COMMUNITY

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Data.Nola.Gov — City Data Free Onlineimage

NOLA.gov is giving access to catalogs of public data dealing with permitting, calls for service, demographics and more. moreIf you’re a data junkie, here’s where you can dig into the New Orleans facts!

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Community Voices Projectimage

One of the most moving and positive outcomes of the challenges of the last 10 years is the strength of community engagement that is propelling our community’s recovery post-Katrina. moreIn this interview series, people were asked to identify positive and negative changes and challenges going forward. less

NOLA Youth Disaster DOTankimage

On August 22nd, teens from the New Orleans region are invited to participate in the 1st ever New Orleans DOTank! moreParticipants will talk with industry experts and then get a chance to brainstorm and develop solutions to real-world problems faced during Hurricane Katrina.Teens 13 – 19 are invited to participate in this free event. less

Stolen Bikes NOLAimage

New Orleans is fighting back against bike theft with this organized Facebook group that works to identify, report, and recover stolen bikes.

Garden on Maraisimage

Garden on Marais is an agricultural gathering space that provides educational opportunities and access to nutrient-rich foods. moreWe are currently looking for volunteers to join our team of gardeners!We are also launching a 4-H club for youth ages 6-13 this summer, beginning June 6th.Those who spend time in the garden working will eat from the garden’s bounty.Contact Kayla Wilson if interested: kmiller@elanministries.org.4600 Marais St.in the Upper Ninth Ward less

Sculpture for New Orleansimage

Sculpture for New Orleans” is an on-going sculpture exhibition placing monumental sculptures throughout New Orleans, from the well-traveled areas of Downtown, Uptown and the Garden District to City Park and the New Orleans Museum of Art. moreThe concept of the project is to bring national and international attention to the visual arts and the artists of post-Katrina New Orleans.With the support of an international field of artists, the sculpture exhibition will give local artists a chance to assist and install artwork, as well as the opportunity to network with the visiting artists.In addition, the show will give the local artists a much-needed support structure.Plans are in place for artists to lecture at local universities, including University of New Orleans, Tulane and Xavier. less

NOLA Green Mapimage

GreenMap helps you find locally grown food in grocery stores, farmers markets, and community co-ops. moreCheck out the New Orleans map to find local gardens and where their goods are sold. less

New Orleans Recreation Developmentimage

The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission provides safe, wholesome, educational, recreational and culturally engaging opportunities to the citizens of New Orleans. moreNORDC offers free recreational & cultural programs, activities and special events for NOLA residents of all ages rec centers and playgrounds across the city. less

Fringe Festivalimage

Fringe Festival is held every Fall and works to nurture emerging and established performing artists by presenting fun, fearless and affordable theater to the community and creating ties between artists, audiences, businesses and local organizations.

Habitat for Humanity: A Brush with Kindness Programimage

New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) is addressing blight throughout their new A Brush with Kindness (ABWK) program. moreABWK is an exterior home preservation service that provides painting, landscaping and minor repair services for homeowners in need.It helps low-income homeowners with the exterior of their homes.ABWK volunteers will help homeowners with exterior painting, exterior handicap ramps and other accessibility needs, minor exterior repairs, yard-clean-up& landscaping, and sidewalk repairs. less

Habitat for Humanity Homeownership Programimage

New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that provides the opportunity for individuals and families to purchase their own home through their First Time Homebuyers Program. moreYou can call (504) 609-3340 to make an appointment to determine if requirements are met and schedule an assessment. less


Neighborhoods

Destination:GNOimage

DestinationGNO was originally a site selection tool for economic developers. moreHowever it has now been made available to the public.The site highlights 48 communities around the region, includes a moving guide, and highlights information about New Orleans’ rich arts and culture, climate, cost of living, economy, education, emergency preparedness, healthcare, parenting, public safety, shopping, and transportation.The site also allows users to select lifestyle attributes important to them and populates suggested communities based on their selections. less

SELA Project Informationimage

The Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project is a massive drainage project across large sections of New Orleans. more This site, maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers and the S&W Board, gives updates on traffic, public meetings and more. less

NoticeMe – Land Use change tool for New Orleansimage

NoticeMe is a personalized notification tool that emails citizens to inform them of opportunities for public input on proposed land-use changes in the City of New Orleans

NOLA RoadWorkimage

RoadWork is an interactive map that shows planned, in progress, and completed infrastructure products. moreThe map is updated monthly.You can sort by funding source to see which local agency is the source of your commuter woes. less

NOLAParks

NOLAParks.com helps you see what outdoor recreation options are across the city.  The site allows you to see where various things like Dog Parks or Basketball Courts are located.

Shop Gentillyimage

Shop Gentilly has information on what’s open and available in Gentilly.

Upper Audubon Associationimage

The boundaries of the organization are St. moreCharles Avenue to the Mississippi River and Audubon Park to both sides of Broadway Street and includes approximately 400 addresses. less

Uptown Triangle Neighborhood Associationimage

contact: president@uptowntriangle.com —- The Uptown Triangle’s boundaries are Broadway Avenue, St Charles Avenue and the River (Leake Avenue).

Irish Channel Neighborhood Associationimage

Irish Channel Neighborhood Association Contact: Kara Morgan, President kara_L_morgan@yahoo.com

Preparedness Guide from Broadmoor Improvement Associmage

The Broadmoor Improvement Association has put together this guide that covers pet friendly hotels, evacuation resources for folks with specials needs and other good information on emergency preparedness.

Algiers Point Associationimage

Contact:
gallagher&#46dr@gmail&#46com

Eastern New Orleans Neighborhood Advisory Commissionimage

Old Arabi Neighborhood Association

Contacts:
Roy Matthews 277-9703
John Jackson 277-0630
Suzette Follette 324-8122
Sissy Melerine 214-6858
Peter Rusk 237-2991

Freret Neighbors Unitedimage

Contact:
neighborsunited@bellsouth.net

Touro Bouligny Neighborhood Associationimage

Contact:
James Smoak, President 504-891-4770
nolasmokehouse@aol&#46com

French Quarter Citizens, Inc.image

Contact:
info@frenchquartercitizens&#46com

Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents, and Associates (VCPORA)image

Contact:
Meg Lousteau 504-621-4080
meglousteau@gmail&#46com

French Quarterimage

Read and post on this Nola.com discussion forum.

Broadmoorimage

Read and post on this Nola.com discussion forum.

Uptown/Garden Districtimage

Read and post on this Nola.com discussion forum.

Mid-Cityimage

Read and post on this Nola.com discussion forum.

Marigny/Bywaterimage

Read and post on this Nola.com discussion forum.

Gentillyimage

Read and post on this Nola.com discussion forum.

Lakeviewimage

Read and post on this Nola.com discussion forum.

Claiborne University Neighborhood Associationimage

Contact:
Sandy Juarez 504-258-3846
sandy@cunanola&#46org

Carrollton-Riverbend Residents Associationimage

Contact:
Jerry Speir
jerryspeir@hotmail&#46com

Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development

5130 Chartres St. moreat Lizardi Street

The Center teaches stewardship of the Lower Ninth’s unique natural systems and provides resources to Ninth Ward residents including assistance in navingating the rebuilding process, information on sustainable – or “green” – technologies and materials, low- or no-cost building materials. less

Freret, St. Roch Recovery Zoneimage

Gentilly Recovery Zoneimage

Lower Ninth Ward Recovery Zoneimage

Lower Gentilly Neighborhood Development Association

Contact:
Lemona Chandler, LGNDA President, 504-430-3454

Gentilly Heights/Vascoville Neighborhood Watch Association

Contact:
Gwendolyn Hawkins, Gwenhawk59@yahoo&#46com

Hollygrove Neighborsimage

Contact:
Carol Dotson
504-399-8691
hollygroveneighbors@yahoo&#46com

Fauberg Homeowners Improvement Associationimage

Contact:
Debbie Leon, 504-427-1147 or fhiacommunity@hotmail.com

Terrytown Civic Association

Contact:
Hank, 504-362-3111 or TerrytownT@aol.com

Lake Willow Homeowners Association

Contact:
r&#46baudy@att&#46net, 504-944-7001&#46

Lake Bullard Homeowners Association

Contact:
Lisa Stafford, Lakebullard@aol.com
504-352-0227

Lower 9th Ward Neighborhood Empowerment Network Association (NENA)image

NENA is a recovery center in the Lower 9th Ward that offers assistance to displaced residents (both homeowners and renters). moreCase managers help residents with rebuilding needs, furniture and appliances, Road Home issues, small business development needs, and more

1120 Lamanche St.
NOLA 70117
504-373-6483
9am-5pm M-F less

The Natural Resources Defense Councils Maps and Information, by Neighborhood (.pdf)image

Environmental quality reports by neighborhood from the Natural Resources Defense Council.


Local Services

Second Harvest Food Bankimage

Second Harvest provides food to 582 partners and programs across 23 parishes. moreOne in six households in Louisiana is at risk of hunger.Across our state and region, the rising cost of food, housing, and utilities, coupled with high unemployment and low-wage jobs have increased the need for emergency food assistance. less

City of New Orleans Property Viewerimage

Created and maintained by the City of New Orleans, the Property Viewer allows the user to see the status of individual properties and areas from a zoning, historic district and other perspectives as well as boundaries of those same demographics.

Magnolia Community Servicesimage

Founded in 1935, Magnolia Community Services provides support to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. moreThey offer support and services in twenty group homes throughout Louisiana, supported community living, vocational/day habilitation and wellness programs, and supported employment. less

Teaching Responsible Earth Education (T.R.E.E.)

TREE serves children and adults with life science education programming held in an Outdoor Classroom (Jean Lafitte National Park and the  piney woods of Saint Tammany).

Young Artists, Young Aspirationsimage

YAYA’s mission is to empower creative young people to become successful adults. moreWe provide educational experiences in the arts and entrepreneurship to New Orleans-area children and youth, fostering and supporting their individual ambitions. less

311 Information and Assistance in New Orleansimage

From streetlight outages  to pothole problems and blight complaints, New Orleans  can call 311 and get assistance. moreFrom outside the City of New Orleans, callers simply dial 504-658-2299.Agents are ready to take your calls Monday through Friday between 8 am and 5 pm.A large number of frequently answered questions have been collected and warehoused jointly with departmental experts and by information from other shared databases is available to 311 operators.On average, NOLA 311 resolves 70% of calls without transfer, Service Request, or follow-up. less

NOVAC – the New Orleans Video Access Centerimage

NOVAC provides independent filmmakers and aspiring film students with low-cost media training, educational programming, and networking events designed to help you create and develop a film career. moreAfter 40+ years of operation, NOVAC is the longest continuously running media-arts 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the Southeastern US.We have a mission to cultivate a sustainable film community by providing access to resources, education and locally generated content.NOVAC accomplishes this mission through education, career development, community outreach, independent productions, and special events.  less

NOLA Green Mapimage

GreenMap helps you find locally grown food in grocery stores, farmers markets, and community co-ops. moreCheck out the New Orleans map to find local gardens and where their goods are sold. less

RTA Interactive Route Mapimage

The RTA has several tools to help make better use of the transit system. moreThis includes trip planning, schedules and Google Maps integrated route maps. less

LASPCA Trap-Neuter-Return Programimage

Through aggressive spay and neuter, the Louisiana SPCA will reduce the feral cat population in Algiers significantly over the next two years.

LASPCA Trap-Neuter-Return Programimage

Trap-Neuter-Return is the recognized as one of the only ways to humanely control feral cat populations.

New Orleans Inspector Generalimage

The Office of the Independent Police Monitor (IPM) is an independent civilian police oversight agency created in August of 2008. moreOur goal is to improve police services to the community, citizen trust in the NOPD, and officer safety and working conditions.We do so by bringing accountability to the police department through independently observing the complaint investigation process; by brining transparency to the department by increasing access to public information about NOPD; and by insuring that departmental discipline, personnel practices, and policing practices are fair to both citizens and individual officers. less

Watch City Council Meetings Live Onlineimage

The New Orleans City Council offers free, real-time videos of council meetings as well as a searchable archive of prior meetings and a separate video feed for live emergency broadcasts from City Hall.

LaTrac Database Tracks State Spendingimage

This database provides information on state spending from consulting contracts to agency chief salaries&#46

504Wardimage

504Ward aims to encourage young people to stay in New Orleans and work to improve it. moreThe 504Ward website features resources, events, and opportunities for young entrepreneurs in the city. less


Public Safety

Bike & Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee added to City Councilimage

The New Orleans City Council voted unanimously today to establish a Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Advisory Committee, as proposed by Transportation and Airport Committee chairman Jared Brossett. moreThe committee will provide recommendations to the council pertaining to transportation safety concerns in accordance with the Vision Zero policy the council adopted in October 2014. less

Smart on Crime Louisianaimage

A campaign to reduce Louisiana’s prison population and lower recidivism rates by removing mandatory sentences for non-violent offenders.

Sidewalk Rules and Regulations for New Orleansimage

Maintaining a sidewalk in a proper state, free from hazardous conditions is the responsibility of the residential or commercial property owner.  Check this site, maintained by the City of New Orleans, for specifics.

Sewer & Water Board Water Quality Reportsimage

Yearly reports on the quality of water in the New Orleans Sewer & Water System.

Independant Police Monitorimage

The Independent Police Monitor helps make sure that public complaints about the NOPD are investigated and to do statistical analysis to help improve service.


Civic Action

I See Changeimage

I See Change is an online community almanac that allows its users to report unusual phenomena in the natural world and work with other community members to find out what is at the root of the change.

CBNO Mac – Committee For A Better New Orleansimage

The Committee for a Better New Orleans is the result of the 2002 merger of two New Orleans nonprofit organizations, the Metropolitan Area Committee and the Committee for a Better New Orleans. moreThe Metropolitan Area Committee was founded in 1966 as the first major community organization in New Orleans to reach across race and class lines.  Over the years, its primary areas of focus were public education and good government issues, as well as putting on the annual Metropolitan Leadership Forum.CBNO/MAC has graduated over 40 classes since 1968 and continues to enroll individuals in this program every year. less

NOLA Satellite Governmentimage

There are over 140 boards, commissions, public benefit corporations, security and development districts, and other entities that undertake public functions on behalf of the people of New Orleans. moreThis site is a guide to them all. less

The Lens’ “Vault” of Municipal Informationimage

The investigative journalism site The Lens has uploaded thousands of New Orleans city contracts to DocumentCloud and enabled full-text search as well as searching by department and vendor. moreThey have also included City salaries and have included a primer on how to read a government contracts and outlined what city agencies handle what. less

YLC’s Save the Lights Projectimage

In 1987 the Young Leadership Council (YLC) paid to have lights installed on the Crescent City Connection and the State DOTD agreed to pay for the upkeep.  When the tolls were removed from the CCC in 2012 the issue of how to pay for the lights became an acute one…

NOCOG Guide to City Council Meetingsimage

Learn more about whatʼs in the proposed budget and when, where and how to give input on your priorities in the ʻGuide to Participation in the City Council 2012 Budget Hearings’.

Watch City Council Meetings Live Onlineimage

The New Orleans City Council offers free, real-time videos of council meetings as well as a searchable archive of prior meetings and a separate video feed for live emergency broadcasts from City Hall.

Take Action on Charity Billimage

HB 780 goes before the House Health and Welfare committee of the Louisiana State Legislature on Wednesday, May 27 at 9am in Committee Room 5 of the Capitol in Baton Rouge&#46 The bill says that LSU cannot take land until they have an approved financing plan&#46 The National Trust for Historic Preservation and other groups working to save Charity ask that you support it by contacting members of the Health and Welfare Committee and asking them to support HB780 when they consider it on Wednesday, May 27th. moreClick the link to send an email or call the committee secretary at (225) 342-2404.You can also attend the committee meeting. less

Greater New Orleans Foundationimage

The Greater New Orleans Foundation is a community foundation that acts as custodian and administrator for charitable funds and fundraising. more They are the creators of the Impact 100, GiveNOLA Day, the Pay It Forward Fund and many more community fundraising efforts. less

Tipitina’s Foundationimage

Tipitina’s Foundation supports Louisiana and New Orleans’ irreplaceable music community and preserves the state’s unique musical cultures through its four main programs. These are: Instruments A Comin’, Sunday Youth Music Workshops, Tipitina’s Internship Program and Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Ops.


Volunteer/Donate

GiveNOLA Dayimage

GiveNOLA Day is a 24-hour, online giving event organized by the Greater New Orleans Foundation to ignite the giving community in Southeast Louisiana. moreThe goal is to inspire the community to come together for 24 hours to contribute as many charitable dollars as possible to support the work of local nonprofit organizations. less

Grow Dat Youth Farm & Farmers Marketimage

Grow Dat Youth Farm works to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through farming in a section of City Park. more They also participate in several area farmer’s markets.The farm works to produce healthy food for local residents and to inspire youth and adults to create personal, social and environmental change in their own communities.Grow Dat works to support public health, the local economy and a sustainable food system in South Louisiana. less

Garden on Maraisimage

Garden on Marais is an agricultural gathering space that provides educational opportunities and access to nutrient-rich foods. moreWe are currently looking for volunteers to join our team of gardeners!We are also launching a 4-H club for youth ages 6-13 this summer, beginning June 6th.Those who spend time in the garden working will eat from the garden’s bounty.Contact Kayla Wilson if interested: kmiller@elanministries.org.4600 Marais St.in the Upper Ninth Ward less

EPNO (Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans)image

EPNO is a giving circle that aims to engage young professionals in philanthropy and to increase the impact that these individuals can have by pooling their resources in a grant-making process for local nonprofit organizations. moreEach participant pledges $500 of his/her own money, and then has that matched by an employer, an outside funder, friends/family, etc.So, each person has $1000 to pool in a focus group (usually about 8-9 people per group) to then dole out the sum ($8000 – $9000) to selected grant applicants. less

Jazz & Heritage Festival Sponsored Community Organizationsimage

Jazz Fest funds a lot of great community initiatives – some of them are listed and linked below.

Sync Up Conference
Heritage School of Music
Talent Exchange

Save the Gulf Partners with JeffCAP for Oil Spill Recoveryimage

Save the Gulf is comprised of private citizens from the West Coast who have a genuine concern for our nation. moreThis non-politically affiliated movement decided not to sit at home and watch another disaster occur to the Gulf Coast again.Recently, the movement started an initial trip to Southeastern Louisiana where volunteers worked very hard to collect supplies and donations from the West Coast to give the supplies to real victims of the oil spill.Sponsorships for these trips are supported by generous donations through Universe Broadcasting.Save the Gulf is not affiliated with BP or any subversive agencies.The movement consists over 30,000 “patriots” who desires to assist the victims of the oil spill and its recovery efforts.Save the Gulf’s donations will go to JeffCAP and the Plaquemines Parish Health Department to provide supportive services to the victims of the oil spill.Universe Broadcasting Corporation is now willing to offer a $1 donation per individual who sends a Umail at http://www.UmailWizard.comto The National Wildlife Federation.You can do this for free for a limited time.In light of recent events, the Universe Broadcasting Corporation has created a fund of $1,000 to be dispersed to The National Wildlife Federation to help the wildlife affected by the oil spill.This fund will be donated when 1,000 individuals send one Umail using a new patent pending system.If one 1,000 Umails are not sent, the Umails that have been sent will be tallied and will make a donation based on that number.Every Umail sent is free and you can track and share your Umail forever.JOIN THE MOVEMENT!Visit http://www.savethegulfcrew.com and the Save the Gulf notes section on Facebook for more information.For more information, please visit JeffCAP’s profile on npnnola.com less

Volunteer Louisianaimage

Volunteer Louisiana is a state run website that posts volunteer opportunities throughout the state.

Evacuteer.org – Volunteer to Assist in the Event of an Evacuationimage

Evacuteer&#46org is an organization that aims to mobilize residents to volunteer for the City Assisted Evacuation Plan in the event of a mandatory evacuation. moreVolunteer – or “evacuteer” -your time and skills to ensure the well-being and safety of your neighbors and community.Volunteers must attend 1 training session and volunteer for at least a 7-hour shift.Find more information on the website. less

Rebuilding Together New Orleansimage

Rebuilding Together New Orleans is a local affiliate of a national nonprofit organization – Rebuilding Together – which has restored and revitalized more than 100,000 homes over the past 19 years. moreRebuilding Together New Orleans volunteers work under the supervision of skilled RTNO construction staff rebuilding the homes of low-income elderly and disabled residents.

One weekend a month, RTNO holds a “Local Build” for New Orleanians to help their neighbors rebuild their homes.The workdays are Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.The maximum group size is 50 people.There is no fee for local groups.To volunteer, contact Alyssa Provencio, Volunteer Program Officer, at aprovencio@prcno.org or 504.636.3076.

The next Local Builds will be Nov 7, Jan 23, and April 17. less

Help Louisiana Food Banksimage

The Louisiana Food Bank Association (LFBA) has requested $18 million from the state of Louisiana to support the Louisiana Nutrition Assistance Program (LANIAP) — a model program that allows the five food banks of the Louisiana Food Bank Association to purchase nutritious foods from Louisiana farmers, fishermen, vendors and wholesalers to help feed hungry families, children and seniors across all 64 Louisiana parishes. more2009 funding for Louisiana Food Banks and the Louisiana Nutrition Assistance Program (LANIAP) currently rests with the Senate Finance Committee.You can help the LFBA by calling, faxing or emailing members of the Senate Finance Committee&#46 Click the link to learn more. less

The Roots of Music Marching Crusadersimage

The Roots of Music is a grassroots after school music education program run by local musicians for at-risk middle-school students in New Orleans. moreMonday through Thursday and on Saturday mornings, students are bused from around the city to the training space where get academic tutoring, music theory and marching band training, a free hot meal and transportation home.The program is free for all students and includes a musical instrument of their choice.

The program is in need of: instruments as well as donations to cover the costs of busing, facilities, and salaries for our Instructors.

For more information or to donate visit the website or call (504) 460-2611. less

Habitat for Humanityimage

Habitat for Humanity offers home building at low cost for qualifying residents.

Services Provided: Home building at low cost for qualifying residents
Area Served: All areas
Eligibility: Must (1) need shelter, (2) be willing to partner, (3) ability to repay loan, (4) earn 35-50% of median income, and (5) have good or no credit
Contact Info: 504-861-2059
The process can take 1-2 years

Habitat ReStoreimage

Habitat ReStore accepts donations and resells new or used items such as sheet rock, roofing materials, doors, cabinets, and more for 30% to 90% off retail prices. moreAll profits from the Habitat ReStore are used to help Habitat build more houses in the New Orleans area.Donations of doors, windows, cabinets, working appliances, roofing materials, sheet rock, and lumber are needed.Any building or remodeling material that’s in good shape can be recycled through the Habitat ReStore, saving dumping costs and providing a tax deduction.To make a donation, drop it by the store, or call the Habitat ReStore at (504) 943-2240 to arrange for pickup. less

UNITY: Helping the Homelessimage

The number of homeless people in New Orleans has doubled since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005&#46 UNITY of Greater New Orleans is a network of agencies that helps to prevent, reduce, and end homelessness. moreTheir case managers help homeless residents get off the street by placing them in temporary housing or hotels and eventually into permanent housing.Homelessness is a community wide problem, and it can only be resolved with community-wide support.Volunteers are still needed to help reduce, prevent, and end homelessness in our community.Anyone interested in volunteer work with UNITY is encouraged to call Kathleen “Catch” Patton, UNITY Coordinator of Community Involvement, at 821-4496, ext.116. less

FixNola.orgimage

FixNola&#46org uses the extensive Volunteer Match database to match civic-minded New Orleanians with volunteer opportunities throughout the city. moreFind projects geared towards kids, education, hurricane relief, and community&#46 less

St. Bernard Projectimage

The St&#46 Bernard Project offers rebuilding assistance to the elderly (over 62), disabled, or those who have school-age children who have a house in St&#46 Bernard. more

Services Provided: General rebuilding assistance
Area Served: St.Bernard
Eligibility: Elderly (over 62), disabled, or those who have school-age children
Contact Info: 504-277-6831
Services are dependent on available volunteers

Those interested in volunteering can register online or email volunteer@stbernardproject.org. less

Volunteers of America Referral Servicesimage

Volunteers Of America is currently offering case management services for residents affected by the hurricane to acquire resources to stabilize their lives including groceries, appliances, clothing, and rental and utility assistance. moreThere is currently a month long waiting list.Call VOA at 504-483-3558 between 8:30 and 5pm Monday through Friday. less

Americorps Jobs to Help New Orleansimage

AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Vista offer 10 month work opportunities with local rebuilding projects. moreAmeriCorps members receive a $10,900 living allowance, health insurance, and a $4725 education award.Several positions in the New Orleans area are available.Visit the AmeriCorps website to find out more. less

DonorsChoose.orgimage

On this site teachers submit class projects in need of materials or expense coverage. moreBrowse projects and donate to one you wish to support. less

Nola.com Volunteer Forumimage

Forum for posting and discussing volunteer opportunities in the New Orleans area.

Volunteer with Common Groundimage

Show your solidarity with the people of the Gulf Coast by volunteering with Common Ground project&#46 To volunteer, email commongroundvolunteers@gmail&#46com, or call 504-218-6613&#46

City Park Super Saturday Volunteer Opportunitiesimage

Help clean City Park in New Orleans. moreOne Saturday each month – usually the first Saturday each month – volunteers are invited to meet at the tennis center parking lot (across from the Peristyle) at 9:00 a.m.Work assignments and tools will be handed out at that time and volunteers will work until 12:00 noon.Work may include pruning, raking, cutting grass, picking up trash, and planting. less

Hands on New Orleansimage

Hands On New Orleans volunteers have been at work every day to assist in the cleaning and rebuilding of many areas of New Orleans. moreVolunteers are still needed to aid the recovery process, and the Hands On action center in New Orleans will provide a starting point for those eager to make a difference.Hands On currently has opportunities to help with the Oil Spill response.

Hands On New Orleans
4153 Canal St
New Orleans , LA 70119
Phone: 504-483-7041
Email: info@handsonneworleans.org less

PNOLA – The Phoenix of New Orleans (Tulane/Gravier Neighborhood)image

The Phoenix of New Orleans is offering case management services and rebuilding assistance to homeowners in the lower Mid-City area and is helping to develop community assets that ensure a vital neighborhood. more

Rebuilding Services Provided: General rebuilding assistance
Area Served: Lower Mid-City, area code 70119
Eligibility: In order to quality for assistance, clients must demonstrate that they are financially unable to rebuild and have exhausted every resource available to them.
Contact Info: 504-322-3327 less

Habitat for Humanity – New Orleansimage

Search this site for NOAHH updates, volunteer opportunities, and other information about the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast.

United Way for the Greater New Orleans Areaimage

UWGNOA is the largest local charitable funder of health and human services in the six parish metropolitan New Orleans area comprising 137 programs operated by 61 parner agencies and 15 additional allied agencies. moreThey are participating in Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita relief and recovery efforts. less


Elections

Orleans Parish Registrar of Votersimage

Alliance for Good Government Endorsementsimage

Absentee Votingimage

Information on absentee voting.

Who's Running?image

View all candidates in the upcoming election on the Secretary of State website.

Polling Place Locatorimage

Type in your address and find your polling place as well as your voting district.

GeauxVote – Louisiana Election Schedules and Informationimage

Election news and schedule of all upcoming Louisiana elections from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office.

League of Women Voters of Louisianaimage

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government. moreThe LWV does not support or oppose any political party or candidate but influences public policy through education and advocacy.Find out more about the upcoming elections through these local League of Women Voters websites: New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, St.Tammany Parish less


Federal Taxes

IRS tax information for Oil Spill paymentsimage

The IRS has issued tax guidelines for payments received by Gulf Coast residents by BP or other sources.

Loyola College of Law Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

Tax preparation sessions, available to people with low to modest incomes, will be held on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm and Mondays and Thursdays from 5pm to 7pm&#46 The sessions begin on Saturday, January 31 and continue through Monday, April 13. more

The VITA office is located at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, 526 Pine Street Room 153.The general contact number for is 504-861-5668.

Those who attend the tax preparation sessions should bring identification, Social Security cards for each person on their tax returns, and all of their tax documents including W-2 forms, 1099 forms, Social Security statements and so on.This service is freeless

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)image

The Earned Income Tax Credit is the federal government’s largest program benefiting lower earning workersmore

EITC is a refundable income tax credit that could put as much as $4,824 into the pockets of a family with two children, or send as much as $2,917 to a family with one child, or up to $438 for a worker with no children.

The EITC is a valuable but complex tax break.Free help is available to determine eligibility and file to claim the credit at volunteer tax assistance sites or, for those who cannot visit a site during days/hours of operation, at a local IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center.The EITC Assistant, an online tool found on the official IRS website at www.irs.gov, offers simple steps on determining if you qualify for the credit.Taxpayers can also call 1-800-829-1040 to inquire about their EITC eligibility and how to claim the benefit. less

Important Tax Informationimage

Find important information about Federal and State taxes, plus organizations offering tax preparation assistance to low-income residents&#46

211 Tax Preparation Assistance Referral Serviceimage

By dialing 211 on a land line (or 1-800-749-2673), low-income residents in New Orleans can get referred to the nearest Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or EITC sites for assistance with their tax preparation&#46

Road Home and Taxesimage

This FAQ on the IRS website covers the Road Home grant as it applies to taxes&#46

Free Tax Assistance at the Community Center of St. Bernardimage

The Community Center of St&#46 Bernard, 1107 LeBeau St, Arabi is offering free income tax preparation services and electronic filing services through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). more

No appointment needed.Bring ID, Social Security Cards for all family members, and your tax documents (W-2, 1099).Assistance is available on the following days:
  • Monday, March 23, 10AM — 3 PM
  • Saturday, March 28, 10AM — 2 PM
  • Monday, March 30, 10AM — 3 PM
  • Saturday, April 4 10AM — 2PM
  • Monday, April 6, 10AM — 3 PM
  • Monday, April 13, 10AM — 3 PM
For further information, call the Community Center at 504-281-2512less

IRSimage

Find all the basic information you need about filing your federal taxes on the Internal Revenue Service website&#46


Local Taxes

Louisiana Tax Calculatorimage

This site helps you calculate your actual real estate taxes for the coming year for various Parishes throughout Louisiana.

City of New Orleans Tax Informationimage

The Tax Section of the City of New Orleans website.

IRS tax information for Oil Spill paymentsimage

The IRS has issued tax guidelines for payments received by Gulf Coast residents by BP or other sources.

Jefferson Parish Property Tax Onlineimage

The Jefferson Parish Online Property Tax System. moreYou can look up taxes, pay taxes and get assessment-related information. less

Digital Media and R&D Tax Credit Programsimage

Louisiana Economic Development has extensive information on the Digital Media, Quality Jobs, R&D Tax Credit and other programs. There are many CPA firms, Angel investors and others who can help get the credits.

Loyola College of Law Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

Tax preparation sessions, available to people with low to modest incomes, will be held on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm and Mondays and Thursdays from 5pm to 7pm&#46 The sessions begin on Saturday, January 31 and continue through Monday, April 13. more

The VITA office is located at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, 526 Pine Street Room 153.The general contact number for is 504-861-5668.

Those who attend the tax preparation sessions should bring identification, Social Security cards for each person on their tax returns, and all of their tax documents including W-2 forms, 1099 forms, Social Security statements and so on.This service is freeless

Important Tax Informationimage

Find important information about Federal and State taxes, plus organizations offering tax preparation assistance to low-income residents&#46

211 Tax Preparation Assistance Referral Serviceimage

By dialing 211 on a land line (or 1-800-749-2673), low-income residents in New Orleans can get referred to the nearest Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or EITC sites for assistance with their tax preparation&#46

Free Tax Assistance at the Community Center of St. Bernardimage

The Community Center of St&#46 Bernard, 1107 LeBeau St, Arabi is offering free income tax preparation services and electronic filing services through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). more

No appointment needed.Bring ID, Social Security Cards for all family members, and your tax documents (W-2, 1099).Assistance is available on the following days:
  • Monday, March 23, 10AM — 3 PM
  • Saturday, March 28, 10AM — 2 PM
  • Monday, March 30, 10AM — 3 PM
  • Saturday, April 4 10AM — 2PM
  • Monday, April 6, 10AM — 3 PM
  • Monday, April 13, 10AM — 3 PM
For further information, call the Community Center at 504-281-2512less

Louisiana Citizens Insurance Tax Creditimage

Residential and commercial property insurance policyholders will receive an income tax credit for the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation regular and special assessments they paid because of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. moreYou can still file for this credit.Find out more on the Department of Revenue website. less

LouisianaAnswers.comimage

Louisiana Answers is designed to assist senior citizens and persons with disabilities in locating supportive services and resources. moreUse this website to find information about Louisiana’s in-home and community-based services or call the referral and assistance line at 1-800-738-2256less

Louisiana Department of Revenueimage

The Louisiana Department of Revenue’s website has current tax information, FAQs, and necessary forms for filing taxes this year&#46


Property Taxes

New Orleans Assessor Contact Informationimage

To appeal your assessment you should contact your assessor in person or by phone – all assessors are located in City Hall, 1300 Perdido Street, Room 4E01. moreAlgiers residents must go to the Algiers Courthouse annex where the 5th District Assessor is located.For online appeals, please use the Online Appeal of Taxable Valuation (this link will only be active from July 25, 2016 to 4 p.m.on August 18, 2016) less

Important Tax Informationimage

Find important information about Federal and State taxes, plus organizations offering tax preparation assistance to low-income residents&#46

Basic Information about Property Taxes and Assessmentsimage


State Taxes

Louisiana Tax Amnesty 2015image

November 16 – December 15 Amnesty will be granted for eligible taxes to qualified taxpayers who apply during the amnesty period. moreTaxpayers will settle accounts with the state by paying 100 percent of delinquent taxes, 83 percent of the remaining interest and 67 percent of the remaining penalties due, the Department of Revenue said. less

Louisiana Tax Amnesty Announced for 2014image

The Louisiana Department of Revenue has announced the Louisiana Tax amnesty dates for 2014. moreThe period will be from Oct.15 through Nov.14.This program offers non compliant taxpayers the opportunity to settle their accounts by paying 100% of delinquent taxes to the state with a waiver of all penalties and 50% of the interest owed. less

Louisiana Tax Calculatorimage

This site helps you calculate your actual real estate taxes for the coming year for various Parishes throughout Louisiana.

Digital Media and R&D Tax Credit Programsimage

Louisiana Economic Development has extensive information on the Digital Media, Quality Jobs, R&D Tax Credit and other programs. There are many CPA firms, Angel investors and others who can help get the credits.

Loyola College of Law Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

Tax preparation sessions, available to people with low to modest incomes, will be held on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm and Mondays and Thursdays from 5pm to 7pm&#46 The sessions begin on Saturday, January 31 and continue through Monday, April 13. more

The VITA office is located at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, 526 Pine Street Room 153.The general contact number for is 504-861-5668.

Those who attend the tax preparation sessions should bring identification, Social Security cards for each person on their tax returns, and all of their tax documents including W-2 forms, 1099 forms, Social Security statements and so on.This service is freeless

Important Tax Informationimage

Find important information about Federal and State taxes, plus organizations offering tax preparation assistance to low-income residents&#46

211 Tax Preparation Assistance Referral Serviceimage

By dialing 211 on a land line (or 1-800-749-2673), low-income residents in New Orleans can get referred to the nearest Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or EITC sites for assistance with their tax preparation&#46

Free Tax Assistance at the Community Center of St. Bernardimage

The Community Center of St&#46 Bernard, 1107 LeBeau St, Arabi is offering free income tax preparation services and electronic filing services through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). more

No appointment needed.Bring ID, Social Security Cards for all family members, and your tax documents (W-2, 1099).Assistance is available on the following days:
  • Monday, March 23, 10AM — 3 PM
  • Saturday, March 28, 10AM — 2 PM
  • Monday, March 30, 10AM — 3 PM
  • Saturday, April 4 10AM — 2PM
  • Monday, April 6, 10AM — 3 PM
  • Monday, April 13, 10AM — 3 PM
For further information, call the Community Center at 504-281-2512less

Louisiana Citizens Insurance Tax Creditimage

Residential and commercial property insurance policyholders will receive an income tax credit for the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation regular and special assessments they paid because of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. moreYou can still file for this credit.Find out more on the Department of Revenue website. less

LouisianaAnswers.comimage

Louisiana Answers is designed to assist senior citizens and persons with disabilities in locating supportive services and resources. moreUse this website to find information about Louisiana’s in-home and community-based services or call the referral and assistance line at 1-800-738-2256less

Louisiana Department of Revenueimage

The Louisiana Department of Revenue’s website has current tax information, FAQs, and necessary forms for filing taxes this year&#46