Father’s Day Social Action Event

The Humana “Nourish” Program: Presented by Metairie Bank and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans kicked off its 2019 schedule of volunteer initiatives with a wonderful Father’s Day Social Action Event at the New Orleans Women and Children’s Shelter in Central City on Sunday, June 16! In total, 13 Jewish community volunteers participated in landscaping and gardening projects, children’s art activities, and a pizza party.

A presentation garden was created in front of the building, and in the back volunteers placed both an herb garden and plants that would encourage a butterfly garden (including hibiscuses, milkweed, and a lemon tree!), with the idea that older children residing on site would be responsible for nurturing the gardens and thus exposed to experiential learning opportunities. In addition, a Program Coordinator from the City of New Orleans Health Department’s FitNOLA program met with the shelter’s adult residents to discuss health & wellness topics. And to top it all off, live music was provided by the Matt Lemmler Trio during the dinner service!

”On behalf of the New Orleans Women and Children’s Shelter, thanks so much to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and its volunteers and staff, as well as its Nourish program sponsors Humana and Metairie Bank, for a fantastic day that will have a lasting, positive effect on our residents. The entire group did a tremendous job, and our staff members and residents are excited to have the facility made more appealing by their landscaping and gardening work. In addition, the residents greatly enjoyed the food and music that were provided at suppertime! We look forward to working with the Federation and its Nourish program again soon.”

– Dan Silverman, Board Chair, New Orleans Women and Children’s Shelter

In order to make this happen and impact as many people as possible, we need the generous help of sponsors and volunteers around the community. From grants to financial sponsorships, and from food prep to toiletry drives, your help is both welcomed and encouraged. Nourish is a chance to bring together the New Orleans community and show that we value human dignity, kindness to others, and the virtue of repairing the world—one life at a time.