in 2015 we donated $6,000 to local charities. Read more about them below. Click on the organization name to visit their website
So who did we donate to this year?
Girls in science and technology, a program run by the lovely Donata Henry of the EBIO department that encourages young girls from across Louisiana to engage in scientific exploration. $1,000 from us was able to cover the entire cost of this year's program, allowing Henry and her team to focus on doing what they do best- educating and inspiring!
Our School at Blair Grocery, is an urban farming project in the 9th that works to empower youth as well as address issues of food security. We sent $1,000 their way. We also had a volunteer day at OSBG where we picked all the arugalua we could and I got to practice my golf swing with a sythe-thing on the encroaching weeds.
$1,000 went to Unity, an organization working to end homelessness in the New Orleans area. We have a special loyalty to Unity as they often take many of the items leftover after the sale. Which helps us keep items out of the dumpsters and saves our backs from moving items yet another time!
$1,000 went to The Green Project, which I like to describe as a bigger, badder year round Trash to Treasure. They work with salvaged materials (think wood, paint, bricks, lighting fixtures, super cool antique doorknobs) So you can keep good building material out of the landfill and someone else gets material on the cheap. They have a great pain recycling program (they are the first and only paint recycling program in the gulf south) In their own words " Today, we reclaim approximately 6 tons of materials a day and keep over 40,000 gallons of hazardous paints from our bayous, wetlands, lakes, and river each year." Pretty neat.
$2,00 went to Roots of Renewal, which I love for several reasons. First, the venture does nothing but good. They work in central city employing incarcerated youth and training them in a new set of skills- construction and homebuilding. All this while rebuilding blighted housing and offering case management services. Additionally, one of the founders Lilith Winkler-Schor went through Tulane's startup seed funding program, the NewDay Challenge the same time the T2T team did. I highly encourage donating to the program as it continues to grow and reach its full potential.
We love that we are able not only to reduce waste, save students money, and cover our costs- but actually help these amazing community organizations!
Easter Seals: We received an astonishing amount of crutches in 2014 and ended up donating 19 pairs to Easter Seals, a charity that provides a variety of services to help people with disabilities succeed.
Animal Rescue New Orleans: We were happy to donate linens, laundry detergent and storage containers to the only no kill shelter in New Orleans. Specifically, this organization aids animals in need of medical care or those who have experienced abuse or neglect.
UNITY: Through its bold initiative to end homelessness, UNITY provides housing and services to those most in need. UNITY also helps homeless individuals find affordable housing, thus acting as a support system to get people back on their feet. Trash to Treasure donated a truck full of bedding to this great organization.
Goodwill: This year we donated literally a truck full of home items, kitchenware and clothing to the local collection facility.