mentioned today the volunteers give an idea what volunteers in general. Due to support second half. Volunteers we have thousands of its more than 7500. Individual volunteers. A lot of these folks are retirees who help out and our community kitchen a lot of home 234 days a week comment. Help prepare the meals for senior meals for kids cafe for children and things like that. A lot of folks help out in our re packed room because every donation that we did in its millions of pounds of donations every year thankfully. But each one of those cans and bags of pasta needs to be eyeball to needs to be inspected for. Virtual expiration date and we'll take things a little past their expiration date. But we checking for damage that there are you know good to pass on because we wouldn't pass on anything to people we serve. That we wouldn't serve per family or her hamper ourselves so. Volunteers help us across the spectrum with things that go out help us pick citrus in season we have groups of my fifth year hunter people. Because people with orchard will donate acres and acres of citrus to his. The volunteers who come in and help us pick at the town at those places. For folks who like to be a volunteer first thing to do is to get into our system register as a volunteer. And that way you'll also be on hand in times of disaster where first responder agency. And you can go to our website which is no dash hunger dot ORG it's no hyphen hunger dot org. We're just Google second harvest food bank agreed in the world and soon will be the first results did and get registered as volunteers then you'll get our alerts adult. Powell we need your help. It's the 25 annual stamp out hunger. By the letter carriers the national association of letter carriers along with second harvest food bank. Joining forces once again to help stamp out. Unger Doug gamble we talked about the nonperishable. Food items. Bags of rice and pasta as we always think of the canned goods they can really expand beyond that. Pretty much anything that you buy for your pantry is something that we would like you to consider picking up they could beat Costa. It could be Louisiana products that are against type products McCormick type products that are made and distributed right here. Well I think we really ask folks to stay away from as anything in glass bottles almost anything you can buy glare she combined in a different type of just because the volume. Of you don't come you know big box of hundreds of pounds of donations one glass bottle and there can cause problems but other than that. We pretty much except to pretty much anything and everything at a web site note ash hunger dot org. A list of recommended items and in the bags that were going to be distributing them this letter carriers food drive the week leading up to may thirteenth. On the outside of the bag is printed. A list of suggested items that you can. Donates this for this Boudreau then also any other food. Just look for your bag is then of course on May thirteen Saturday may thirteenth that's when we'll have stamp out hunger food drive. They think being with us thank you Monica so much again for having us here. My pleasure. It's an annual event that teaches budding young entrepreneur nor is the power of business and business skills. It is the annual preliminary data Louisiana. We're joined by Larry gives CEO of Gibbs construction. And this year's New Orleans lemonade de Louisiana city champion good morning thanks for being with festive morning Monica the numbers keep. Growing more than 25000. Children expected to participate in this year's lemonade day so far a 100000 why do you think the numbers keep growing because. Zig do produce a benefit because because touch children from four to twelve. Very formative years and probably who are very intimidated by shell unless eliminate two person. And when they faced if it is just like all of us that tasted his image is just a bit. And all of a sudden the ability courage and as simple and trite as that may sound SL a glass of lemonade. It can have a tremendous effect so. I think is successful because it is growing because it produces good and I think that that good that confidence reflection every aspect of their life. And let's say synonymous gonna have a lemonade stand for a Correia. But that's still way to start a career and you gotta have a start and that's a good place to do it. But also about this year any particular kick off day I know that there's also a special day. That's also set aside as well well may is sixties lemonade day. And every day up to may sixth is is opportunity. For a parent to encourage that children for teachers to encourage their students. To a friend X they're in encouraged another friend to participate. And it's not a try to that is very good day a life changing event naturally well I'd like to look at it. And so every day is. A day of preparation for May sixth on May the sixth. When you see eliminate an adult books by lemonade stand by some lemonade encouraged a boy. That's the other girl that's for the help them grow help them become a better person help them believe in themselves. And this has the opportunity to do it thanks again for being with the Larry it's been a pleasure Monica thank you very much. Then his own issue fourteen days or photos and more information on today's topic follow me on FaceBook and Monica Pierre. Thanks for joining us until that time enjoy this Sunday and the rest of the.