St. Bernard Community FoundationSep 23rd, 2013 | By Candace Griffin | Category: News
The St. Bernard Community Foundation has a dozen or so projects planned for this fall and is urging residents to volunteer or donate to their cause—making St. Bernard beautiful.
These projects include planting trees along thoroughfares, providing business beautification grants, anti-littering campaigns, gardening workshops, playground improvements, and many more.
The St. Bernard Community Foundation is a charitable organization established in 2006 to rebuild the community following the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita and they are still going strong today. The original funding for the organization came from an anonymous donation of $400,000 that is slowly dwindling.
“We’ve been able to make a little go a long way over the past eight years,” expressed Campbell. “We’re committed to doing what it takes to make St. Bernard a beautiful place to live, but we’re going to need help. The Foundation is focused on making lasting partnerships with other organizations such as Arc, to bring the community together through a united cause.”
Campbell, who is also a volunteer at the Arc of Greater New Orleans’ Chalmette site, has linked these two organization together with the hopes of benefiting the community.
Arc’s Chalmette site serves as a haven adults with disabilities. They simply mingle with other Arc participants, or the can apply for a job in the site’s garden, which produces various fruits, vegetables, and plants for sale to the public.
“We can use this place as an educational site to host planting workshops, water management discussions, and beautification processes,” said Campbell. “The Foundation is trying to stitch together different organizations to help benefit the quality of life in St. Bernard Parish through different events and projects. We’re building the community for the long haul.”
Their will be a plant sale at Arc’s Chalmette site to benefit the organization and help promote the efforts of both Arc and the Community Foundation to push natural beauty and resources in the Parish. The sale will be held October 4 at the Arc site at 3700 Jean Lafitte Parkway from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale will offer Confederate Roses, assorted flowers, broccoli, kale, rosemary cabbages, and more.
For more information on the community foundation or to make a donation please contact Polly Campbell at 504.554.7134, and for more information on Arc please visit www.arcgno.org or call the Chalmette site at 504.301.4360.