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Materials Donation Party

Posted By Karin Barbee, SCRAP NOLA, Friday, May 16, 2014

SCRAP NOLA is a new creative reuse center in New Orleans, our mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.

We are actively recruiting volunteers and stocking our shelves with donated materials.  Stop by and visit our store WEDNESDAYS - SUNDAYS, NOON to 6PM. Join us for wine and hors d'voeurs at our first Materials Donation Party on Thursday, May 29th at 6:00 pm.

Bring your donations in the form of unwanted art, craft or office supplies and let us put them to good use. 

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Big Buddy Seeks Enrichment Providers

Posted By Laurie Hardison, RSVP Southeast Louisiana sponsored by the AARP Foundation, Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Big Buddy Program is seeking qualified entities, companies, organizations and/or individuals to lead enrichment/recreation classes/courses for students participating in Project IMPACT Summer Enrichment Program, funded through the 21st Century Learning Center initiative sponsored by the State Department of Education.  Project IMPACT will serve students at Dalton Elementary, Lanier Elementary, St. Francis Xavier Catholic School and surrounding area schools.  Enrichment Providers will be responsible for leading enrichment/recreational classes which provide youth with experiences in dance, drama, visual arts, team sports, choir, chess club, sewing, cheerleading, cooking, wood working, etc.  Individuals, companies, and organizations with the capacity to work with under-supported youth on a weekly basis to learn a new skill or develop a talent are encouraged to submit a response to this Request for Applications.  Full guidelines are below.


Contract Duration:  May 19, 2014 through July 11, 2014


General Overview

To promote the goals and objectives of Project IMPACT, an academic and enrichment summer program led by the Big Buddy Program. The Enrichment Providers provide access to high quality enrichment/recreation/extra-curricular experiences otherwise unavailable to the population at the targeted schools.   Enrichment Providers will conduct bi-weekly (2 times per week) 1 ½ hour sessions that:  meet the outlined performance indicators related to enrichment/recreation exposure; align with core curriculum standards in math and/or reading; are based on a research-based curriculum and/or methods; adhere to industry/discipline standards for instructing youth; culminate at the end of the semester in a “Summer Showcase”.  Enrichment Providers should be aware that youth are often asked to perform at various times throughout the summer both for school functions and in community events.  Enrichment Contractors may request to teach up to 8 sessions per week if time and contractor availability meets the outlined schedule requirements.  Each class session meets twice per week.



  • Outline of lesson plans that will be executed each class session and the end result after all lessons have been completed (For example, end results for a ballet enrichment may be a 5 minute ballet number which demonstrates 10 beginner formations; the end result of the karate classes may be a 2 minute demonstration of karate warm up moves, etc.).   
  •  Summary page identifying the research-based curriculum being used.
  • Course Close Out Summary which includes the academic skills strengthened as a result of the course, progress of students as a class, and information that can be used to improve the course for the following semester. 



  • Enrichment/Recreation Providers will be compensated $50-$75/class for the Summer Session (June – July), approximately 6 weeks.
  • Enrichment/Recreation Providers will invoice the Big Buddy Program to receive payment no more than twice per month, not to be submitted prior to classes being taught. 
  • Payments will follow the schedule, in by Wednesday, out by Friday.


All taxes (Social Security, Medicare, State taxes) are the responsibility of the contractor.  Worker’s Compensation will be maintained for all staff hired by the Big Buddy Program.  All contractors will be issued a 1099 at the end of the year to be filed with yearly taxes.


Other Conditions:

On or about July 9. 2014, a review of the Contractor’s performance will be conducted using the attached deliverables as the foundation.  A positive review and the agency’s ability to locate sustainable funding can  result in a continuing contract for the following semester.


Other Expectations

  • Enrichment Providers must insure that instructors arrive at least 30minutes prior to the start of the session to insure the classes area is prepared to start the class upon students arrival
  • Enrichment Providers must have the capacity to provide a substitute instructor when the regular instructor cannot attend a class session. 
  • Bi-weekly contact (via email or face-to-face meeting) with the Program Operations Director and Enrichment Program Manager.
  • Professionalism when communicating with current and future employees and volunteers of the agency.
  • Attend staff training and site specific training prior to first day of enrichment class. Trainings will be held the week of May 28th
  • YELL, if more help is needed.


At Will Statement

The Big Buddy Program is an “at will” employer.  This agreement is a relationship that exists as long as both the Big Buddy Program Board and the employee determine that the relationship is in their respective best interests.  Contractors are free to resign at any time for any reason; however, advanced notice is requested.  Similarly, the Big Buddy Program Board or Executive Director is free to determine at any time that the continued agreement of any contractor is not in its best interest and to discharge the contractor.


Interested Applicant Instructions

All interested applicants should prepare a written response to this Request for Applications (RFA) which includes the following:


  1. I.                     General Information
    1. Name of Company, Organization, Individual or Entity
    2. Contact Name and Address
    3. Contact Phone Number (with area code)
    4. Contact Email
    5. Company/Organization Website (if applicable)
    6. Proposed Course Name
    7. Brief Overview of Course


  1. II.                   Personal Philosophy on Teaching Under-Supported Youth

Applicant should concisely explain his/her viewpoint on the importance of providing enrichment and recreational opportunities to support the development of under-supported youth. In your concise statement, demonstrate your knowledge of the impact extra-curricular experiences have on the academic outcomes of youth, especially those from low-income, high need backgrounds. 


  1. III.                Curriculum and Experience

Provide background information about the curriculum you are choosing to use as a format for the proposed classes.  In addition to the art, recreation or other discipline area being taught, share other essential life or academic skills the curriculum and/or your teaching technique will offer students in the class.  Provide examples of successful experiences you (or your company, organization) has had with teaching or developing the talents of youth.  Please attach a sample lesson for a class. 


  1. IV.               Outcomes

In addition to ensuring your class has a performance or display for the “Summer Showcase”, what goals do you hope to accomplish with your group of students participating in your weekly classes.


  1. V.                  Support from Sponsoring Organization

Tell us about the supports and resources you will need from the sponsoring agency, Big Buddy Program, to meet the goals outlined by the program and by your company.  For example, what equipment or supplies does your recreational course require?  Do you have an age preference?  Would you like to have volunteers assist you?  What is an appropriate group size for your course?  Is there a specific site you would like to target or are you open to all sites?


Interested applicants should submit your written proposal to:

ATTN:               Lauren Smith, M.Ed.

                        Program Director


                        1415 Main Street

                        Baton Rouge, LA  70802


Application Deadline:      May 16, 2014


Applicants submitting proposals adequately addressing the components outlined above will be reviewed and/or invited to an interview with the Program Operations Director and Enrichment Program Manager Final offers will be made to Enrichment/Recreation Providers by May 19, 2014 and final contract negotiations will take place.


All questions should be directed to Lauren Smith, Program Director, at or 225-388-9737.

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Big Buddy Takes Exception with MarketWatch Story

Posted By Laurie Hardison, RSVP Southeast Louisiana sponsored by the AARP Foundation, Wednesday, May 14, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: A recent article on the MarketWatch website declared "American teens don’t want to work.” The article went on to paint a not so bright picture of today’s youth.


The Big Buddy Program has hard evidence to dispute this claim.In partnership with the Mayor’s Office, the Big Buddy Program is offering 100 high school youth a chance for a paid internship this summer. The application process was detailed and took a lot of time, but in the one month application period over 500 teens applied for the 100 positions.



The Level UP! Summer Internship program offers teens a unique workforce development experience, complete with a Workplace Mentor and weekly Tool Time Workshops to teach career workplace skills so often overlooked in today’s education system such as:

  • time management
  • appropriate dress for the worksite
  • money management
  • workplace communication skills
  • self-motivation
  • and more


According to Big Buddy Executive Director, Gaylynne Mack, “the response to the call for applicants proves our youth are ready to take their place in today’s competitive workforce. All that is needed is for our businesses, organizations and individuals to step up to the challenge and make sure youth have the opportunities and experience needed to succeed.”


Mack continued, “Big Buddy would love to offer positions to each young person wanting a job. We need the Baton Rouge business community to step up and make this a reality. For $2,000, a business may sponsor a young person in the program. Big Buddy will do the rest, find a workplace host sites, teach the career workplace skills, etc. A donation for $1,000 will allow the teens working in your business to attend our Tool Time Workshops to strengthen and enforce professional behavior in the workplace. We ask the business community to answer our challenge to put our youth to work and at the same time, strengthen the economic future of our community!”

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Big Buddy Program Hosts Summer Enrichment Academy

Posted By Laurie Hardison, RSVP Southeast Louisiana sponsored by the AARP Foundation, Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Questions? Call the Big Buddy Office, 225-388-9737. 

General Information 

Monday, June 2nd - Thursday, July 10th 
Mondays-Thursdays; 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. 
Children can be dropped off as early as 7:30a.m.
*Children MUST be picked up by 4:00p.m.


St. Francis Xavier Catholic School
1150 S. 12th Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Istrouma High School
3750 Winbourne Ave. 
Baton Rouge, LA 70805



Our theme for the Summer Enrichment Academy this year is “Healthy Habits”. Youth will be engaged in enrichment activities and academic instructional exercises that reinforce the importance of a healthy lifestyle. We will investigate and practice good nutrition, exercise and knowing our bodies. 

K-4th Grade 

Small group academic instruction will be offered to all participants in the program. Students will participate in hands on activities based on skills taught during the regular school year that are in line with the theme “Healthy Habits.” 

Youth that participateparticipating in our Summer Enrichment Academy for Elementary (K-4th) students will be exposed to a variety of academic, cultural, recreational and enrichment activities. A sample schedule is provided below. Students will select the Enrichment Course they wish to study during the 6-week program. The Enrichment Course Selection Sheet will be completed at Parent Orientation (May 24, 2014). Students will be given the opportunity to select one Major Enrichment to be taken twice per week. Personal fitness and various forms of exercise will be introduced. Professional Educators (Teachers) will lead the academic component. 

Sample Schedule:

Monday                                                ACTIVITY
7:30a.m.-8:00am                               Breakfast
8:00a.m.-12:00p.m.                          Academic Enrichment
12:00p.m.-1:00p.m.                           Lunch & Prime Time
1:00p.m.-3:45p.m.                             Enrichment Courses, Healthy Habit Workshops,
                                                              Field Trip & Special Activities
3:45p.m.-4:00p.m.                             Clean up/ Dismissal

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BRAC's Monthly Luncheon featuring Hillar C. Moore, III, District Attorney EBR Parish

Posted By Rebecca Harris, Baton Rouge Area Chamber, Monday, May 12, 2014

Reductions in Crime: Decreasing the Crime Rate in the Baton Rouge Area through BRAVE

In 2012, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) was awarded a $1.5 million grant to institute the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination Project (BRAVE) project. BRAVE takes an innovative approach to fighting crime by focusing on the 70805, where a majority of the crime in the parish occurs, and proactively addresses some of the sources of crime. In 2013, the parish saw a 20 percent reduction in the crime rate.  This is an excellent opportunity to get an update on how this program is working to make our region a safer place to live and work.

  • Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014
  • Location: Hartley/Vey Studio, Manship Theatre, Baton Rouge
  • Parking: A parking garage is located at Convention Street and Third Street
  • Time: 11:30am networking, 12:00pm–1:00pm program
  • Cost: $20 for BRAC investors, $30 for non-investors (includes lunch provided by Boudreaux's Catering)
  • Information: Contact Rebecca Harris at 225-339-1174 or

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Sisters of the Holy Family Seeks Business Manager

Posted By LANO Career Center, Monday, May 12, 2014
Updated: Monday, May 12, 2014

Reporting to and in partnership with Congregational Leadership, this position with Sisters of the Holy Family in New Orleans will direct and oversee the financial and operational activities of the Community.  

The Business Manager will be responsible for the operational activities related to accounting, finance, and asset management as well as being involved in on-going financial planning activities. 

Duties include scheduling and directing work assignments of clerical employees, processing financial reports, and directing the financial and operational elements of the organization. Characteristics include ability to maintain many and varied internal and external contacts; and the ability to exercise judgment and initiative.

Essential functions include accounting and financial reporting, payroll oversight, budgeting, audit preparation, financial systems and processes, simple tax reporting, analysis of investment activity, oversight of properties/asset management, integrating with the development office, and long-range financial planning


  1. Bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting, or finance or significant industry experience 
  1. Non-profit/Religious business office experience
  1. Knowledge of database and accounting software application systems
  1. Three to five years of experience in financial, accounting, or operational management with responsibilities for general ledger, accounts payable and receivable and payroll activities, and property management
  1. Experience managing business office staff
  1. Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  1. Excellent analytical and organizational skills


TO APPLY: Please send cover letter, with salary history and resume, to



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GrantStation Sale: $119 Annual Membership

Posted By Ellen Mowrer,, Inc., Thursday, May 8, 2014

The TechSoup sale is over - did you miss the chance to get full access to all of our Member Benefits? As a special courtesy, you can sign up with us for the next few days for a full year of Membership for only $119.

Click here to join for a full year,
or to renew and add a year onto your existing Membership.

This offer is only available until Wednesday, May 14, Midnight Eastern Time, 9 p.m. Pacific Time.

If you have any questions, email us at or call us at 877.784.7268.

Also, a special thank you to the many who made the TechSoup offer so successful! You will be receiving your Membership information in the coming week. We wish you all the best of luck in your grantseeking, and let us know how we can help. If you have questions about the next steps with your enrollment, click here.



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Jazz Fest overcomes harrowing debt through leadership, collaboration and sustainability

Posted By Erica Crenshaw, Execute Now!, Thursday, May 8, 2014

The details of the last decade for the
New Orleans Jazz Fest read like a famous story. There are villains, heroes and a lot of drama in between. But nothing other than dramatics would be fitting for this remarkably entertaining event that has become a steadfast and beloved tradition.

Stories of financial success in the midst of dreadful circumstances are understandably captivating for nonprofit leaders, and this...

by Erica McGeachy Crenshaw, CEO of Execute Now!

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Hunter Erwin in Concert at Jefferson United Methodist

Posted By Carroll L. Morgan, Faith Employees' Employment Data, Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Jefferson United Methodist Church and Faith Employees' Employment Data (F.E.E.D.), a 501 (c) 3 non-profit charity, presents award winning cowboy gospel singer and Evangelist Hunter Erwin in a love offering Country-Gospel Concert May 16, 2014 at 6:30 P. M.  at Jefferson United Methodist church, 10328 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA. 

This is to benefit the unemployed by helping to fund the F.E.E.D.'s database that allows churches to minister to the unemployed by allowing them free access to the F.E.E.D. database.


Hunter Erwin is a southern country boy born September 29, 1978 and raised in a small town in Tickfaw, Louisiana.

Hunter has been a singer/songwriter of Christian country music since 1998. With his rich, baretone voice, he dedicates his talents to serving God and has had his share of success in the radio industry with 2 radio releases, both hitting the christian country charts, as well as award winning music videos.

Hunter has been blessed to have shared the stage in Nashville with such artists as Del Way, Mike Hammock, Mike Manuel, Tommy Brandt, Branded, The Fox Brothers, Charlie Daniels and Lonestar to name a few.


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Blondes vs. Brunettes® Baton Rouge

Posted By Tricia Ory, The Alzheimer's Association, Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Help us "Tackle Alzheimer's" by joining us on June 14, 2014 at The Dunham School field (located at Chapel in the Oaks on Siegen Lane) for our first Blondes vsBrunettes flag football game for women in the Capitol area. If you're not quite ready to hit the field, mark your calendars to cheer on your favorite blonde or brunette for 10 a.m. kickoff.  
Please visit to sign up to play or donate and "like" us on!
If you are interested in our volunteer or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tricia at 225.910.2835 or

Alzheimer's Association 
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 or visit 

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