Giving Thanks with Generous, Genuine Generosity
During this week of Thanksgiving, we’ve been doing a bit of reflection. We have a lot to be grateful for, in large part thanks to our community. Our community supports us, and in turn, we have the valuable responsibility to give back, which we take very seriously.
Our team is diverse and represents our beautiful city of New Orleans. Every day we serve and bring together people from all cultures and walks of life. Food is a way of breaking down barriers, and it’s the very soul of what we do.
There are countless organizations in New Orleans working tirelessly to help make our community better. This year, we have donated over $150,000 to more than 125 non-profits, with the sole purpose of helping them achieve their missions.
We wanted to take this opportunity to give four of those organizations a platform to tell a snapshot of their story. Beyond these four, there are many other stories that deserve to be told. We’re going to do our best to continue to use our platform to not only support the community but help bring awareness to the positive works being accomplished by so many locally.
We’re grateful for your support so that we can pay it forward
As the oldest statewide coastal restoration organization, CRCL introduced Oyster Shell Recycling in 2014. Partnering with Bourbon House and other New Orleans restaurants, CRCL collects and returns oyster shells back to Louisiana waters. So far, they have collected 5,000,000+ pounds, built a half-mile living shoreline reef and have another one in the works. It’s a simple and delicious way to restore our coast. Once you shuck’em, Don’t just chuck’em!
Through 4,000 high-quality, standards-based gardening and cooking lessons, Edible Schoolyard New Orleans affirms that children are worthy of a place at the table, and hence a place in the world. Dickie Brennan & Co. has supported innovative hands-on experiences where students participate in food production in their school gardens, preparation in teaching kitchens, and staging through student-led and student-run school pop-ups and community farmers market stands. We believe that teaching children to develop healthy relationships through food, by involving them in every aspect of growing, preparing, and enjoying local, seasonal produce together in the community, helps to build confidence and critical thinking skills that will set children up for academic and personal success.
Reconcile New Orleans transforms the lives of young adults (ages 16-24) and the community through the ministry of reconciliation. We do this by encouraging personal growth, providing workforce development and training, promoting entrepreneurship, working with businesses, nonprofits and people of faith to support this transformation, and building strong communities through community economic development. The Café has served over 1500 students since opening in 2000. Reconcile has welcomed over 82 new students to its program between January and October of this year. Of these, 52 students have entered employment, internships, and education (with multiple students employed by Dickie Brennan & Co.)
The LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. LLS funds research to advance breakthrough therapies, and serve as the voice for all blood cancer patients.
LLS has invested more than $1 billion in critical research for cancer cures. Nearly 40% of all cancer drugs approved by the FDA since 2000, were first approved to treat blood cancers. A number of blood cancer drugs have been approved to treat breast, prostate, colon, liver, lung, and pancreatic cancers. These drugs have also been approved for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus and sickle cell disease. In addition to funding life-saving research, the local chapter provided over $1.6 million last year in local financial assistance to assist with travel and co-pay assistance to individuals in our community affected by blood cancer. The Mississippi Louisiana Chapter also lead the way to passing the oral parity bills which removed barriers for patients who rely on prescription drugs to treat their cancer. Mississippi was the first state to pass the bill with Louisiana being the second.
On a personal level, local staff and volunteers make visits to cancer centers within our community, delivering blankets and night lights to patients to help them during their treatments.
LLS is making cures happen—not Someday but Today!