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September News from the Community Center of St Bernard

Posted By Ann Juneau, Community Center of St. Bernard, Friday, September 9, 2011
Updated: Friday, September 9, 2011
The latest newsletter from the Community Center of St Bernard  is available online at Top news includes our food pantry distributing its 1,000,000 lb of food, our Executive Director Iray Nabatoff being named one of 5 finalists for the national 2011 AARP Hunger Hero Award, and much more!

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Louisiana Spirit Counseling Services at the Community Center of St Bernard

Posted By Ann Juneau, Community Center of St. Bernard, Friday, September 9, 2011

Louisiana Spirit team members will now be at the Community Center of St Bernard, 1111 LeBeau St, Arabi, every Wednesday from 10AM – 3PM to provide the following services:
Listening and emotional support
Information, referral and education services
Help with rebuilding social networks and natural support systems
Assist with developing your personal recovery

Louisiana Spirit's Coastal Recovery Counseling Program targets special populations in Southeast Louisiana including Children and Schools, Senior Citizens/Elderly, First Responders: Police Officers, Firefighters, EMTs, Oil Spill Clean-Up Workers, Physically Disabled Citizens, Fishermen, Oilfield Workers, Homeless Citizens, Unemployed Citizens, and Business Owners.

For more information about Louisiana Spirit programs and services, please phone 1.866.310.7977 or 504.224.2918.

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Establish, grow and deepen your business partnerships

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Thursday, September 8, 2011
Updated: Thursday, September 8, 2011
Would you like to create mutually beneficial partnerships between your nonprofit and local businesses to help with marketing and fundraising?

It's called cause marketing, and it's developed into a specialized field of its own.

Large nonprofits are hiring staff members whose sole job is managing these partnerships. But cause marketing can work for nonprofits of all sizes. You simply need to take the lessons learned from famous cause marketers like Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Livestrong, and scale those down to approaches that work at the local level.

That's what presenter and author Joe Waters will show you how to do during this CausePlanet webinar for LANO members on Thursday, September 29 at 3 p.m. 

During this webinar, you'll learn how cause marketing must benefit both the nonprofit and ... More

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Hunger Hero Nominee: Please Vote!

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 7, 2011

We're very proud that LANO member Community Center of St. Bernard Executive Director Iray Nabatoff has been nominated for the AARP Foundation's Hunger Hero award. 

This award recognizes the selfless work people do on behalf of seniors in communities like St. Bernard Parish and around the country.

Out of 108 national nominees, Iray is one of 5 finalists for the 2011 Hunger Hero award – but he needs your votes to make it to #1.

Please vote now at:

or use:

You can vote once per day every day from now until September 24, so remember to keep voting and spread the word. Thank you!

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Hagar's House Women Performing for Women, Thurs, Sept. 22

Posted By First Grace Community Alliance, Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Reserve your ticket now at for

A night of music, food, and celebration to benefit the women and children of Hagar's House

Women Performing for Women

Thursday, September 22, 2011, 6pm-9:30pm

with entertainment by:

Germaine Bazzle,


Zion Trinity, Tricia Boutte,

Amy Alvarez, Alex Bosworth,

& other talented women

of  New Orleans


Food provided by: Mandina’s, Café Degas, Café Abyssinia, Venezia, Nonna Mia,

Lebanon's, The Ruby Slipper, La Divina, Katie's, Redemption,

      & many other generous and decadent local restaurants


$40 (or $75 for a couple)

Ticket price includes all food & childcare

(If you need childcare, please RSVP the number of children.)

Additional donations are welcome, & all donations are tax deductible.

Tickets will be held in your name at the door.


Hagar's House will be honoring the Krewe of Muses for

their fun, creative, and persistent support of women in our community.

Attire: Come as you are.  

FANCY-FUNKY and/or GLITTER encouraged.


For more information:  *  504.210.5064  *

Hagar's House

A sanctuary for women and children

        "I had seen the darkest side of mankind before we saw the light at Hagar’s House. Every morning I wake up and see my children safe and happy, I hit my knees and thank God for this place," a former resident, Darkus, said.  Since opening in 2007, over 80 women and children have found sanctuary, rest, and a home at Hagar's House.  

        Hagar's House began two years after Katrina, during a time when there were 12,000 people living in New Orleans without homes, and hundreds were living in a tent city in front of City Hall.  Knowing this reality, a local homeless organization approached First Grace United Methodist Church- our founding support community- and asked the church to temporarily house people.  Despite the fact that First Grace had not repainted its walls, fixed its floor, or purchased pews since the hurricane, the church council unanimously said "of course” when four young AmeriCorps volunteers from Mississippi and Louisiana (who lived inside the church) proposed opening a women’s shelter in the building.  Two weeks later, the volunteer area of the church became Hagar’s House, a home for women.  We promised that while opening our doors and our lives to provide housing, we would do this while struggling to address the core issues behind why women and children were, and are still, without housing. 

        Now, four years later, we have fully rebuilt a new home, transitioned from an overnight emergency shelter to a 24/7 residential community, expanded our program to include both women and children, and implemented holistic health, social justice and resident savings programs.  Hagar's House is now a community of fun, smart, and creative women and children who are working with and for each other to transition into permanent housing.

         We hope you will join with our community as we celebrate and support the women and children of Hagar's House on September 22.

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Collaboration: What's the return on your effort?

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Updated: Thursday, September 8, 2011

When considering a nonprofit merger or alliance, we tend to agonize over identifying all of the joint possibilities, which is a task in of itself. While it's important to consider what you bring to the table as well as what your potential collaborator can offer, Nonprofit Mergers & Alliances author, Thomas McLaughlin, would add that sometimes it's helpful to draw upon a laundry list of benefits and take the ones that ...

Click here for the full blog post and receive a free copy of Thomas McLaughlin's article, "The Cost of A Merger."

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League of Women Voters Meeting will Discuss Proposed Privatization of Office of Group Benefits

Posted By , Friday, August 12, 2011
For Immediate Release: August 12, 2011
Contact:  J Armstrong

"How does the tentative sale of the LA OGB benefit anyone?"

The League of WoMen Voters of Baton Rouge (LWVBR)  will sponsor a special monthly public policy forum this month on a new day, Tuesday, August 16, 11:30 a.m. at Drusilla Place Catering, 3482 Drusilla Lane, Baton Rouge to address the concerns of LA taxpayers over the proposed sale of the Office of Group Benefits,

Invited forum panelists are:  Governor Bobby Jindal and/or his representative Commissioner Paul Rainwater or Chief of Saff/Executive Counsel Stephen Waguespack; G. Rolfe Miller, Managing Director, Morgan Keegan or the MK Representative handling the OGB contract; State Senator Butch Gautreaux, Chair, Senate Retirement Committee; Tommy Teague, Former CEO, OGB (Institutional knowledge); Stephen Monaghan, President, Louisiana Federation of Teachers (All Active employees); and Frank Jobert, Executive Director, Retired State Employees of Louisiana Association (All Retired Employees).   

Panelists, who have accepted are:  Senator Gautreaux, Tommy Teague, Stephen Monaghan, and Frank Jobert.  At press time, Erin Flynn, Executive Assistant to Commissioner Paul said that the Commissioner was still trying to work out his schedule to attend the event on Aug. 16.   Chief of Staff Stephen Waguespack has not returned phone calls so far, but Kelley McCormick indicated that someone from the Administration would be coming. 

LWVBR President Jean Armstrong said, "The League sincerely hopes that Paul Rainwater and a representative from the Governor's Office will participate on the panel next Tuesday. This community dialog must go on as the citizens have a right to ask questions and learn what their State government is doing regarding their Health coverage, which affects their daily lives."

On July 15, 2011 when the Jindal administration announced that Morgan Keegan would advise the Jindal Administration on a possible privatization of the Office of Group Benefits, Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater said in a prepared statement, "This is an important first step in what will be a lengthy, careful and thorough evaluation process to arrive at the best possible policy for plan members and taxpayers alike."  

He went on to say that  Morgan Keegan’s role will be to determine the "proper administrative structure” of the Office of Group Benefits.In correspondence to the LWVBR last week, G. Rolfe Miller, Managing Director, Morgan Keegan (Baton Rouge)wrote :"I spoke with our investment bankers last night and they indicated that we have not been hired yet to serve as adviser.  Therefore it would be inappropriate for us to participate in this Forum."  

A call was made to Morgan Keegan today.  Mr. Miller was out of the office.

The event is open to the public.  General Admission Tickets are $25.00.  LWVBR Member Discounted Tickets are $20.00.  There are only a few tickets left for this Tuesday "LWL."  Reservations are encouraged to ensured seating.  To purchase tickets, go to:  or send your request to:    For further information, call 225/927-2255. 

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TechX 2011 Registration Open: LANO Members Receive Significant Discount!

Posted By Claude Bethea, Transformyx, Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Registration is now open for the October 5-7 TechX 2011 Conference and Expo, hosted by Transformyx, a Baton Rouge-based IT company and LANO Associate Member.

Attending LANO members will receive exclusive discounted rates (see below for details).

TechX 2011 is a first-of-its-kind event for the Gulf South, offering an opportunity for regional businesses and nonprofits to educate themselves on the latest computer, networking and communications technologies.

Nonprofits increasingly employ mobile communications, remote file access, Internet-enabled social networking, broadband media and other innovations that allow them to operate more efficiently and to increase mission visibility.

LANO partnered with Transformyx to schedule and promote content of interest to nonprofits, especially those in education, healthcare, transportation, government contracting and social entrepreneurship.

Important TechX topics will include Mobile Devices, Cloud Computing & Virtualization, and Web & Social Media Marketing, among others. Dozens of speakers and exhibitors from regional technology companies and nationally recognized manufacturers will be on hand for this three-day event. 

With cost-sensitive nonprofits in mind, LANO encourages interested members to register for Wednesday and/or Thursday, October 5-6, when sessions tailored to nonprofit and small business concerns are concentrated.

LANO members will receive 10% off regular registration with member code, and an additional 10% savings using an earlybird code.

Transformyx is an Associate Member of LANO and supports Louisiana's nonprofit sector through special pricing and services to nonprofits and by presenting on relevant technology issues at LANO's annual conferences, including this year's event, Leadership Makes the Difference! being held on August 25-26 in New Orleans.

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Member Offers Discount Computers to Nonprofits

Posted By Nancy Craig, CACRC -Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council, Tuesday, July 26, 2011

CACRC (a LANO Member and member-benefit provider) wants all nonprofits to know that we have some great refurbished laptops now available at extremely affordable prices! 

All of our systems now come with Windows 7 Operating Systems, too! 

All you have to do is provide your 501c3 nonprofit status letter and you can choose from the following:

  • Windows 7 Laptops - $185.00 Total
  • Dual Core Windows 7 Laptop - $260.00 Total

We also have great desktops available too!

  • Windows 7 Desktop (No CD burner) - $95.00 Total
  • Windows 7 Desktop (with CD Burner) - $115.00 Total
  • Dual Core Desktop (No CD burner) - $110.00 Total

LCD monitors can be added to the systems too!

  • 15’’ LCD - $40.00 Total
  • 17’’ LCD - $50.00 Total
  • 19’’ LCD - $75.00 Total

Please Contact:

Clayton Forbes

CACRC Director of Communications

1400 Main Street

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

225-379-3577 P

225-379-3496 F

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Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, July 25, 2011
Updated: Monday, July 25, 2011
Grantwriting for Beginners

Are you involved with a non-profit? 
Does your job require you to raise funds for your department or position? 
Do you want to add a valuable skill to your resume?

Consider grantwriting!  

Grantwriting for Beginners is a hands-on workshop that gives you the basic skills you need to start writing grants.

Wednesday, August 10, 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.
First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans
5212 S. Claiborne Ave. between Jefferson & Soniat
Registration $35 per person. 
Discounts available for students and for organizations registering two or more people.
(Email to inquire about discount codes.)

Attendees will receive a certificate of participation after completing the workshop.  

Register at

For questions or to reserve your space and pay at the door, email

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