B-Cause Community & Charity Events

Pinch A Palooza 2014

Sunday, April 6th
Deanie's Bucktown
See The Revivalists, The Bucktown All-Stars, and Shamarr Allen liev while supporting two great causes! Pinch A Palooza 2014 will benefit Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation two local non-profits that support Louisiana's unique lifestyle and culture. Fest-goers can enjoy a variety of crawfish dishes and a crawfish eating contest.

Fundraiser for Michelle Smith

Sunday, April 27th
Knights of Columbus Hall, Kenner
The daughter of one of our co-workers has been battling an unknown illness for a year.  After multiple surgeries and tests, still no doctor has been able to diagnose the problem. The next step is the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Please consider helping by attending the the fund raiser in order to help with medical bills, insurance payments and travel expenses to the Mayo Clinic. Spaghetti "Dinner" for lunch, Bingo Night, & silent auction. See flyer here

Shorty Fest

Thursday, May 1st
Generations Hall
This music-filled event highlights emerging young talent, including a performance by students participating in the Trombone Shorty Academy music performance program, and is headlined by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Shorty Fest benefits the Trombone Shorty Foundation’s programs in partnership with Tulane University to educate young musicians and help launch careers in music.

Saints Charity Softball Game

Wednesday, May 21st
Zephyr Field
New Orleans Saints Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs wants revenge – but it’s all for a good cause. Grubbs is hosting his annual charity softball game with more than 30 current Saints players expected to participate. The second annual Ben Grubbs #66 Foundation softball showdown features a fun-filled Home Run Derby at 6 p.m. followed by a game with the Saints Offense playing the Saints Defense. The Defense trounced the Offense 10-2 in last year’s contest, so Grubbs and his offensive teammates are already plotting ways to get even. Proceeds from the event will benefit the not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Ben Grubbs #66 Foundation, which supports local Boys and Girls Clubs.

A Run to Remember

June 14th
Terrabella Village, Covington
Dynamic Physical Therapy will hold the first “A Run to Remember” 1 mile and 5K Run/Walk on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, 2014 starting at 8 a.m. at Terrabella Village in Covington, Louisiana. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors.

LA/SPCA April Happenings

April 5th - Meet the “Canine Coffee Crew,” sponsored by the LA/SPCA will be held at Café Luna, located at 802 Nashville Ave., from 10:00am-noon and HEY CAFÉ, located at 4332 Magazine St. from 12:30pm-2:30pm.  LA/SPCA volunteers will be on hand to introduce you to a variety of shapes, colors and sizes of four-legged friends eager to find a new home.  So, come out and sip a cup of java and have a little coffee-time with a furry friend.  Call 368-5191 or visit la-spca.org for more information.

April 5th - “Kicking for K-9's"-Kickball Tournament-at St. Patrick's Park (440 S. St. Patrick) across from Mid City Yacht Club.  A fun day of kickball in the park with your pets.  Teams as well as individual players are welcome to attend.  The event begins at 9:00am with teams competing in kickball games then the teams with the best record will advance to the playoffs.  Event time 9:00am-4:00pm.  Registration for the event is $15 and teams and players can register at http://southernsportsleagues.com/tournaments.  For more information please contact Southern Sports Leagues at info@southernsportsleagues.com or 571-481-0820.  Food and drink are also available for purchase.  Proceeds benefiting the LA/SPCA.

April 5th - Neighborhood Pet Adoption & Bake Sale, sponsored by the LA/SPCA will be held at Petco, located at 5300 Tchoupitoulas St., from 11:00am-3:00pm.  LA/SPCA adoption counselors and volunteers will be on hand to help you select the right pet for your family.  A variety of shapes, colors and sizes of four-legged friends eager to find a new home will be available for adoption.  Call 368-5191 or visit la-spca.org for more information.

April 5th - Puppy Tales Neighborhood Pet Adoption sponsored by the LA/SPCA will be held at Rosa Keller Library & Community Center, located at 4300 S. Broad St., from Noon-3:00pm.  LA/SPCA adoption counselors and volunteers will be on hand to help you select the right pet for your family.  A variety of shapes, colors and sizes of four-legged friends eager to find a new home will be available for adoption.  Call 368-5191 or visit la-spca.org for more information.

April 6th - Pet First Aid/CPR Course, sponsored by the LA/SPCA will be held at the Louisiana SPCA, located at 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. from 9:00am-12:30pm.  Find out what to do if your dog suddenly stops breathing or your cat cuts her paw on a piece of glass and more.  This hands-on training course will teach you the basics in animal handling, restraint, pet first aid and CPR using realistic animal mannequins.  Taught by a Red Cross certified instructor, you will learn what to do in common emergency situations prior to seeking veterinary care.  Course fee is $65 and pre-registration is required to secure a seat at la-spca.org.

April 6th - BARK IN THE PARK at Zephyr Field, Fleas on 1st, Paws on 2nd, Tails on 3rd
Treat your dog and the entire family to a day at the ballpark with the New Orleans Zephyrs.  Sunday, April 6, 1:00pm, (Gates open at 11:30 with a pre-game strut at 12:40).  Sit in the stands or watch the New Orleans Zephyrs play the Colorado Sky Sox from the levee with your family, friends and best four-legged buddy.  Guests are encouraged to bring their four-legged friends and watch the game from the Levee or they can enjoy the game in a “humans-only” reserved seat in the stadium.  The first 1000 fans will receive a pennant courtesy of Raising Cane’s and the Zephyrs have partnered with local businesses to provide giveaways and information about services for your pets.  Booths will be located behind the Coors Light Party Shack.  Also, adoptables from Gulf Coast Doberman Rescue, Louisiana Boxer Rescue and MORE!!  Levee tickets are $6.00 per person (dogs welcome), reserved stadium seats are $10.00 or $12.00 per person (sorry, no pets).  50% of the proceeds of Levee tickets benefit the programs and services of The Louisiana SPCA.  Call 504.734.5155 for more ticket info.

April 12th - Critter Cinema, sponsored by the LA/SPCA will be held at the Louisiana SPCA, located at 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., from 6:00pm-9:30pm.  Great fun for animal-loving, pizza-eating, movie-watching kids!  What better way to end the week than getting cozy with kitties & puppies, enjoying G-rated critter movies, making friends with other young animal lovers and snacking on pizza & popcorn at the LA/SPCA!  For kids ages 5-10, please feel free to bring a sleeping bag, pillow and PJs.  $30 per child.  Pre-registration is required, please call 368-5191, ext. 207 or e-mail hollie@la-spca.org.  For more info visit la-spca.org/crittercinema

Sponsored by the Louisiana SPCA and the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association, the Palm Sunday Rabies Vaccination Drive will be held from 1:00pm-5:00pm on Sunday, April 13 at the following locations:
Engine 1 Fire House at 2920 Magazine St.
Engine 7 Fire House at 1441 St. Peter St.
Engine 12 Fire House at 5600 Franklin Ave.
Engine 17 Fire House at 4115 Woodland Dr.
Engine 24 Fire House at 1040 Poland Ave.
Engine 25 Fire House at 2430 South Carrollton Ave.
Engine 27 Fire House at 2118 Elysian Fields Ave.
Engine 35 Fire House at 964 N. Carrollton Ave.
Engine 36 Fire House at 5403 Read Blvd.
Only $15 (CASH ONLY) for a dog or cat rabies vaccination, tag and license.  Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers or on leashes.  The rabies vaccination drive is made possible by the Louisiana SPCA, Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association, City of New Orleans Health Dept., City of New Orleans Fire Dept. and Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans.  All vaccinations administered by members of the SLVA.  For more information go to la-spca.org

April 19th - “Run For It – Run for Spot!” Crescent City Classic Registration: Run for It & Register Now!  The LA/SPCA is 1 of 10 charities you can register for the April 19th Crescent City Classic by selecting the LA/SPCA as their Run for Charity.  Get in shape while helping the LA/SPCA animals.  Start training NOW for the CCC and WIN!  Get training schedules and tons of perks while Running for Spot.  Only 100 Team LA/SPCA bibs available.  Visit www.la-spca.org/ccc for details, prizes and how to register.

April 26th - Neighborhood Pet Adoption & Bake Sale, sponsored by the LA/SPCA will be held at Clearview Mall, located at 4436 Veterans Blvd., from 11:00am-3:00pm.  LA/SPCA adoption counselors and volunteers will be on hand to help you select the right pet for your family.  A variety of shapes, colors and sizes of four-legged friends eager to find a new home will be available for adoption.  Call 368-5191 or visit la-spca.org for more information.


Dooky Chase Foundation Gala

Saturday, June 14th
Hyatt Regency
The Dooky Chase Foundation celerates their 2nd annual Gala with a live auction and celebrity chefs, Shirley Chung one of Top Chef New Orleans Finalist will also prepare a dish!  The foundation seeks to support local non profit organizations that are engaged in culinary arts, cultural arts, education and social justice activities in New Orleans and Louisiana.

Kidd's Kids

Donate at kiddskids.com
Or donate $10 (via your mobile phone bill) by texting KIDD to 52000
Our Mission - SERIOUS FUN

At Kidd’s Kids, our primary goal is to provide chronically ill and/or physically challenged children (ages 5 to 12) with an unforgettable adventure! Throughout the year, we work hard to raise the funds necessary to send these special kids on an all-expenses paid, fun-filled, vacation to Walt Disney World ® in Florida. Most of our funding comes from donations made by listeners to the Kidd Kraddick In The Morning radio show, corporate sponsors, and various fundraising events.

Each year, we sponsor approximately 40-50 children and their families (including siblings between the ages of 5 and 16) for the trip, or as many as the Kidd’s Kids Board may deem appropriate under the circumstances. The Board will work with such sources as it deems appropriate to select children based upon the nature and severity of their illnesses, their ages, and the status of their financial needs.

All aspects of the trip are coordinated by Kidd’s Kids. All funds raised go directly to cover the cost of sending the children and their families to Walt Disney World®, administrative expenses of Kidd’s Kids, and to sustain an endowment fund for the purpose of providing long-term growth and stability for the charitable programs of the Kraddick Foundation dba Kidd’s Kids.

Helping Covenant House

Covenant House serves over 1,000 homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth (ages 16-21) every year. They have provided over 18,000 kids with food, shelter, clothing, medical attention, individual & family counseling, educational assistance, vocational & job training, life skills, short & long term housing, and more. Over the past year, their accomplishments include:
  • Crisis Shelter: served 565 youth and children, a 48% increase over the previous year.
  • Stable Housing: 55% of kids successfully reunited with family, enrolled in transitional or supportive housing, or saved enough of their employment income to rent an apartment.
  • Jobs: 54% of the kids in their employment program found jobs or entered job-training programs.
  • Rights of Passage: recently reopened our educational, vocational, and transitional living program for 36 youth.
Covenant House’s numbers continue to grow. The Cowen Institute estimates there are between 12,000 and 16,000 youth facing the dangers of the streets. In the past year, their average daily census has increased from 45 to over 100 kids per night.  To help, please call 504-584-1141 or visit www.covenanthouseno.org. In addition to monetary donations, they accept clothing appropriate for youth ages 16-21.  To volunteer, please call 504-584-1103.

Second Harvest Food Bank

Second Harvest Food Bank is leading the fight against hunger through food distribution, advocacy, education and disaster response. Donate online or see other ways to help at http://no-hunger.org

Wounded Warrior Project

Your generous, tax-deductible donation to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) enables us to help thousands of injured warriors returning from the battlefield and helps provide assistance to their families.  Donate online here

Stop Bullying: What You Can Do

  • Parents: Parents play a key role in preventing and responding to bullying. If you know or suspect that your child is involved in bullying, there are several resources that may help.
  • Educators: Schools are a primary place where bullying can happen. There are many tools on this website specific for teachers, administrators, and other school staff.
  • Community: Whether you work in law enforcement, mental health services, community or youth organizations, or any other role that works with children, there are resources to help you take action against bullying.
  • Kids: Bullying is being mean to another kid over and over again. There are things you can do to keep yourself and the kids you know safe from bullying.

Brees Dream Foundation

The Brees Dream Foundation is focused on advancing research in the fight against cancer, and providing care, education and opportunities for children. Since July 2007, the Foundation has contributed over $5.0 million to some 50 organizations including: Lusher Charter School, New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School, Sam Green Edible Schoolyard, Best Buddies, Beacon of Hope, New Orleans Outreach, New Orleans area Habitat for Humanity, Covenant House, the Audubon Institute, and NORD/Pontchartrain Park.
In the last year, the foundation has made significant contributions to the Tad Gormley Stadium renovation project, Hope Lodge, Idea Village, and the New Orleans Ballet Association’s NORD/NOBA Center for Dance.  For more info, visit DrewBrees.com

Volunteer New Orleans!

Looking for a way to help our community?  Here are some local charities and organizations who can use your help.

AIGA New Orleans - The New Orleans chapter of the professional association for design seeks volunteers for its upcoming events. Email volunteers@neworleans.aiga.org for details.

American Cancer Society - The American Cancer Society needs volunteers for upcoming events and to facilitate patient-service programs. Opportunities are available with Relay for Life, Look Good … Feel Better, Hope Lodge, Man to Man, Road to Recovery, Hope Gala and more. Call for information. American Cancer Society, 2605 River Road, Westwego, (Westwego), 833-4024 or (800) ACS-2345, www.cancer.org.

Animal Shelter - The nonprofit, no-kill shelter seeks volunteers to assist with office duties and animal care. Call or email arneworleans@aol.com for information. Animal Rescue New Orleans, 271 Plauche St., Harahan, (Harahan), 571-1900.

Another Life Foundation Volunteers - Another Life Foundation seeks volunteers recovering from mental illness to help mentor others battling depression and suicidal behaviors. Free training provided. For details, contact Stephanie Green at (888) 543-3480 or anotherlifefoundation@hotmail.com or visit www.anotherlifefoundation.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteers - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Louisiana needs volunteers to serve as mentors to area children. A volunteer meets two to three times a month with his or her Little Brother or Sister. You can play games, watch movies, bake cookies, play sports or plan any other outings you both would enjoy. Call for information. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Louisiana, 2626 Canal St., Suite 203, (Central Business District), 309-7304 or (877) 500-7304, www.bbbssela.org.

Big Shirley's of New Orleans - The restaurant needs volunteers to help plan for a city-wide fishing trip for New Orleans youth. Call Michael at 994-5585 or 862-5858 for details. Big Shirley's of New Orleans, 1434 S. Carrollton Ave., (Carrollton/Riverbend), 862-5858.

CASA New Orleans - The organization seeks volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates to represent abused and neglected children in New Orleans. Thorough training and support is provided. Call 522-1962 ext. 213 or email dhershberg@casaneworleans.org for information.

Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center - The center seeks part-time civil rights investigators with excellent writing skills, reliable transportation and no criminal convictions to help expose housing discrimination in the New Orleans metro area. Call 717-4257 or email mmorgan@gnofairhousing.org for information.

Hermann-Grima and Gallier Historic Houses
- The houses seek volunteers to serve as tour guides, cooking docents and more. Call 525-5661 or visit www.hgghh.org for information.

Hospice Volunteers - Harmony Hospice seeks volunteers to offer companionship to patients through reading, playing cards and other activities. Call Jo-Ann Moore at 832-8111 for details. Harmony Hospice, 519 Metairie Road, Metairie, (Metairie), 832-8111.

Jackson Barracks Museum Volunteers - The museum seeks volunteers to work one day a week for the Louisiana National Guard Museum. Volunteers prepare military aircraft, vehicles and equipment for display. Call David at 837-0175 or email daveharrell@yahoo.com for details.

 Louisiana SPCA Volunteers - The Louisiana SPCA seeks volunteers to work with the animals and help with special events, education and more. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and complete a volunteer orientation to work directly with animals. Call or email Dionne Simoneaux at Dionne@la-spca.org. Dorothy Dorsett Brown LA/SPCA Campus, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., Algiers, (West Bank), 368-5191, www.la-spca.org.

lowernine.org Volunteers - lowernine.org seeks volunteers to help renovate homes in the Lower Ninth Ward and assist with basic carpentry, Sheetrocking, tiling and gardening. Visit www.lowernine.org or email lauren@lowernine.org for details.

Meal Delivery Volunteers - Jefferson Council on Aging seeks volunteers to deliver meals to homebound adults. Gas/mileage expenses will be reimbursed. Call Gail at 888-5880 for details.

National World War II Museum - The museum is accepting applications for volunteers to meet and greet visitors from around the world and familiarize them with its galleries, artifacts and expansion. Call 527-6012 ext. 233 or email janet.mauer@nationalww2museum.org for details. National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., (Warehouse District), 527-6012, www.nationalww2museum.org.

NOMA Docents - The museum seeks volunteer docents for a two-year commitment as museum tour guides. Visit www.noma.org/docents or call 658-4113 for details. Deadline is Aug. 24. New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans (Mid-City), 658-4100, www.noma.org.

Ochsner Medical Center - Ochsner seeks volunteers for patient care, clerical and service positions. Call 842-5085 or visit www.ochsner.org/volunteer for details.

Operation REACH Volunteers - Operation REACH and Gulfsouth Youth Action Corps seek college student volunteers from all over the country to assist in providing recreational and educational opportunities for New Orleans-area inner-city youth and their families. For information, visit www.thegyac.org and www.operationreach.org.

Public School Volunteers - New Orleans Outreach seeks volunteers to share their enthusiasm and expertise as part of the ARMS-Outreach after-school program. Volunteers are needed in the arts, academics, technology, recreation and life skills. Email jenny@nooutreach.org or call 654-1060 for information.

Senior Companion Volunteer - The council seeks senior volunteers to assist with personal and other daily tasks to help seniors live independently. Call for details. New Orleans Council on Aging, Annex Conference Room, 2475 Canal St., 821-4121, www.nocoa.org.

Shared Housing - Shared Housing of New Orleans seeks volunteers to work three to four hours a week. Visit www.sharedhousingofneworleans.org or call 228-1795 or 896-2575 for details.

Teen Suicide Prevention - The Teen Suicide Prevention Program seeks volunteers to help teach middle- and upper-school New Orleans students. The next training sessions are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 17 and 25. Call 831-8475 for details.

Touro Volunteer Services - The infirmary seeks adult volunteers to assist with the Family Surgery Lounge, Patient Information Desk, book and goody cart, hospital tours and health screenings. Call Volunteer Services at 897-8107 for information. Touro Volunteer Services, 1401 Foucher St., (Uptown), 897-8107, www.touro.com/content/careercamp.

Zoo Ambassadors - The zoo seeks volunteers to serve as ambassadors by talking to the public about exotic animals. Training sessions are held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Call 212-5194 or email zoovolunteers@auduboninstitute.org for information. Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans (Uptown), (800) ITS-A-ZOO, www.auduboninstitute.org.

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