Check out one of this year’s community partner for Outreach Tulane 2013!

A Community Voice

A Community Voice is a neighborhood organization in New Orleans’ low to moderate income communities. It is a vehicle for the residents of the community to make changes in their communities as they attempt to restore them from the damages of Hurricanes Katrina and Issac. The members choose the issues that they want to work on in the neighborhood, they elect their own leaders and learn to participate in actions and policy making decisions that affect them.

There is vital information that is needed for low to moderate income households in the New Orleans East, upper and lower ninth ward communities. Among the critical information that will be disseminated to the resident is that which relates to new information regarding government services, updates on access to health care, new free programs for children/students and neighborhood meeting information.

The highest form of communication is a direct conversation with an individual, this allows them the opportunity to obtain vital information and for volunteers to learn about true New Orleanians. A Community Voice will canvass with 60 students, paired into a team of two, in each of three neighborhoods and provide a flyer to each household along with a short verbal message if the resident is home.

This activity is popular with volunteers because it allows them to engage with real New Orleanians, and those residents are accustomed to volunteers and some even like to tell them stories. This is very important because the dominant culture provides an image of neighborhoods, and therefore, their residents, as violent and bad. Previous volunteers have loved this experience because they had a way to positively exchange information with people who truly appreciated it, and to engage in a meaningful way with the real New Orleans. Breaking down barriers between generations, race, class and status is another goal of our organization, and this is one of the most effective ways to do just that — to allow the volunteers to have their own experience and to learn from it. 

Sign up for Outreach Tulane in August to help volunteer with A Community Voice or visit their website!

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