Philanthropy Live!

Sponsor: The Redwoods Group 
Make your NAYDO experience even more meaningful by giving back to the local community in New Orleans!  

Some reminders applicable to all projects:
  • Advance sign-up required; transportation is provided
  • Start time listed is the time to check-in and board the bus; end time listed is time your bus will arrive back at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.
  • Closed toe shoes (required for ALL projects); a hat, sunscreen and a water bottle required for outdoor projects
  • Dress is very casual; for outdoor projects wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Guests of registered attendees are permitted to sign-up for projects.

A Philanthropy Live! Team member will be in touch by email prior to the conference with more project details.

Philanthropy Live! Volunteers Appreciation Reception
Sponsor: The Redwoods Group
Wednesday, April 25
4:00 - 5:15 pm

Open to all NAYDO attendees who participate in one of the projects, come celebrate eight years of Philanthropy Live! with a reception recognizing the 2018 Philanthropy Live! volunteers. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and beverages while you preview the 2018 video.

Project 1: unCommon Construction (UCC)
Tuesday, April 24
8:00 am - 1:30 pm (includes lunch)

unCommon Construction (UCC) equips youth in and around New Orleans with the skills and experience necessary to confidently enter the workforce following high school or college.  High school students can apply to be part of unCommon Construction's Apprenticeship program where they earn school credit through taking part in the build process from start to finish, including the selling process. Students work after school and on weekends for four months in order to finish a complete home. These homes are then sold and the profits are used to help pay students for their time, award them with scholarships and funding upon graduation and help fund UCC's next project.

Under the direction of a skilled UCC staff member, Philanthropy Live! volunteers will take part in the home-building process, learning new construction techniques alsong the way. Whether it's pouring concrete, framing a house, or putting the finishing touches on with paint, participants will make a difference in the New Orleans community.

Project 2:
Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL)
(Exclusively for Young Professionals Class of 2018 &  Alumni)
Tuesday, April 24
8:00 am - 2:00 pm (includes lunch)

The Louisiana coastline is eroding away at the alarming rate of 16 square miles a year; that's a football field of land every 100 minutes! To reduce environmental consequences of coastal erosion, nonprofits like The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) are turning to oyster reefs which play an important role in helping to buffer the coastline from storms and surges. CRCL is a non-profit organization whose mission is to drive bold, science-based actions to rebuild coastal Louisiana. Their Oyster Shell Recycling Program collects shells from local New Orleans restaurants and repurposes them to develop and maintain oyster reefs that help protect the coastline.  Completed in 2016, the first oyster reef spanned a half mile and contained 1.7 million pounds of oyster shells. 

Now, NAYDO Young Professionals and Alumni will have the opportunity as Philanthropy Live! volunteers to contribute to the fight to save Louisiana's coastline by shoveling and bagging the oyster shells that will be used to make the next oyster reef in Barataria Bay.

Project 3: Belle Chasse YMCA Community Garden & YMCA Impact Tour
Project 3-Option B: Belle Chasses YMCA Impact Tour & Bench Assembly Project (added November 22)

Tuesday, April 24
8:30 am- 12:30 pm (includes snacks)

Hurricane Katrina devastated much of southeast Louisiana and surrounding areas. On its path from sea to land, Katrina's first stop was Plaquemines Parish where it made landfall as a Category 5 storm destroying homes, schools, businesses and hospitals. In the wake of this destruction and amid the rebuilding efforts, the YMCA of Greater New Orleans recognized the need for a place for the community to return to, where people could come together and heal. With tremendous community support including a $5 M grant from the former Conoco Phillips Alliance Refinery, the Y was able to open a new facility in Belle Chasse. This state of the art fitness, family and wellness community center opened in 2011 and has been expanding programs to meet community needs every since. In 2015, with the help of Phillips 66 and the local Belle Chasse Garden Club, the Y was able to start a community garden of nine flower beds and an herb spiral.

Philanthropy Live! Community garden volunteers will work to help beautify the garden and plant crops for the next season. There will be time for a tour of the YMCA, the newest YMCA facility in south Louisiana.

Philanthropy Live! Bench assembly volunteers will put together pre-cut wooden benches to be placed by fitness track and sports fields. 

Projects 4 & 5: ARC Mardi Gras Bead Projects   
10:00 am - 2:00 pm (includes snacks)
Tuesday, April 24
Project 4: 8:30 am - 11:30 am (includes snacks)
Project 5: 10:30 am - 2:00 pm (includes lunch)

Each year during Carnival season in New Orleans, hundreds of thousands of pounds of Mardi Gras beads are thrown in numerous parades around the city. But once the costumes, catches and carnival floats are put away, the ARC of New Orleans, a nonprofit organization serving people with intellectual disabilities, sorts, organizes and packages recycled beads for use in the following year's Carnival Season. This unique initiative employs differently abled individuals through green jobs that keep thousands of tons of waste out of landfills. Last year alone, ARC staff and volunteers organized, sorted and sold over 190,000 pounds of beads.

Philanthropy Live! volunteers will work alongside ARC's "Green Team" sorting and organizing Mardi Gras beads. There is no better way to get a sense of the scope of Carnival Season than to see the thousands of pounds of Mardi Gras beads waiting to be sorted.

Note: The ARC of New Orleans will be providing the beads and boas worn by conference greeters.