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  • 02/19/2016
  • Posted by Kathy Muse

CSED Newsletter February 19, 2016

Volunteer Spotlight: The Academy of our Lady of Marrero, LA

CSED recently welcomed awesome, local volunteers from The Academy of our Lady of Marrero, LA. They worked in the CSED Orchid, the CSED Outdoor Education Center and with the organization Garden on Mars.

We'll have lots of volunteers next month. Sign up for help today!
CSED is looking for more Lower 9 residents who could use help from our awesome volunteers. In March, we'll welcome hundreds of spring break volunteers into our community. Let them give you a hand! 
To sign up, stop by our new office at 5227 Chartres St. or give us a call at 
Vote for CSED to win a share of $50,000

To assist the endeavors of local non-profits in our community, Gulf Coast Bank rewards a total of $50,000 to the top 10 local non-profits voted on by the community. Voting will take place online from through March 15, 2016.
Guerrilla Garden Spring Kick-Off Party

The Backyard Gardeners Network invites the community to celebrate the opening of the Guerrilla Garden at a special kick-off party. The event will take place Saturday, Feb. 27, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. at the Guerrilla Garden, 600 Charbonnet Street. 
Enjoy free food, music, a mini-market, family activities and face painting from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. and a Spring planting workshop at 3 p.m. 
For more information, call 504-875-2948 or e-mail info@backyardgardenersnetwork.org
A night of PoEATry at Cafe Dauphine 

Tekrema Center for Art and Culture will host their monthly gathering to celebrate food, poetry, music and friends Monday, Feb. 29, 7 p.m. at Cafe Dauphine, 5229 Dauphine St. 
Paid youth internship 

Limitless Vistas, Inc
. is recruiting for a new class, which begins March 9. It's an environmental conservation workforce development and job training program for youth ages 18 - 24 years old. Participants will earn industry-recognized certifications and skills to work as environmental technicians, and a stipend of $210 every two weeks. 
For more information, call 504-529-4301 or e-mail scallaway@limitlessvistas.org.
Updates from Garden on Mars 

Learn how to grow your own food with Garden on Mars! They'll be hosting a free, weekly gardening workshop every Saturday morning in March, 9 a.m. -11 a.m., at 2435 Charbonnet St. E-mail erin@gardenonmars.com  to register and visit their website for more information. 

2016 New Orleans Growing Calendar 
Garden on Mars is also selling calendars, including a month-by-month guide to planting and harvesting in New Orleans. Your $10 calendar purchase directly supports Garden on Mars in the Lower 9th Ward. 
Get yours today. 
Villa St. Maurice is now taking applications
Villa St. Maurice, located at 500 St. Maurice Ave., has plans to open this Spring. Seniors 62 and over and persons under 62 who require features of an accessible unit can apply today. Amenities include access to a van service, beauty parlor, outdoor seating, laundry facility, computer/library room and fitness center. Rent is affordable and based on income. 

For more information, call 504-227-3313 or 504-944-0512. 

Free business information sessions
Learn about business opportunities with New Orleans' festivals at a free business information session, hosted by the city of New Orleans. A total of five sessions will take place each Wednesday through March 16. For more information, call 504-658-4237 or e-mail mmfrazier@nola.gov.
City to hold lottery for Jackson Square artists and vendors
The City of New Orleans announced that it will hold a lottery for qualified artists and vendors to obtain permits necessary to sell art in Jackson Square in the French Quarter on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.
In This Issue
CSED Lower 9 Resource Guide 
CSED is preparing the 4th edition of our Lower 9 Resource Guide. We encourage all Lower 9 business owners, churches and organizations to send us your updated information by the end of February 2016.  
If you'd like to submit information for the guide, please contact Beverly Jackson at 504 324-9955 or 504 756-1204. 
Save the Date: Connect the Nine
The 4th Annual Connect the 9 Community Bike Ride is Saturday, April 2. 
Now hiring

NORDC: Lifeguards
NORDC is now hiring over 100 summer lifeguards with starting salaries at $11.38 per hour. 
YAYA: Executive Director
YAYA, Inc., a dynamic arts education organization located in Central City, is seeking an Executive Director. 

Get details and apply online.
UNCF Empower Me Tour makes a stop in New Orleans

UNCF's Empower Me Tour is coming to New Orleans Saturday, February 20. 
City to host Neighborhood Engagement events
The city of New Orleans will host two Neighborhood Engagement events:  Neighborhood Leaders Roundtable on Public Safety on Saturday, March 5 and a weekly Civic Leadership Academy each Wednesday, starting March 30. 
CSED Team 

Chief Executive Officer 
Arthur Johnson

Program Manager
Kathy Muse

Volunteer Manager
Warrenetta Banks

Wetland Specialist
John Taylor

Energy Efficiency Assistant
Charles Reddick

Community Resilience Outreach
Beverly Jackson

Resiliency Manager for Coastal Restoration and Community Awareness 
Rachel Pickens



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