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ALS Walk

Saturday, October 17th
Audubon Park
More than just a few-mile trek, the Walk to Defeat ALS® is an opportunity to bring hope to people living with ALS, to raise money for a cure, and to come together for something you care about. The Walk to Defeat ALS® is The ALS Association’s biggest annual event, which raises funds that allow our local chapters to sustain care services and support research for much of the next year.

New Orleans Heart Walk

Saturday, November 7th
LaSalle Park next to Zephyr Stadium
Sign up for this year’s New Orleans Heart Walk and be part of the national movement that’s helping others live longer, stronger, healthier lives. Nationally sponsored by Subway Restaurants. It’s a free event…promoting physical activities and heart-healthy living! Heart disease is the number one killer in NOLA. Locally sponsored by Harvey Gulf International Marine, Bollinger Shipyards, Shell and Entercom Radio.

Elk's Lodge LSU/Bama Cook-Off

Saturday, November 7th
2215 Cleary Ave, Metairie
Enter the cook-off to win the cash pot or just come for to sample the food and watch the game. All proceeds benefit Elk's Programs. Details, call Elks Lodge #30 at 504-888-8152.

Boudin, Bourbon and Beer

Friday, November 13th
Champions Square
The 5th annual Emeril Lagasse Foundation's Boudin, Bourbon and Beer celebrates all-things Louisiana at its 5th annual Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s Boudin, Bourbon & Beer on Friday, November 13th at Champions Square. The outdoor festival features 40 of the country’s best chefs cooking up their take on boudin, including Cory Bahr, Carey Bringle, Justin Devillier, Kristen Essig, and John Currence. Patrons will also enjoy an array of craft brews from Abita Beer, bourbon cocktails by Buffalo Trace, and live entertainment throughout the evening. The festival benefits the Emeril Lagasse Foundation which supports non-profit organizations that provide culinary, nutrition and arts education with a focus on life skills development programs.

Oyster Festival

November 13th-15th
St Clement of Rome School in Metairie
The annual festival includes tons of oysters - raw, fried and charbroiled! Plus rides for both big and small, games and fun. The bands this year are Bag of Donuts, Category 6, Paris Avenue and Groovy 7.

Pecan Festival

November 13th-15th
St Rita's in Harahan
Get out of your shell at the annual Pecan Festival.  This year's musical line up is The Topcats, Bag of Donuts and Chee Weez. Weekend filled with Great Music, the usual Festival Food and Drinks, Specialty Food from local restaurants, and Bungee Trampolines! And everyone’s favorite – the Rides! Check out the Pecan Shack selling all your pecan favorites and watch the games all weekend on the Jumbotron. Details at

Poker Run for Toys for Tots

Saturday, November 21st
The Clubhouse in Belle Chasse
Hosted by the Green Knights, this annual biker poker run is Southeast Louisiana's longest poker run at 170 miles. 6 stops, 50/50, auction, prizes, food and DJ. Registration fee is $30/rider, $25/passenger. New unwrapped toy gets $5 off registration.

Kidd's Kids

Donate at
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 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

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

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

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 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,

Animal Shelter - The nonprofit, no-kill shelter seeks volunteers to assist with office duties and animal care. Call or email 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 or visit

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,

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 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 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 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 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 Dorothy Dorsett Brown LA/SPCA Campus, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., Algiers, (West Bank), 368-5191, Volunteers - seeks volunteers to help renovate homes in the Lower Ninth Ward and assist with basic carpentry, Sheetrocking, tiling and gardening. Visit or email 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 for details. National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., (Warehouse District), 527-6012,

NOMA Docents - The museum seeks volunteer docents for a two-year commitment as museum tour guides. Visit 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,

Ochsner Medical Center - Ochsner seeks volunteers for patient care, clerical and service positions. Call 842-5085 or visit 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 and

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 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,

Shared Housing - Shared Housing of New Orleans seeks volunteers to work three to four hours a week. Visit 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,

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 for information. Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans (Uptown), (800) ITS-A-ZOO,

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