We did some things in 2022!
We did some things in 2022!

November 9, 2022

The Urban Conservancy - Giving Tuesday!

What Does Radical Generosity Look Like to You?

"Investing in the consistent wellbeing of all”...“Always paying kindness forward”... “Children going to bed each night and waking up each morning knowing they are safe and loved”... At the UC, we asked ourselves what a world centered on generosity looks like and these were some of our answers.

We’re so excited to once again participate in Giving Tuesday on November 29! It’s a global day of giving that envisions a world based on radical generosity; we hope you’ll consider kicking off the year-end giving season with a donation to the UC. 

We’re proud of what we have been able to accomplish in 2022 thanks to your past generosity!  Check out our 2022 Highlights Reel here.
Small Business Saturday

Shop Local for the Holidays

Supporting locally-owned businesses strengthens our local economy three times as much as supporting an online megaretailer, because money recirculates in our New Orleans economy longer. You only have to think of the local business owners, entrepreneurs, and their employees who spend the money they make with other local vendors, to envision how the cycle spins again and again.

Choosing to shop locally this year will contribute another benefit: helping stabilize our community as business owners are finally, after two years of uncertainty, feeling steady again.

See our guide to local deals, festive events and holiday markets on
StayLocal’s website. Let’s go out and #ShopSmallNOLA!

UC Hosts Garden and Green Infrastructure Tour 

This October, Urban Conservancy had the pleasure of partnering with the American Community Gardening Association for their annual conference, this year held in New Orleans! We participated in planning meetings and gathered items from generous donors for their silent auction. But our favorite involvement was hosting 25 attendees on a day-long Green Infrastructure Tour. 

The tour kicked off downtown and took us through the Lower Ninth Ward, the Seventh Ward, Mid-City, and ended with our old friends at Parkway Bakery and Tavern. Throughout, we saw homes and community spaces that are models for what infrastructure all over the city could look like. We loved spending a Saturday with such an interesting group of engaged gardeners from all over the country!

Special thanks go out to our partners who took time out of their Saturday to make it happen: Katherine Prevost at Bunny Friend Neighborhood Association and Waterwise Gulf South, Travis Banks of Gravel Road Builders and Construction Services  LLC, Lower 9th Ward homeowners Ms. Tribble Condor and Olga Jones,  Dr. Angela Chalk at Healthy Community Services and Waterwise Gulf South, Alexis Marceaux at Friends of the Lafitte Greenway, Edgar “Dooky” Chase III at Dooky Chase Restaurant, Mina Seck at Sprout NOLA, Jennifer Prout at Roji Gardens, and the whole team at Parkway Bakery and Tavern, who educated and fed the entire crowd.

A Win-Win for Hoffman Triangle Homeowner and Green Sector Trainees

A little over a year ago, the UC worked with Mastodonte LLC, Green Light New Orleans, and other partners to install French drains, rain barrels and a permeable basketball court to address homeowner Julie Hicks' standing water issues in the Hoffman Triangle neighborhood. 

Recently, Ms. Julie received a $10,000 estimate for home repairs that she couldn’t afford and asked if we knew of any resources to help, so we reached out to our friends who provide workforce training. Louisiana Green Corps and Groundwork New Orleans saw this as an opportunity for carpentry trainees to build skills and move forward on certification while providing a homeowner with needed repairs to her home. Within two weeks, the Groundwork crew had repaired and repainted stairs, railings, and fences. They also rebuilt the wobbly AC platform and water-sealed it so it will last a long time. Needless to say, Ms. Julie is thrilled!

We will continue exploring ways we can collaborate with our workforce training partners so homeowners at greatest risk of displacement due to flooding and other factors can age safely in place. Read more about Ms. Julie’s green infrastructure project.

Our Initiatives

We create projects to meet the needs of our constituents; that's how FYI, BASIN, and StayLocal came about. Sometimes we just lend a hand to get big ideas off the ground. The Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans and the Lafitte Greenway are examples of some of our most recent collaborative efforts.
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The generous support of our funders makes our work possible. We want to give a special thanks to the Wisner Donation fund, Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation, Greater New Orleans FoundationEntergy’s Environmental Initiatives Fund, and you, our all-important individual donors.
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