"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

The New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness, Inc. (NOAAHH)

Location: New Orleans, LA

Website: sidewalkinc.com

The New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness, Inc. (NOAAHH) began in 1985 when Grammy Trustee Award Recipient and Hall of Fame Inductee songwriter/musician Allen Toussaint and Grammy Award winner and lead vocalist of the Neville Brothers, Aaron Neville, brought together a group of New Orleans musicians for the purpose of performing a concert to benefit the hungry and homeless of Metro New Orleans.

Today, NOAAHH has developed into a successful nonprofit organization that annually presents concerts and gala celebrity mixers to raise funds to help alleviate hunger and homelessness in the metro New Orleans area. NOAAHH is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors. For its first 25 years, NOAAHH was headed by Sister Jane F. Remson, O.Carm. Currently, NOAAHH officers include Pierre Hilzim, president, Sandra Cordray, vice-president, with Sister Jane still providing guidance on the board.

Joining NOAAHH in their efforts are corporate sponsors whose support is needed to cover the production costs of the events. These sponsors donate both cash and in-kind services for which they are duly recognized in NOAAHH’s extensive publicity and on-site signage. Proceeds from the concerts are distributed in metro New Orleans by the NOAAHH Board of Directors using a carefully screened grant application process. To date, more than $1 million dollars have been distributed to charity since the first NOAAHH concert.

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